Fastest Growing Job Searches of 2017

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Fastest Growing Job Searches of 2017

Throughout 2018 hiring and labor markets has been a consistent concern for Schaumburg’s employers. Regardless of industry, the theme of hiring in a tightening labor market has challenged the economic opportunities of Schaumburg’s businesses.

These strained conditions have created an opportunity for first-time job seekers and those re-entering the workplace to be selective in the employment they seek. analyzed the top job searches from calendar year 2017 to understand what job seekers were looking for during the previous calendar year.

The data provided an interesting insight for employers to understand. The following represent the top-searched jobs based on percent growth increase from 2016-to-2017:

  1. Mobile Home Park Manager
  2. Certified Pharmacy Technician
  3. Cashier Full Time
  4. Maintenance Person
  5. Catastrophe Adjuster
  6. Fulfillment Associate
  7. Cashier Part Time
  8. Big Data Developer
  9. Receptionist Full Time
  10. Budtender

This list captures a divergence between wants and needs. The obvious takeaway from this list is that it is mostly representative of low-skilled positions that require very little qualifications. This correlation would make some level of sense as the current labor market conditions are appealing to first-time and re-entry laborers.

Recognizing these two demographics have little recent work history positions that require low qualifications would appeal to people entering the workforce. Further, notes that these positions, while requiring little qualification, typically pay a higher way then retail work.

The other noticeable trend identified in this top-10 list is the impact that Amazon is having on the job seeker. Regardless if it is Amazon’s search for a second headquarter operation or their ever-expanding fulfillment and distribution network and the announcement of those centers in a community Amazon is impacting the type of jobs people are looking for. Most notably in this phenomenon is the “Fulfillment Associate” position increasing 601% from 2016 to 2017. Furtherthe position of “Fulfillment Associate” continues in the trend of low qualifications positions.

 This data represents the largest percent increase in job searches from 2016 to 2017 but is NOT indicative of the employer’s needs. This does provide an interesting perspective on the state of the job seeker. While many of Schaumburg’s position require some form of higher education, or certification, this data indicates that job seekers are actively seeking jobs that pay a living wage but require little pre-existing qualifications. The trends and changes in the labor market will be a continued theme that the Schaumburg Business Association tracks as we move through the back-half of 2018.

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