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

September 23, 2020

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For Immediate Release: September 23, 2020

Registered Nurses and Retail Salespersons Were the Most Sought-After Employees
in August According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data
FORTY-FIVE PERCENT OF JOB ADS WITH SALARIES $35K AND ABOVE

MONTGOMERY - Data collected and analyzed by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information (LMI) Division shows that the five occupations with the most online wanted ads continue to be for registered nurses, retail salespersons, truck drivers, sales representatives (wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products), and customer service representatives with more than 8,000 ads placed for those occupations in August.

The HWOL data is compiled from all online job postings in the state, including those posted on the state’s free online jobs database, AlabamaWorks.alabama.gov, and other sources; such as traditional job boards, corporate boards, and social media sites.

Twelve percent of job ads have salaries of $75,000 and above; 15% have salaries in the $50-75,000 range; 18% have salaries in the $35-49,000 range; and 55% have salaries of $35,000 or under.
The top three employers posting ads in August were: UAB Medicine (992), Lowe’s (770), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (502). These were followed by the University of South Alabama (404), Diversicare Healthcare & Therapy Services (331), Huntsville Hospital (295), Encompass Home Health (270), Baptist Health (246), Advance Auto Parts (240), and Grandview Medical Center (236) to round out the top 10 employers with the most online ads.

Software Developers are the focus of this month’s in-depth analysis by the LMI division. The median annual salary is advertised as $87,802. This occupation develops, creates, and modifies general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Software Developers also analyze user needs and develop software solutions. They may design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency, analyze and design databases within an application area, and working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. Specialized skills in Java and Dev Ops offer salary premiums based on job ads analyzed.