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Retail Salespersons and Registered Nurses Are the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data

January 23, 2019

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Retail Salespersons and Registered Nurses Are the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data
Over 9,500 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 retail salespersons, registered nurses, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, with 5,845 ads placed for those occupations in December.
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 46,998 online ads this month, of those 9,570 were new ads.
Retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.55 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $28.43 per hour, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $19.99 per hour.
December 2018 Online Ads
December 2017 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Retail Salespersons 2,335 2,215 5.4% $13.55
Registered Nurses 1,867 2,887 -35.3% $28.43
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1,643 1,663 -1.2% $19.99
Customer Service Representatives 1,022 1,166 -12.3% $16.40
Cashiers 852 996 -14.5% $9.78
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 775 591 31.1% $9.16
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 745 688 8.3% $14.86
Software Developers, Applications 730 572 27.6% $45.36
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 620 574 8.0% $18.64
Industrial Engineers 599 412 45.4% $43.16

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 2017 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 September 2018. 'NA' indicates data that is not publishable or occupation does not work the traditional 2,080 hours per year.

“Software developers and industrial engineers are showing a lot of increased demand over the year,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. “Both of these high-wage professions have bright growth outlooks for the future.”
The top three employers posting ads in December were: CVS Health (728), UAB Medicine (685), and McDonald’s Corporation (631).
Twenty-six percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and 60% 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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