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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 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 want ads were for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses, and retail salespersons, with 6,648 ads placed for those occupations in June.
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 39,514 online ads this month, of those 15,266 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.

June 2017 Online Ads
June 2016 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 2,882 4,029 -28.5% $19.28
Registered Nurses 2,481 2,296 8.1% $27.71
Retail Salespersons 1,285 1,062 21.0% $13.19
Customer Service Representatives 698 672 3.9% $15.76
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 672 539 24.7% $18.52
Industrial Engineers 605 544 11.2% $41.84
Computer User Support Specialists 562 479 17.3% $22.81
Software Developers, Applications 524 375 39.7% $45.44
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 443 489 -9.4% $14.61
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 431 497 -13.3% $30.58

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.

Maintenance and Repair Workers, General continue to demonstrate a very high-demand with a 24.7% increase in online ads as compared to the same period in 2016. Tasks this occupation completes daily include: Perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair.
“Most occupations in this field require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “With an average annual salary of $38,525 and average annual openings of 515, this occupation shows large demand through 2024.”
The top three employers posting ads in June were: St. Vincent’s Health System (568), UAB Medicine (562), and Tenet Healthcare Corporation (405).
Thirty-nine percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and another 36% 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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