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

August 20, 2019

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Registered Nurses and Retail Salespersons Continue to be the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data
Eighty-one 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 registered nurses, retail salespersons, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers with 6,711 ads placed for those occupations in July.
Total ads are up 7.8% over the year.
The 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.
Registered nurses earn a mean wage of $29.09 per hour, retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.28 per hour, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $20.23 per hour.
Thirty-five percent of job ads have salaries in the $50-79,000 range; 23% have salaries of $80,000 and above; 23% have salaries in the $30-49,000 range; and 19% have salaries of $30,000 or under.
The top three employers posting ads in July were: UAB Medicine (843), McDonald’s (712), and Family Dollar (649). These were followed by Pizza Hut, CVS, Advance Auto Parts, Inc., Dollar Tree Stores, Lockheed Martin, Lowe’s, and Domino’s to round out the top 10 employers with the most online ads.
The construction 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: construction laborers, maintenance and repair workers, construction managers, electricians, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers. Fifty-three percent of these jobs require a minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
“A whopping 89% of these highlighted jobs in the construction industry pay more than $30,000 annually. For example, electricians earn an average wage of $23.88 per hour,” 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
July 2019 Online Ads
July 2018 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Registered Nurses 2,655 2,859 -7.1% $29.09
Retail Salespersons 2,397 2,414 -0.7% $13.28
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1,659 2,036 -18.5% $20.23
Customer Service Representatives 1,506 1,225 22.9% $16.53
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 946 840 12.6% $9.27
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 874 887 -1.5% $18.27
Software Developers, Applications 844 716 17.9% $47.16
Cashiers 838 1,146 -26.9% $10.23
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 716 704 1.7% $15.41
Insurance Sales Agents 683 422 61.8% $40.39

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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