2017 Hot Jobs Include IT, Health Care, Sales and Skilled Trades

Data analysis roles spurring tech job growth across sectors

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer January 13, 2017
2017 Hot Jobs Include IT, Health Care, Sales and Skilled Trades

The information technology sector experienced the most job growth of any other industry since 2012 at 12 percent, or approximately 472,000 jobs, and is forecast to continue that trend, according to an analysis by CareerBuilder.

The human capital management company, in collaboration with labor market data provider Emsi, compiled a list of the hottest occupations for 2017 based on recent data from national and state employment resources and online job postings.

The results are made up of fields that:

  • Pay, on average, around $20 or more per hour.
  • Have grown faster than the overall labor market from 2012-16.
  • Have a persistent demand and a large number of job postings each month.

"Our research shows that employers are very invested in expanding head count in areas such as analytics and data science, product development, and sales as they strive to stay competitive in B2B [business to business] and B2C [business to consumer] markets," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, headquartered in Chicago.

Average hourly earnings for IT workers is $40.82, and in-demand IT occupations include data scientist, user interface developer, mobile software engineer and information security manager. Base compensation for tech workers is expected to increase 3.8 percent this year, according to the 2017 Salary Guide from Robert Half Technology.

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"Although employers are taking a measured approach to hiring, they're moving quickly and paying competitively when they identify tech candidates who are a good fit for their organization, given the tight labor market with low unemployment rates," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology.

Rounding out the top five fields forecast to be most in-demand for 2017:

  • Health care jobs, with average hourly earnings of $37.77. In-demand roles include family practitioner, medical director, ICU nurse, cardiologist, physical therapist and rehabilitation nurse.
  • Business and financial operations jobs, with average hourly earnings of $35.09. Jobs include operations manager, business process analyst, product development specialist and financial analyst.
  • Sales opportunities as account executives, account managers, business development managers and client services coordinators. Average hourly earnings are $19.06.
  • Skilled trades jobs have grown by 8 percent since 2012, and the average hourly earnings for these roles is $21.38. Jobs for electricians, plumbers and HVAC technicians have increased by over 1 million since 2012, the most of any profession. "Skilled laborers will … see high employment demand in the year ahead," Ferguson said.

Reed said that technology is driving many organizationwide initiatives, which has contributed to the technology sector outpacing other industries. As a result, the need for skilled technology talent to meet business demands has grown and will continue to grow throughout the year, especially around mobile, security and data. "Security, specifically, is top of mind for technology leaders this year as the protection of internal and customer data are of utmost importance, and professionals with expertise in this area will remain especially sought after," he said.

Amy Glaser, senior vice president of Adecco Staffing USA, predicts that data analysis skills will increasingly be necessary for workforce planning and business optimization, adding to job growth across industries. "You can go into almost each and every occupation [on the CareerBuilder list] and see where "big data" is important. Sales jobs, for example, will need to incorporate people with the ability to extract and analyze customer relationship management data in order to make smart business recommendations."

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