You might have heard on the news that unemployment is down and more jobs are opening up, but as a job seeker, that hasn’t been your experience. If you’re wondering where exactly all of these job opportunities are, take a look at the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report to get an idea of which industries are hiring.
If you’re open to trying something new or taking your skills with you into a slightly different industry, the following areas might be worth exploring if you haven’t already:
Professional and Business Services
While that’s a vague description, it goes to show that companies are in fact hiring for a multitude of roles once again. In October, employment in this sector increased by 78,000 in October, compared with an average gain of 52,000 per month in the prior year.
In other words: It might be worth sending a few resumes out to see if you qualify for entry level work at a local organization. Sometimes going in as an administrative assistant or some other type of office worker that can be trained on the job could lead to bigger and better things.
Here’s a closer look at the specific types of jobs that businesses are looking to fill:
- Administrative and support services (+46,000)
- Computer systems design and related services (+10,000)
- Architectural and engineering services (+8,000)
If ever there was an industry that was rock solid when it comes to jobs, it’s health care. In October, 45,000 jobs were added; for the year, that brings the total to 495,000 jobs.
In other words: Many jobs in health care only require minimal schooling (such as completing a short-term certification course).
Among the top areas of employment growth in health care include:
- Ambulatory health care services (+27,000)
- Hospitals (+18,000)
It’s the most wonderful time of year for retail hiring, with statistics showing an uptick in October to the tune of 44,000 new jobs. That’s up from the average monthly gain of 25,000 for the rest of the year.
In other words: Especially if you’re stuck in a job search rut, consider looking into a retail position. You might get your foot in the door through a seasonal job offer.
Here are some growing retail sectors:
- Clothing and accessories stores (+20,000)
- General merchandise stores (+11,000)
- Automobile dealers (+6,000)
Beyond these major industries, other high job-growth fields include food services (42,000 jobs added in October), and construction (with 31,000 jobs).
If you really need to secure a steady paycheck and you’re willing to look beyond your specific job niche, consider one of these hot hiring fields. It could give you some temporary income, or you may end up acquiring new skills that can launch a new career path.
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