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

October 25, 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 13,000 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 retails salesperson, with 6,309 ads placed for those occupations in September. Overall ads were up over the month by 0.8%.
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 37,496 online ads this month, of those 13,902 were new ads.
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $19.38 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $27.94 per hour, and retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.22 per hour.
September 2017 Online Ads
September 2016 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3,131 3,528 -11.3% $19.38
Registered Nurses 1,905 1,962 -2.9% $27.94
Retail Salespersons 1,273 1,058 20.3% $13.22
Customer Service Representatives 638 610 4.6% $15.84
Industrial Engineers 607 459 32.2% $42.40
Computer User Support Specialists 579 537 7.8% $23.01
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 576 555 3.8% $18.75
Software Developers, Applications 499 412 21.1% $45.83
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 489 336 45.5% $14.69
Computer Systems Analysts 401 336 19.3% $39.39

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

Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers continue to demonstrate a high demand with a 45.5% increase in online ads compared to the same time period in 2016. With an average annual salary of $30,561 and average annual openings of 250, this occupation has a satisfactory outlook through 2024. These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
The top three employers posting ads in September were: UAB Medicine (583), Lowe’s (428), and St. Vincent Health System (418).
Thirty-seven percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and another 35% of all ads are between 30 and 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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