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The Fastest Growing Temp Jobs

The Fastest Growing Temp Jobs
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There will be no shortage of opportunities for people looking for temporary work in the coming years, new data finds.

Employers nationwide are expected to add nearly 175,000 temporary jobs over the next two years — an increase of 5.9 percent — according to research from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl. The analysis is based on data from more 100 national and state employment resources.

"Today, nearly 3 million people are employed in temporary jobs, and that number will continue to grow at a healthy pace over the next few years as companies strive to keep agile in the midst of changing market needs," Kyle Braun, president of CareerBuilder's staffing and recruiting group, said in a statement. "Opportunities are opening up in a variety of occupations and pay levels, and this is a trend we're seeing in a wide range of industries and company sizes."

This year alone, 47 percent of employers are planning to hire temporary or contract workers, and nearly 60 percent expect to transition some of those workers into full-time, permanent roles. [See Related Story: 5 Ways to Embrace Temporary Workers]

As part of the research, CareerBuilder and Emsi compiled a list of fast-growing occupations for temporary employment over the next two years. Here are the jobs that have at least 10,000 positions available, are expected to grow the most and pay more than $15 per hour:

  • Computer service representatives – Jobs by 2018: 104,311; 6 percent growth
  • Administrative assistants (excluding legal, medical and executive) – Jobs by 2018: 73,931; 6 percent growth
  • Human resources specialists – Jobs by 2018: 73,094; 6 percent growth
  • Construction laborers – Jobs by 2018: 49,226; 6 percent growth
  • Registered nurses – Jobs by 2018: 44,885; 6 percent growth
  • Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks – Jobs by 2018: 29,878; 6 percent growth
  • Computer user support specialists – Jobs by 2018: 25,664; 6 percent growth
  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers – Jobs by 2018: 23,038; 6 percent growth
  • Machinists – Jobs by 2018: 22,512; 6 percent growth
  • Software developers, applications – Jobs by 2018: 15,624; 6 percent growth

Fast-growing temporary jobs that pay less than $15 per hour include the following:

  • Team assemblers – Jobs by 2018: 176,639; 6 percent growth
  • Nursing assistants – Jobs by 2018: 34,133; 6 percent growth
  • Personal care aides – Jobs by 2018: 28,813; 6 percent growth
  • Substitute teachers – Jobs by 2018: 28,973; 7 percent growth
  • Maids and housekeeping cleaners – Jobs by 2018: 19,198; 6 percent growth
  • Retail salespeople – Jobs by 2018: 18,569; 6 percent growth
  • Landscaping and grounds-keeping workers – Jobs by 2018: 16,248; 6 percent growth
  • Security guards – Jobs by 2018: 14,106; 6 percent growth
  • Light truck or delivery services drivers – Jobs by 2018: 13,644; 6 percent growth
  • Telemarketers – Jobs by 2018: 8,082; 6 percent growth

Temporary employment benefits both sides of the labor market, Braun said.

"Hiring temporary and contract workers helps companies stay flexible and adapt quickly to changing market demands," he said. "For workers, it opens doors for those who want to utilize various skills, build relationships with different organizations and explore career options."

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad 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. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.