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Retail Salespersons and Registered Nurses Continue to be the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data

April 25, 2019

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Retail Salespersons and Registered Nurses Continue to be the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data
Eighty-Five Percent of Job Ads with Salaries Above $30K
MONTGOMERY - Data collected and analyzed by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information (LMI) Division shows that the most online wanted ads were for retail salespersons, registered nurses, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers with 6,583 ads placed for those occupations in March. Alabama online ads increased by 12% over the year.
The Help Wanted Online (HWOL) data is compiled from all online job postings in the state, including those posted on the state’s free online jobs database,, and other sources; such as traditional job boards, corporate boards, and social media sites.
Retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.55 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $28.43 per hour, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $19.99 per hour.
Thirty-nine percent of job ads have salaries in the $50-79,000 range; 25% have salaries of $80,000 and above; 21% have salaries in the $30-49,000 range; and 15% have salaries of $30,00 or under.
The top three employers posting ads in February were: UAB Medicine (807), CVS Health (712), and McDonald’s (658). These were followed by Pizza Hut, Lowe’s, Baptist Health, Regions, Auburn University, Domino’s, and Compass Group to round out the top 10 employers with the most online ads.
The Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Industry is the focus of this month’s in-depth analysis by the LMI division. The top five occupations with the most online ads are: software developers, applications, information security analysts, aerospace engineers, software developers, systems software, and network and computer systems administrators. In addition, 84% of these jobs require an associate’s degree or higher.
“Fifty-eight percent of these highlighted jobs in the professional, scientific, and technical industry pay more than $80,000 annually,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “These are high quality, high wage jobs.”
“We continue to see the importance of soft skills to employers,” continued Washington. “This is where our Career Centers come in. Alabama now has 50 Career Centers around the state that offer free services to jobseekers including job skill workshops, job searches, résumé preparation, and more.”
“We’d like to encourage anyone who needs a job, or wants a different job, to come into one of our Career Centers for assistance,” said Washington. “Our trained staff can assist you in obtaining the career you want.”
A listing of Career Centers can be found at

March 2019 Online Ads
March 2018 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Retail Salesperson 2,350 1,958 20.0% $13.55
Registered Nurses 2,102 2,782 -24.4% $28.43
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2,087 2,200 -5.1% $19.99
Customer Service Representatives 1,115 1,154 -3.4% $16.40
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 939 674 39.3% $9.16
Software Developers, Applications 886 572 54.9% $45.36
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 823 843 -2.4% $18.64
Cashiers 807 1,033 -21.9% $9.78
Stock Clerks, Sales Floor 701 607 15.5% $12.61
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 700 671 4.3% $14.86

Source: Alabama Department of Labor, Labor Market Information Division in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The above wage data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current Employment Cost Index (ECI) factors reflecting wages as of December 2018. 'NA' indicates data that is not publishable or occupation does not work the traditional 2,080 hours per year.


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