December is underway and 2017 is almost upon us. In anticipation of the new year, CareerBuilder and Emsi have compiled a list of the top jobs for 2017. The list is based on pay, growth and number of jobs.
The study groups occupations into five categories: business and financial operations, IT, health care, sales and skill trades.
Of these categories, IT has seen the largest percentage growth over the past 4 years, with a job growth of 12 percent. Sales saw the lowest growth with 5 percent, while the other three categories each grew by 8 percent since 2012.
What does this mean for you?
As we gear up for a new year and you begin assessing your upcoming hiring needs, it’s worth knowing where you’re likely to face the stiffest competition for talent.
While technical roles that fall under IT have grown at the highest rate over the past four years, it is still the smallest category in terms of number of jobs. So, unsurprisingly, competition for the high-skill candidates to fill IT-related positions will likely continue to be fierce.
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Every good business experiences periods of growth. Some are influenced by customer demand, while others are spurred on by changing technology. CareerBuilder and Emsi have identified five industries in a new study that are poised for fast growth in 2017, which would be great news for both candidates and talent acquisition teams.
The new study uses CareerBuilder and Emsi’s extensive labor market database, which pulls from a variety of national and state employment resources as well as online job postings. Industries with the greatest potential were identified by three main factors:
- Occupations that pay, on average, around $20 or more per hour
- Employment has grown faster than the overall labor market from 2012 to 2016
- Occupations have high employment numbers that translate to even more job opportunities to job seekers
CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson believes that growth in these categories may be due to factors beyond simple supply and demand:
Our research shows that employers are very invested in expanding headcount in areas such as analytics and data science, product development and sales as they strive to stay competitive in B2B and B2C markets.
The table below shows industries and occupations where workers will find a larger number of opportunities in the coming year. (Note: The average hourly earnings are for the category overall. The job titles listed can earn significantly higher than the average.)
||2012-2016 Increase in Jobs
||Average Hourly Earnings
||Examples of In Demand Job Titles
|Business and Financial Operations
*Business Process Analyst
*Product Development Specialist
*User Interface / Front End Developer
*Mobile Software Engineer
*Information Security Manager
*Business Development Manager
*Client Services Coordinator
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