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

May 23, 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-four 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 6,382 ads placed for those occupations in April.
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 $13.28 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $29.09 per hour, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $20.23 per hour.
Thirty-seven percent of job ads have salaries in the $50-79,000 range; 25% have salaries of $80,000 and above; 22% have salaries in the $30-49,000 range; and 16% have salaries of $30,00 or under.
The top three employers posting ads in April were: UAB Medicine (805), McDonald’s (663), and Family Dollar (641). These were followed by Pizza Hut, CVS, Advance Auto Parts, Inc., Northrop Grumman, Baptist Health, Children’s of Alabama, and Jacobs to round out the top 10 employers with the most online ads.
The wholesale trade sector is the focus of this month’s in-depth analysis by the LMI division. The top five occupations with the most online ads are: stock clerks, sales representatives, driver/sales workers, first-line supervisors of retail sales workers, and light truck or delivery services drivers. In addition, 65% of these jobs require an associate’s degree or higher.
“Seventy-one percent of these highlighted jobs in the wholesale trade industry pay more than $30,000 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

April 2019 Online Ads
April 2018 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Retail Salespersons 2,475 1,945 27.2% $13.28
Registered Nurses 2,142 2,852 -24.9% $29.09
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1,765 1,941 -9.1% $20.23
Customer Service Representatives 1,295 1,184 9.4% $16.53
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 828 641 29.2% $9.27
Software Developers, Applications 776 609 27.4% $47.16
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 721 802 -10.1% $18.27
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 699 627 11.5% $15.41
Stock Clerks, Sales Floor 664 592 12.2% $13.14
Industrial Engineers 652 544 19.9% $42.99

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 2018 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 March 2019. 'NA' indicates data that is not publishable or occupation does not work the traditional 2,080 hours per year.


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