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

March 28, 2018

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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 wanted ads were for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses, and retail salespersons, with 6,665 ads placed for those occupations in February. Overall ads were up over the year by 2.4%, and up over the month by 6.2%.
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 38,974 online ads this month, of those 15,899 were new ads.
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $19.71 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $28.14 per hour, and retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.41 per hour.
January 2018 Online Ads
January 2017 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3,306 2,479 33.4% $19.71
Registered Nurses 2,089 1,965 6.3% $28.14
Retail Salespersons 1,270 1,119 13.5% $13.41
Customer Service Representatives 763 588 29.8% $16.02
Industrial Engineers 611 520 17.5% $42.49
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 580 566 2.5% $19.00
Software Developers, Applications 535 433 23.6% $46.15
Computer User Support Specialists 512 551 -7.1% $23.17
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 464 367 26.4% $14.94
Computer Systems Analysts 382 325 17.5% $39.67

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

“The number of ads for software developers is up nearly 24% over the year,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “Software Developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Employment for Software Developers, Applications is expected to grow at least 18% throughout 2024 with average total openings of 165. The average annual wage for Software Developers, Applications is $95,994.”
The top three employers posting ads in February were: Community Health Systems, Inc. (632), UAB Medicine (564), and Lowe’s (552).
Forty-one percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and 72% 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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