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

September 24, 2019

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Retail Salespersons and Registered Nurses Are the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data
Eighty 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 customer service representatives with 6,733 ads placed for those occupations in August.
Total ads are up 8.8% over the year, and 3.8% over the month.
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.
Retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.30 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $29.26 per hour, and customer service representatives earn a mean wage of $16.65 per hour.
Thirty-three percent of job ads have salaries in the $50-79,000 range; 24% have salaries of $80,000 and above; 23% have salaries in the $30-49,000 range; and 20% have salaries of $30,000 or under.
The top three employers posting ads in August were: Walmart, (847), UAB Medicine (837), McDonald’s (748), and Lowe’s (656). These were followed by Family Dollar, Pizza Hut, CVS, Advance Auto Parts, Inc., Dollar Tree Stores, and Lockheed Martin to round out the top 10 employers with the most online ads.
The transportation and warehousing 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: heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, general and operations managers, bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, and maintenance and repair workers. Eighty-eight percent of these jobs require a minimum of an associate’s degree.
“This sector has an average wage of $22.46 per hour, and 95% of these highlighted jobs in this 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
August 2019 Online Ads
August 2018 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Retail Salespersons 2,564 2,617 -2.0% $13.30
Registered Nurses 2,561 2,726 -6.1% $29.26
Customer Service Representatives 1,608 1,317 22.1% $16.65
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1,587 2,147 -26.1% $20.30
Cashiers 1,068 982 8.8% $10.24
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 976 992 -1.6% $9.36
Software Developers, Applications 900 752 19.7% $47.44
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 871 925 -5.8% $18.46
Stock Clerks, Sales Floor 798 616 29.5% $13.24
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 757 742 2.0% $15.46

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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