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

June 26, 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 7,290 ads placed for those occupations in May.
Total ads are up 14.8% over the month, and 16.7% 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 $13.28 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 $30,000 or under.
The top three employers posting ads in May were: UAB Medicine (833), Family Dollar (652), and McDonald’s (641). These were followed by Pizza Hut, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, CVS, Advance Auto Parts, Inc., Dollar Tree Stores, and Children’s of Alabama, to round out the top 10 employers with the most online ads.
The manufacturing 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: industrial engineers, first-line supervisors of production and operating workers, maintenance and repair workers, software developers (systems software), and aerospace engineers. In addition, 47% of these jobs require an associate’s degree or higher.
“Eighty-seven percent of these highlighted jobs in the manufacturing 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

May 2019 Online Ads
May 2018 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Retail Salespersons 2,594 2,066 25.6% $13.28
Registered Nurses 2,529 2,763 -8.5% $29.09
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2,167 2,280 -5.0% $20.23
Customer Service Representatives 1,522 1,143 33.2% $16.53
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 940 912 3.1% $18.27
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 915 701 30.5% $9.27
Software Developers, Applications 847 644 31.5% $47.16
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 788 680 15.9% $15.41
Cashiers 722 1,098 -34.2% $10.23
Industrial Engineers 717 594 20.7% $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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