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

September 18, 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 14,000 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 6,194 ads placed for those occupations in August.
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 37,183 online ads this month, of those 14,366 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.

August 2017 Online Ads
August 2016 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3,146 3,512 -10.4% $19.28
Registered Nurses 1,960 2,279 -14.0% $27.71
Retail Salespersons 1,088 1,104 -1.4% $13.19
Customer Service Representatives 655 531 23.4% $15.76
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 613 604 1.5% $18.52
Computer User Support Specialists 530 539 -1.7% $22.81
Industrial Engineers 519 447 16.1% $41.84
Software Developers, Applications 473 384 23.2% $45.44
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 446 405 10.1% $14.61
Computer Systems Analysts 391 332 17.8% $39.06

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.

Computer Systems Analysts continue to demonstrate a high demand with a 17.8% increase in online ads compared to the same period in 2016. With an average annual salary of $81,244 and average annual openings of 160, this occupation is expected to grow rapidly through 2024. Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
The top three employers posting ads in August were: UAB Medicine (507), St. Vincent Health Care System (424), and Tenet Healthcare (408).
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 Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “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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