State lists 10 most in-demand jobs in Alabama

Tractor truck driver

Looking for a job in Alabama? You may want to consider applying for a highly in-demand position to increase your odds of getting hired.

The Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) Wednesday released a list of the 10 most sought-after jobs in the Yellowhammer state, using data from Help Wanted Online – which compiles all online job postings in the state, including those posted on the state’s free online jobs database,, and other sources; such as traditional job boards, corporate boards, and social media sites.

The analysis shows the top 10 occupations with the most online ads posted, and their average hourly wages are:

  1. Heavy and Tractor- Trailer Truck Driver: $20.05/hr
  2. Registered Nurse: $27.71
  3. Retail Salespersons: $12.50
  4. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers: $19.79
  5. Customer Service Representatives: $14.68
  6. First-Line Supervisors of Office and Admin. Support: $24.58
  7. Maintenance and Repair Workers, General: $18.15
  8. First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers: $27.38
  9. Computer User Support Specialists: $22.40
  10. Industrial Engineers: $41.19

“Six of this month’s top 10 advertised careers have hourly salaries of more than $20 an hour,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Labor. “This shows that there are good jobs out there, and employers are hiring in Alabama.” 

Just last week the governor’s announced the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Alabama for September was 6 percent, down from the August rate of 6.2 percent.

Beyond looking for the most in-demand position, it helps to be looking in the right geographic spot as well.

So what’s the best city for Alabama job-hunters? That honor goes to Birmingham (11,542 ads) according to the ADOL data of where online job demand was highest. Huntsville (5,605 ads), Mobile (4,479 ads), Montgomery (3,653 ads) and Tuscaloosa (2,000 ads) follow.



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