10 Most In Demand Jobs for 2015 (Study by Careerbuilder and EMSI)

With 2015 approaching, and January being one of the busiest months of the year for job-seeking and recruitment activity, many of you will list ‘finding a new job’ or ‘switching career’ as one of your list of New Year’s resolutions. But, is it a good time to move? Is your sector or profession experiencing growth? Is it a good time to switch careers? How can you make sure you switch into a growth sector or that you don’t move into a declining sector?

Thankfully, CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI) have just released their study which shows the most in demand bachelor degree jobs for 2015 based on occupations with the most jobs added since 2010.

Key trends: Technology and engineering occupations comprise 4  of the top ten positions on the list, and healthcare position occupy 4 of the top ten positions on the list, making these great areas to focus your career. 

What’s also interesting is the gap between job posted at the number of hire made each month whcih shows you the extent to which demand actually outstrips supply, which is a more important figure than jobs growth, because it illustrates just how needy employers are and how likely you as a candidate are going to be able to bargain for a better package.

10 Most In Demand Jobs for 2015 that require a college degree

Occupation Average Monthly Unique Job Postings Average Monthly Hires Gap Between Postings and Hires Job Growth 2010 – 2014 Total Employment in 2014 Median Hourly Earnings
Marketing Executive1 34,613 11,617 22,996 10% 191,872 $57.42
Software Developer, Applications 52,700 31,616 21,084 15% 684,614 $44.66
Registered Nurse 122,922 103,804 19,118 5% 2,729,647 $32.51
Industrial Engineer 26,031 7,880 18,151 9% 235,817 $38.96
Network and Computer System Administrator 35,788 18,734 17,054 7% 378,638 $35.84
Web Developer 30,108 14,616 15,492 17% 151,081 $28.02
Medical and Health Services Manager 27,696 12,626 15,070 6% 317,314 $43.61
Physical Therapist 24,425 10,880 13,545 10% 211,296 $38.63
Speech-Language Pathologist 15,113 7,112 8,001 5% 133,383 $34.00
Sales Manager 28,589 22,280 6,309 8% 376,238 $51.98

If you’d like to contrast this data with previous year’s to spot any trends, you can look at the 2013 version of the survey below.

10 Most In Demand Jobs for 2013 (Study by Careerbuilder and EMSI)parachute

Key trends: Technology and engineering occupations comprise six of the top ten positions on the list, but workers should also see more opportunities in production-related fields, marketing, healthcare and financial services. The competition for educated, specialized labor has intensified as market demands increase in both the manufacturing and services sectors. Occupations requiring bachelor degrees that have produced the most jobs post-recession include the following.

10 Most In Demand Jobs for 2013

1) Software Developers (Applications and Systems Software)
70,872 jobs added since 2010, 7% growth

2) Accountants and Auditors
37,123 jobs added since 2010, 3% growth

3) Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
31,335 jobs added since 2010, 10% growth

4) Computer Systems Analysts
26,937 jobs added since 2010, 5% growth

5) Human Resources, Training and Labor Relations Specialists
22,773 jobs added since 2010, 5% growth

6) Network and Computer Systems Administrators
18,626 jobs added since 2010, 5% growth

7) Sales Representatives (Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific)
17,405 jobs added since 2010, 4% growth

8) Information Security Analysts, Web Developers and Computer Network Architects
15,715 jobs added since 2010, 5% growth

9) Mechanical Engineers
13,847 jobs added since 2010, 6% growth

10) Industrial Engineers
12,269 jobs added since 2010, 6% growth

11) Computer Programmers
11,540 jobs added since 2010, 3% growth

12) Financial Analysts
10,016 jobs added since 2010, 4% growth

13) Public Relations Specialists
8,541 jobs added since 2010, 4% growth

14) Logisticians
8,522 jobs added since 2010, 8% growth

15) Database Administrators
7,468 jobs added since 2010, 7% growth

16) Meeting, Convention and Event Planners

7,072 jobs added since 2010, 10% growth

17) Cost Estimators
6,781 jobs added since 2010, 3% growth

18) Personal Financial Advisors
5,212 jobs added since 2010, 3% growth

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