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

May 19, 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
11,935 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 4,803 ads placed for those occupations in April.
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 34,790 online ads this month, of those 11,935 were new ads.
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $19.28 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $27.71 per hour, and retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.19 per hour.
April 2017 Online Ads
April 2016 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2,001 5,321 -62.4% $19.28
Registered Nurses 1,897 2,061 -8.0% $27.71
Retail Salespersons 905 1,258 -28.1% $13.19
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 606 653 -7.2% $18.52
Computer User Support Specialists 585 675 -13.3% $22.81
Customer Service Representatives 546 716 -23.7% $15.76
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 516 429 20.3% $34.95
Industrial Engineers 509 636 -20.0% $41.84
Software Developers, Applications 445 428 4.0% $45.44
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 401 627 -36.0% $30.58

Software Developers, Applications continue to demonstrate a high-demand with a 4.0% increase in online ads as compared to the same time period in 2016. With an average annual salary of $94,520 and average annual openings of 165, this occupation shows good demand through projections for 2024.
“Good, quality jobs continue to be advertised in Alabama,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “Many of the top occupations need specialized training. This training is available, often at no charge, through your local career center.”
The top three employers posting ads in April were: UAB Medicine (404), University of South Alabama (379), and H&R Block (372).
Thirty-four percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and another 39% 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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