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

July 10, 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 16,000 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 registered nurses, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, and retail salespersons, with 6,468 ads placed for those occupations in May. Overall ads were up over the month by 2.2%.
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 40,995 online ads this month, of those 16,490 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.
May 2017 Online Ads
May 2016 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Registered Nurses 2,620 2,308 13.5% $27.71
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2,567 4,799 -46.5% $19.28
Retail Salespersons 1,281 1,146 11.8% $13.19
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 694 563 23.3% $18.52
Customer Service Representatives 677 706 -4.1% $15.76
Industrial Engineers 624 626 -0.3% $41.84
Computer User Support Specialists 618 550 12.4% $22.81
Software Developers, Applications 530 455 16.5% $45.44
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 483 441 9.5% $34.95
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 457 556 -17.8% $14.61

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 2016 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 2017. 'NA' indicates data that is not publishable or occupation does not work the traditional 2,080 hours per year.

Industrial Engineers continue to demonstrate a high-demand with a 4.7% increase in online ads as compared to the same time period in 2016. With an average annual salary of $87,026 and average annual openings, this occupation shows good demand through 2024.
“Several of the occupations listed this month as being high demand jobs have seen a large growth in demand over the year,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “Positions in the medical and technical fields continue to grow and carry strong wages.”
The top three employers posting ads in May were: UAB Medicine (520), St. Vincent Health System (505), and the University of South Alabama (503).
Forty percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and another 33% 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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