8 jobs in high demand: One pays more than $70,000 per year

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Key Points
  • There were 11.5 million open roles in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and 5.9 million unemployed people.
  • Job search site Monster compiled some of the titles with the most job ads on its site in April.
  • In-demand jobs include retail salesperson, business operations specialist, and registered nurse.

The job market continues to be on the side of jobseekers. There were 11.5 million open roles in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and 5.9 million unemployed people. That means 6 million more jobs are available than there are those looking to fill them.

Some industries are seeing more open roles than others. In April, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, and transportation and warehousing saw the most gains, according to BLS's most recent release.

These developments aren't surprising, says Giacomo Santangelo, economist at job search site Monster. "Now that mask restrictions and a lot of Covid restrictions are being lifted," he says, "we're going to see hiring in a lot of these areas and all of the things that feed off of these areas."

Monster compiled a list of some of the titles with the most job ads in April. Here are eight, along with how much they pay, according to Payscale, and what it takes to be considered.

Hairdresser, hairstylist, and cosmetologist

As people begin going out again, specifically to nice events like performances or celebrations, says Santangelo, some will want to make a stop to get their hair or nails done.

Hairdressers cut and style hair, and cosmetologists take care of an array of beauty needs like skin and nail care. Both must graduate from a state-approved program and be licensed to work.

Median annual salary: $30,000

Retail salesperson

Similarly, "if you're going out to nice restaurants," says Santangelo of the rise in demand for retail salespeople, "you're going to look nice, so you're going to want to maybe go buy new clothes."

Retail salespeople or sales associates address customer needs, ring them up at the registers, and help organize a store before and after customers come in. There is no formal education or training required for this role.

Median annual salary: $39,000

Customer service representative

Customer service representatives address customer needs, often over the phone. They answer questions, take orders, handle complaints, and refer customers to supervisors when needed.

These jobs typically require a high school diploma.  

Median annual salary: $40,000

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Business operations specialist

Business operations specialists help companies improve their business operations, including workflow and efficiency. They work with managers to establish clear goals, and talk with lower-level employees to get a sense of what their tasks look like on the ground.

This job requires a bachelor's in business administration or business management, and likely some experience in the field.

Median annual salary: $55,000

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck driver

"As supply chain issues are easing," says Santangelo, "people need to ship things, things need to be trucked."

These drivers transport goods from one location to another, typically over long distances. They secure their cargo before their drive and inspect their trailers afterward for any damages or problems.

They must have a high school diploma, attend a professional truck driving school, and they must have a commercial driver's license.

Media annual salary: $59,000

General and operations manager

These professionals plan and coordinate the various operations of their companies, including building policies, managing day-to-day operations, and overseeing departments.

A bachelor's degree may be required, depending on the specific role.

Median annual salary: $67,000

Registered nurse

"Covid is still a thing," says Santangelo, and so "the need for nursing is still present."

Registered nurses assess patients and record their symptoms and medical histories. They administer medication, consult with doctors, and help perform and analyze diagnostic tests.

They must have a bachelor's or associate's degree in nursing, or a diploma from an approved nursing program, and they must be licensed by the state.

Media annual salary: $68,000

Software developer

Software developers design and develop software relevant to their companies' needs. They write the code for the software, check that the program continues to run smoothly, and help upgrade any other programs the company might use.

These jobs typically require a bachelor's degree in a relevant field.

Median annual salary: $74,000

With tech continuing to develop and people relying on it more and more in different parts of their lives, jobs like software developer will likely be in demand for a long time.

"I don't think there will ever be a time when we reach a limit on tech workers," says Santangelo.

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