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Aug. 30, 2013
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Although the U.S. unemployment rate has dropped to 7.6 percent (from 10 percent in 2009), many Americans are still unemployed, underemployed or lacking in job security.  Prospects are worse for Millennials, even ones that are college-educated—only 65.4 percent of 18 to 29 year-olds with a college degree are employed full-time.

Some fields, however, have more job availability than others.  NerdWallet took a closer look at the top jobs in demand to determine which industries are hiring at a faster rate.  Some of these results are not surprising—healthcare diagnosing and treating practitioners comprise the top job in demand, and computer occupations and engineers also make the list.  Other jobs coveted by employers are more surprising, including information and record clerks, retail sales workers and motor vehicle operators.

Methodology:  We looked through industries that had the highest share of open jobs compared to the total number of job openings across the 100 largest metro areas.  We ranked industries according to how many times they appeared in the top ten jobs for all 100 metro areas.  We included all jobs that were in the top ten for at least 15% of the 100 top metro areas.

This is the first in our Jobs in Demand series—we will be taking a closer look at each of these high-demand jobs in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned!

Rank Job in demand Number of metro areas in which job appears in top 10
1 Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners 100
2 Sales Representatives, Services 99
3 Computer Occupations 98
4 Other Management Occupations 91
5 Information and Record Clerks 90
6 Supervisors of Sales Workers 89
7 Retail Sales Workers 81
8 Motor Vehicle Operators 75
9 Engineers 61
10 Business Operations Specialists 48
11 Financial Specialists 44
12 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing 22
13 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 19
14 Health Technologists and Technicians 18
15 Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, and Sales Managers 18
16 Operations Specialties Managers 17

Data was obtained from the Brookings Institute.  Data is from 2012.


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