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

January 25, 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 12,000 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 6,485 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 35,521 online ads this month, of those 12,145 were new ads.
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $19.63 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $28.01 per hour, and retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.42 per hour.
December 2017 Online Ads
December 2016 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3,390 2,340 44.9% $19.63
Registered Nurses 2,001 2,115 -5.4% $28.01
Retail Salespersons 1,094 1,000 9.4% $13.42
Customer Service Representatives 616 573 7.5% $15.94
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 606 476 27.3% $14.88
Industrial Engineers 552 482 14.5% $42.30
Software Developers, Applications 491 399 23.1% $45.93
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 467 538 -13.2% $18.88
Computer User Support Specialists 427 547 -21.9% $23.06
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 381 362 5.2% $35.33

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

“Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers are in high-demand, and projected to grow rapidly through 2024. These occupations usually require a high school diploma and commercial driver's license, and with an average hourly wage of $19.63 this occupation has a bright outlook. The economy depends on truck drivers to transport freight and keep supply chains moving. As demands for goods increases, more truck drivers will be needed,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor.
The top three employers posting ads in December were: UAB Medicine (592), Lowe’s (466), and Compass Group (462).
Thirty-four percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and 34% 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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