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

May 24, 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 16,000 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 6,626 ads placed for those occupations in April. Overall ads were up over the year by 6%, and up from March by 3.3%.
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 41,722 online ads this month, of those 16,637 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.
April 2018 Online Ads
April 2017 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3,690 2,558 44.3% $19.71
Registered Nurses 1,713 2,025 -15.4% $28.14
Retail Salespersons 1,223 1,193 2.5% $13.41
Customer Service Representatives 772 604 27.8% $16.02
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 676 635 6.5% $19.00
Industrial Engineers 673 560 20.2% $42.49
Software Developers, Applications 633 468 35.3% $46.15
Computer User Support Specialists 539 578 -6.7% $23.17
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 468 456 2.6% $14.94
Cashiers 463 206 124.8% $9.39

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.

“So many of our most sought-after jobs have great wages. For example, the average hourly wage for a registered nurse is more than $28 an hour. Employment for Registered Nurses is projected to grow 14% throughout 2024 with average annual openings of 1,750. The average annual wage for Registered Nurses is $58,518,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor.
The top three employers posting ads in April were: UAB Medicine (577), Lowe’s (492), and Pizza Hut (467).
Forty percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and 78% 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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