Those looking for a technology or health care job should have a good chance of finding one in 2016, new research finds.
Jobs in the technology and health care industries dominate CareerBuilder's most in-demand jobs for the coming year. Of the 19 jobs that require a college degree, 10 are from one of those two fields, with an additional four on the list of hot jobs that don't typically require a college education.
To determine the rankings, CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) looked at the average number of people hired per month in more than 700 occupations from January 2015 to September 2015 and compared that with the number of job postings for each occupation. The jobs were then ranked based on those with the biggest gap between the two figures.
Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, said there is far more job-posting activity than hiring month to month for more than 100 occupations in the U.S. [Proven Job Search Tactics for Every Career Level ]
"While many of these jobs are in the technology and health care sectors, there are also plenty of opportunities in areas such as marketing, sales and transportation," Ferguson said in a statement. "The availability of jobs across industries underscores the need for companies to evaluate where their talent deficits are and become more strategic about how they fill these needs – whether that means reskilling their current workers, offering higher salaries to attract workers, or using data analytics to target talent with the right skills."
The 19 occupations that require a college education with the largest gap between job openings and hires:
- Registered nurses: 199,082
- Software developers, applications: 83,649
- Marketing managers: 83,183
- Sales managers: 52,808
- Medical and health services managers: 51,833
- Network and computer systems administrators: 51,068
- Industrial engineers: 47,279
- Computer systems analysts: 46,852
- Web developers: 45,790
- Financial managers: 39,906
- Physical therapists: 39,711
- Pharmacists: 31,536
- Accountants and auditors: 27,900
- Information security analysts: 27,512
- Occupational therapists: 26,072
- Speech-language pathologists: 22,410
- Computer and information systems managers: 21,758
- Mechanical engineers: 18,113
- Human resources managers: 17,315
The 13 occupations that typically don't require a college degree with the largest gap between job openings and hires:
- Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers: 984,669
- Food service managers: 33,408
- Computer user support specialists: 30,937
- Insurance sales agents: 18,834
- Medical records and health information technicians: 13,896
- Surgical technologists: 7,714
- Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists: 5,647
- Transportation, storage and distribution managers: 5,070
- Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail and farm products: 4,674
- Medical secretaries: 3,107
- Property, real estate and community association managers: 2,941
- Lodging managers: 1,900
- Claims adjustors, examiners and investigators: 643
This analysis uses EMSI's labor market database, which pulls information from more than 90 national and state employment resources.