Based On Job Postings, Which Industries Show Promise?

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We recently reported on a survey that employers are offering jobs to applicants who are, unfortunately having to  turn them down due to low salaries. And survey after survey finds employers who claim to have trouble finding skilled labor. Qualified workers are hard to find, apparently. Add these findings to experts who say the recession is over — if you go by the textbook definition — and the economy is growing, albeit slowly. Suddenly the picture sounds rosy. Maybe rosier than you thought.

Naturally, job seekers hear these survey results and think, “Really? I’m qualified. Hire me.”

Understanding where jobs are growing and if they are growing at all is a difficult task. You can look to several resources, the Bureau of Labor Statistics being the most recognized. Analysts and researchers release their own figures each month, and they all have valid viewpoints, even if they differ. CareerBuilder decided to look at its own job listings over the previous 12-month period in order to see which industries have an increasing demand for workers.

Although technology and health care have been reliable bright spots for hiring, other industries are showing promise, too. Human resources, for example, has seen jobs posted over the last year increase by nearly one-third. Hopefully this increase reflects overall growth in companies, as HR is often in charge of hiring and recruiting new employees.

As expected, IT continues to be a strong industry. What you might not have expected is an increased demand in sales. With a healthy year-over-year increase, sales postings are strong. If the adage “You have to spend money to make money” is any indication, employers are ramping up efforts to bring new business through the doors. Salespeople are are key to increasing business and moving the company forward.

And for new graduates who entered the job market when hiring was OK but nowhere near the levels it was before the recession, the situation looks better. Entry-level postings have increased by almost half over the last year.

No single survey or indicator will tell you everything you want to know about today’s economy or its future. At best you can catch a glimpse of where it currently is and then use that information to help get the job you want. With several industries looking to hire more workers today than they were a year ago, let’s hope job searches become easier for everyone.

Remember, specializations such as human resources and sales exist across several industries. You find these workers at a majority of businesses. And health care and IT aren’t just comprised of doctors and technical support, respectively. They have workers at various levels and with various backgrounds. Therefore  growing industries and needed skills intersect at several points, creating a demand for more workers than you might expect.

  1. New jobs for entry level is a good sign and motivation to pursue college education, but it seems to be at the expense of the more experienced candidates. The multi-national company that I work for has also been more eager to hire RCGs than the more experienced candidates. Does it mean that those without a job for a long time are out of luck and should focus on creating their own jobs? Common People Services ( is one company that is focused on empowering individuals to use their skills and experience to make an earning. They are also creating new job opportunities and providing free training for the unemployed. What other companies are out there that focus on empowering individuals to find new ways to create their own job?

    • In the most recent article I read that listed the top 10 employers currently hiring in the nation … five of the ten listed employers were sleazy whole life / laughable annuity / and cancer- hopsital policy insurers with target markets consisting primarily of weekly payers on AFDC (welfare) that pay purely based upon commission with no paid benefits, holidays, etc.

      While this may be a great boon for the liberal press to “spin” some sort of craziness that the market is overflowing with new lucrative jobs … anyone with a modicum of common sense knows these are not “real” jobs. You have to use your own car, pay for your own gas and work long hours with no guarantee that you will even earn minimum wage. You make cold calls in horrible neighborhoods and usually end up putting out more in gas, time and energy than the pathetic commissions you may manage to earned by selling crappy and often worthless life products to poor people who neither need or can afford tem …

      The truth is that no literate soul in his or her right mind has any interest in buying a cruddy life policy in this dowtrodden economy. Commission only jobs are simply NOT real jobs. If you consider spending up to 60 hours a week and putting out of pocket a minimum of 500 a month in automobile insurance, upkeep and gas to earn a meager 200 a month in commissions a job then you do it … The prospect of working 240 hours a month to lose 300 bucks is NOT a job much less sane!

      I think it would be more lucrative to stand on the street corner and beg.

      • Victoira, or is it Victoria?

        What side of the bed did you wake up on today? Do you realize the the HIGHEST paid people (Other than CEO’s of multinational companies) are COMMISSION only salespeople? What’s wrong with working hard (which you don’t seem to want to do) and making as MUCH money as you can with no ceiling?

        If you don’t want to work hard, or at all, just get a job making $8/ hr. cuz that is what it sounds like you are suited for anyway!

        Sounds like to me that you are one of those Obama socialists who believes in letting the govt. take care of your lazy ass so you DON’T have to work!

        • LOL… my dad was in sales his entire life. he is now 70 years old. He works 7 days a week. He can’t live off of his 401K and his SSI. So that is what happens to sales people! They are a dime a dozen and yes, it is hard work but the payoff is not optimistic! My father worked his way up but as soon as he was laid off for a college kid he had to start at the bottom.

          The reason companies are hiring at entry level positions is because they can pay less for the people! Are they creating jobs? NO! They are in fact taking the jobs that they laid people off from and re-issueing them to the public as entry level!

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  2. Yea, IT is hot. Our IT contractors told me that their contracting company is training a bunch of H1bs in India to come over here to take American jobs … After all, Americans don’t want high-tech jobs any more – right?

    If they are willing to train Indians, why not Americans?!? What is WRONG with this picture?!?

  3. Put some real numbers to your article.

    Was 2, now 3 is “increased by almost half over the last year” but is that reason to be happy with millions out of work.

    • No! because once again the companies are NOT creating any jobs! They laid off Suzie because they pay her $50,000 and they are going to hire Paul, a college grad because they can pay him $25,000 and they pocket the difference! That is your job creation in this country!

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  5. Although I am employed as an Industrial Maintenance Supervisor I have found that jobs in my field are plentiful. The problem is they pay about 25% less than they did only a couple years ago. I have discovered that if I want to move or take another position I would have to work for 1980 wages. So I stay where I am……

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