Analysis reveals hottest professions for 2016

Human resource managers make the list of most in-demand jobs

Posted December 7, 2015

A recent report shows the forecasted most in-demand occupations for 2016. In partnership with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), CareerBuilder compiled a list of prominent jobs for the upcoming year. It is comprised of occupations where the number of job ads companies post each month outpaces the number of people they actually hire.

The list includes other data points, such as job growth and salary, which together indicate that these well-paying occupations have seen healthy growth and may be in demand in the coming year.

The analysis used EMSI’s labor market database, which pulled from over 90 national and state employment resources. CareerBuilder and 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 to the number of job postings for each occupation (aggregated from online job sites for the same period).

Among occupations that require a college education and have the largest gap between job openings and hires are the following:

Occupation Average Monthly Unique Job Postings Average Monthly Hires Gap Between Postings and Hires Job Growth 2010-2015 Total Employment in 2015 Median Hourly Earnings
Registered nurses 296,631 97,549 199,082 171,097 2,776,836 $32.04
Software developers, applications 114,921 31,272 83,649 126,277 727,753 $45.92
Marketing managers 91,630 8,447 83,183 23,692 193,619 $61.12
Sales managers 70,558 17,750 52,808 35,339 370,648 $53.20
Medical and health services managers 63,683 11,850 51,833 26,080 321,961 $44.62
Network and computer systems administrators 69,636 18,568 51,068 36,640 381,001 $36.44
Industrial engineers 55,264 7,985 47,279 25,426 244,225 $39.18
Computer systems analysts 71,555 24,703 46,852 87,023 556,922 $39.76
Web developers 52,431 6,641 45,790 22,282 130,161 $30.52
Financial managers 63,157 23,251 39,906 37,458 542,618 $55.44
Physical therapists 49,712 10,001 39,711 27,473 210,377 $39.61
Pharmacists 44,738 13,202 31,536 14,591 296,530 $58.15
Accountants and auditors 103,868 75,968 27,900 133,042 1,278,617 $31.70
Information security analysts 31,059 3,547 27,512 15,180 85,133 $42.74
Occupational therapists 31,546 5,474 26,072 11,952 114,897 $37.89
Speech-language pathologists 27,789 5,379 22,410 9,641 128,692 $34.40
Computer and information systems managers 35,758 14,001 21,758 42,942 347,810 $61.37
Mechanical engineers 28,033 9,920 18,113 28,646 280,416 $39.93
Human resources managers 23,231 5,916 17,315 14,218 124,618 $49.41

Among occupations that don’t typically require a college degree but have gaps between job openings and hires are1:

Occupation Average Monthly Unique Job Postings Average Monthly Hires Gap Between Postings and Hires Job Growth 2010-2015 Total Employment in 2015 Median Hourly Earnings
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers 1,091,024 106,355 984,669 208,932 1,695,977 $19.00
Food service managers 52,132 18,724 33,408 24,690 203,311 $23.34
Computer user support specialists 63,533 32,596 30,937 85,324 645,478 $22.89
Insurance sales agents 40,909 22,075 18,834 69,125 635,431 $23.01
Medical records and health information technicians 21,505 7,609 13,896 15,456 194,723 $17.26
Surgical technologists 10,864 3,150 7,714 11,186 103,054 $20,84
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 19,074 13,427 5,647 25,434 252,286 $20.98
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 10,118 5,048 5,070 10,454 111,859 $41.06
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 16,647 11,973 4,674 19,003 300,486 $29.32
Medical secretaries 23,893 20,786 3,107 74,124 550,716 $15.50
Property, real estate, and community association managers 12,271 9,330 2,941 15,486 179,689 $26.09
Lodging managers 4,505 2,605 1,900 2,519 32,300 $22.93
Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators 10,052 9,409 643 12,896 278,596 $29.91

1Some occupations may require additional training after high school.


 

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