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Truck Drivers and Registered Nurses Continue to be the Most Sought After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data

March 24, 2017

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Truck Drivers and Registered Nurses Continue to be the Most Sought After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data
Over 15,000 New Ads Placed Online

MONTGOMERY - Data collected and analyzed by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information Division shows that the most online wanted ads were for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses, and retail salespersons, with more than 5,500 ads placed for those occupations in February. Overall ads were up over the month by 6.2%.
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. There were 39,084 online ads this month, of those 15,774 were new ads.
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $20.11 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $28.01 per hour, and retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $12.75 per hour.
TOP OCCUPATIONS WITH MOST ONLINE ADS Online Ads January 2017 Online Ads January 2016 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2,506 5,293 -52.7% $20.11
Registered Nurses 2,013 2,442 -17.6% $28.01
Retail Salespersons 1,070 1,209 -11.5% $12.75
Real Estate Sales Agents 708 105 574.3% $30.00
Computer User Support Specialists 648 656 -1.2% $23.16
Customer Service Representatives 609 713 -14.6% $15.64
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 565 640 -11.7% $18.50
Industrial Engineers 563 653 -13.8% $43.64
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 483 434 11.3% $34.96
Software Developers, Applications 437 422 3.6% $46.54

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 2015 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 2016. 'NA' indicates data that is not publishable or occupation does not work the traditional 2,080 hours per year.

“Seven of our top ten most desired positions have average wages of more than $20 an hour,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “Employers are looking for qualified employees and are willing to pay them a good wage. We are encouraged by the fact that our top positions’ salary bases continue to grow.”
The Huntsville / Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area accounted for 54.9% of the top three most in demand computer occupations in February.
Occupation Alabama Huntsville
Computer User Support Specialists 648 273
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 483 272
Software Developers, Applications 437 316
Total 1,568 861 54.9%

The top three employers posting ads in February were: UAB Medicine (627), University of South Alabama (441), and Community Health System, Inc. (411).
Forty percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and another 32% of all ads are less than 90 days old.
“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

The Alabama Department of Labor / The Alabama Career Center System is a partner in Alabama Works, Alabama’s unified workforce system.


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