The technology sector is ramping up hiring and there's greater demand for health-care workers as baby boomers age, but job seekers, college students and grads take note: there are specific positions that companies need to fill more urgently than others.
"If you think of 10 years ago, a lot of the jobs that exist today didn't exist [then]. So with social media, online marketing, more advertising, there's just a tremendous demand for people with strong marketing and technical skills," said Joanie Ruge, senior vice president of Monster Worldwide, which runs the Monster.com job listings site.
Marketing specialists make about $67,000 per year on average, according to salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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The job search for software developers in particular could be easier than for others in the technology field, according to Monster. Demand has grown nearly 20 percent for those positions, according to a comparison of data during the 120-day period ended in July versus the same period a year ago.
But some more traditional jobs have seen major increases in demand as well. Nurses are actually the most in need across all job types, according to Monster. The demand for registered nurses has grown more than 20 percent, according to the company's analyses. And nurses bring in about $69,000 per year, according to the BLS.
Meanwhile, demand for truck drivers is up more than 27 percent and the need for retail salespeople is up nearly 14 percent, according to Monster, which considers Monster.com data as well as data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its research. Tractor trailer and heavy truck drivers make about $40,000 per year on average, according to BLS data.
And the positions listed among those with the least demand can be telling about the state of the economy, according to Ruge.
"We have certainly seen declines in the lending industry, so the jobs that have declined have been mortgage processors, loan processors, clerks, title examiners, really there has been quite a bit of decline in that industry. It kind of made sense with what's happened with the mortgage industry and housing," Ruge told "Big Data Download."
Title examiners, for example, make about $46,000 per year, according to the BLS.
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The demand for loan interviewers and loan clerks has fallen more than 25 percent, according to Monster Worldwide data.
And the need for machine operators, who make about $41,000 per year, is down nearly 17 percent, according to the company's data. And perhaps not surprisingly, demand for printing press and computer operators is down as well.
Thanks to consumers' continued migration to reading on the Web and on mobile devices, the demand for printing press operators declined a little more than 3 percent year over year. And the position of "computer operator," which has likely been rolled into many different jobs, is down about 8 percent year over year, according to Monster's data. Printing press operators and computer operators make less than $40,000 per year on average, according to the BLS.
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But job demand alone shouldn't drive job seekers' goals, according to Ruge.
"I also tell the college student: ‘you need to do something you love and you're passionate about so you're successful in life. So you've got to balance both,’" Ruge said.
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