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Industries Seeing the Biggest Pickup in Hiring

The jobs picture is finally starting to brighten: The number of job listings is on the rise, companies are making hiring announcements and more hiring managers say they plan to hire full-time workers in 2011 than in the past two years. “We’re seeing encouraging signs that a recovery is underway,” said Rony Kahan, the co-founder and chief technology officer of job-listing site Twenty-four percent of hiring managers said they plan to hire full-time workers in 2011, up from 20 percent this year and
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The jobs picture is finally starting to brighten: The number of job listings is on the rise, companies are making hiring announcements and more hiring managers say they plan to hire full-time workers in 2011 than in the past two years.

“We’re seeing encouraging signs that a recovery is underway,” said Rony Kahan, the co-founder and chief technology officer of job-listing site Indeed.com.
Twenty-four percent of hiring managers said they plan to hire full-time workers in 2011, up from 20 percent this year and 14 percent in 2009, according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder.com.

One obvious sign that hiring is picking up: The number of job listings for recruiters, the people who do the hiring, is up 20 percent in the past six months, according to Indeed.com.

And, in their latest Industry Employment Trends Survey, all 12 of the major industries they track showed at least 30 percent more job postings in November from January and eight of those industries were 50 percent or more.

So where are the jobs? Click through to see six of the industries with the biggest pickup in hiring, which companies are doing the most hiring in those sectors, and some of the positions they’re looking for.

By Cindy PermanPosted 30 Dec 2010

Health Care

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Job listings up 40% in November from January, according to Indeed.com.

Health care was one of the sectors that fared the best during the recession, Kahan said, and the strong job growth is expected to continue – particularly for nurses and patient-care technicians.

Who’s doing the most hiring and the positions they’re hiring for:
HCR ManorCare: nurse supervisor, nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse/licensed vocational nurse
Genesis Healthcare: physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech/language pathologist
Gentiva Health: registered nurse in home care, physical therapist in home care, occupational therapist
HCA: registered nurse, physicians of internal medicine, neurology, family practice, hospitalist

Retail

Job listings up 89% in November from January, according to Indeed.com. After a tough couple of years during the recession, shoppers are finally starting to let up on the purse strings. In fact, this holiday season, retailers rang up the best sales since 2005, up 5.5 percent in November and December from the same period last year, according to a unit of MasterCard. Anticipating this bounceback, retailers nearly doubled their pace of hiring over the course of the year. Who’s doing the most hiring
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Job listings up 89% in November from January, according to Indeed.com.

After a tough couple of years during the recession, shoppers are finally starting to let up on the purse strings. In fact, this holiday season, retailers rang up the best sales since 2005, up 5.5 percent in November and December from the same period last year, according to SpendingPulse,a unit of MasterCard. Anticipating this bounceback, retailers nearly doubled their pace of hiring over the course of the year.

Who’s doing the most hiring and the positions they’re hiring for:
Staples: copy & print center associate, cashier, inventory associate
Advance Auto Parts: general manager, assistant manager, retail parts pro, crew chief
JCPenney: hourly sales team, hourly sales support, salon stylists, decorating consultant, sales associate
Sears: cashier, sales associate, receiving associate, service technician
AT&T: retail sales consultant, sales support representative

Information Technology

Job listings up 75% in November from January, according to Indeed.com. “There is a growing unmet demand for skilled workers in many information-technology areas,” Kahan said. “We are seeing strong demand for network engineers, software engineers, and cloud computing specialists.” The reason? Increased computer networking, expanding technologies and the need for more security on those systems. Who’s doing the most hiring and the positions they’re hiring for: systems administrator, systems engine

Job listings up 75% in November from January, according to Indeed.com.

“There is a growing unmet demand for skilled workers in many information-technology areas,” Kahan said. “We are seeing strong demand for network engineers, software engineers, and cloud computing specialists.” The reason? Increased computer networking, expanding technologies and the need for more security on those systems.

Who’s doing the most hiring and the positions they’re hiring for:
Northrop Grumman: systems administrator, systems engineer, and software engineer
SAIC: software engineer, systems engineer, program manager, network engineer
General Dynamics: systems engineer, software engineer, senior principal engineer, systems integrator
IBM: solution representative brand specialist, software developer, call-center specialist, client representative
Amazon: software development engineer, technical program manager, support development manager
Microsoft: software development engineer, software text engineer

Financial Services & Banking

Job listings up 73% in November from January, according to Indeed.com. “Many financial services jobs disappeared during the recession, but we see evidence that hiring is coming back,” Kahan said. Job listings in the sector increased about 6 percent per month this year, with a sharp increase in demand for financial analysts, financial advisors, auditors, and lending specialists. Who’s doing the most hiring and the positions they’re hiring for: mortgage loan officer, client associate, customer se
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Job listings up 73% in November from January, according to Indeed.com.

“Many financial services jobs disappeared during the recession, but we see evidence that hiring is coming back,” Kahan said. Job listings in the sector increased about 6 percent per month this year, with a sharp increase in demand for financial analysts, financial advisors, auditors, and lending specialists.

Who’s doing the most hiring and the positions they’re hiring for:
Bank of America: mortgage loan officer, client associate, customer service and sales specialist
JPMorgan Chase: financial advisor associate, sales assistant (retail investments), operations claims analyst
Wells Fargo: teller, customer service representative, private mortgage banker
Citigroup: consumer finance sales, risk analyst
PNC: branch financial advisor, mortgage loan officer, operations specialist

Transportation

Job listings up 186% in November from January, according to Indeed.com. “Transportation job postings surged this year,” Kahan said. “As manufacturing picks up, drivers and warehouse workers are needed to transport those goods.” Transporation jobs have jumped about 11 percent per month on average this year, nearly twice that of any other industry, he noted. Who’s doing the most hiring and the positions they’re hiring for: package handlers, driver helper, package-delivery driver, freight driver c
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Job listings up 186% in November from January, according to Indeed.com.

“Transportation job postings surged this year,” Kahan said. “As manufacturing picks up, drivers and warehouse workers are needed to transport those goods.” Transporation jobs have jumped about 11 percent per month on average this year, nearly twice that of any other industry, he noted.

Who’s doing the most hiring and the positions they’re hiring for:
UPS: package handlers, driver helper, package-delivery driver, freight driver
FedEx: customer-service associate, city driver, program analyst
Heartland Express: company drivers, over-the-road drivers, owner operator
Schneider National: truck driver, class A truck driver, tanker truck driver
C.R. England: CDL driver, route truck drivers
Central Refrigerated: team drivers, lease operator

Accounting

Job listings up 58% in November from January, according to Indeed.com. Demand for accounts is expected to grow faster than the average for other occupations, according to the largely due to an increase in the number of businesses, changes in financial laws and corporate governance regulations and the need for increased accountability. Who’s doing the most hiring and the positions they’re hiring for: senior associate-federal tax, audit associate tax associate, audit investment management portfo
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Job listings up 58% in November from January, according to Indeed.com.

Demand for accounts is expected to grow faster than the average for other occupations, according to the Labor Department,largely due to an increase in the number of businesses, changes in financial laws and corporate governance regulations and the need for increased accountability.

Who’s doing the most hiring and the positions they’re hiring for:
KPMG: senior associate-federal tax, audit associate
PricewaterhouseCoopers: tax associate, audit investment management portfolio manager, assurance associate
Ernst & Young: assurance manager, tax manager
Bank of America: investor accounting analyst
Deloitte: audit manager, strategy & operations finance manager
ADP: client support specialist, payroll service representative