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The Hottest Jobs You Can Get Right Now

The Hottest Jobs You Can Get Right Now
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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:

  1. Registered nurses: 199,082
  2. Software developers, applications: 83,649
  3. Marketing managers: 83,183
  4. Sales managers: 52,808
  5. Medical and health services managers: 51,833
  6. Network and computer systems administrators: 51,068
  7. Industrial engineers: 47,279
  8. Computer systems analysts: 46,852
  9. Web developers: 45,790
  10. Financial managers: 39,906
  11. Physical therapists: 39,711
  12. Pharmacists: 31,536
  13. Accountants and auditors: 27,900
  14. Information security analysts: 27,512
  15. Occupational therapists: 26,072
  16. Speech-language pathologists: 22,410
  17. Computer and information systems managers: 21,758
  18. Mechanical engineers: 18,113
  19. 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:

  1. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers: 984,669
  2. Food service managers: 33,408
  3. Computer user support specialists: 30,937
  4. Insurance sales agents: 18,834
  5. Medical records and health information technicians: 13,896
  6. Surgical technologists: 7,714
  7. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists: 5,647
  8. Transportation, storage and distribution managers: 5,070
  9. Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail and farm products: 4,674
  10. Medical secretaries: 3,107
  11. Property, real estate and community association managers: 2,941
  12. Lodging managers: 1,900
  13. 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.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.