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Almost half of employers say they’ll hire full-time workers this year and more than half will hire part-time the interesting part is most these jobs don’t require a college degree.

This year 44 percent of employers in the U.S. want to hire full-time workers where 51 percent want to bring on part-time help, says a new study from CareerBuilder. They also put together a list of jobs to grow in the next five years.

“There is a perfect storm happening in the U.S. labor market, says Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “Low unemployment paired with lagging labor force participation and a growing skills gap is making it very difficult for businesses to find qualified candidates – and this is for all types of roles.”

Top jobs to work in 2018

CareerBuilder says 66 percent of employers are interested in hiring college graduates, and there are plenty of jobs where a college degree isn’t necessary.

The following list of jobs have reported expected growth over the next five years. They’re ranked by highest hourly earnings with least education requirement, to highest hourly earnings with most education requirement.

Jobs with no education requirement

Construction workers

A physical labor job, working on concrete and masonry construction projects.

  • 959,471 jobs in 2018
  • 78,425 growth by 2023
  • Pays $18.22 hourly on average

Retail salesperson

They sell you stuff.

  • 4,523,996 jobs in 2018
  • 198,187 growth by 2023
  • Pays $13.07 hourly on average

Jobs that require a high school diploma or equivalent

Administrative assistant

Clerical work: They plan meetings and take minutes, photocopy, fax and file paperwork, answer and direct phone calls.

  • 2,745,769 jobs in 2018
  • 107,892 growth by 2023
  • Pays $17.38 hourly on average

Customer service representatives

They handle your questions and frustrations with companies.

  • 2,804,946 jobs in 2018
  • 196,417 growth by 2023
  • Pays $16.91 hourly on average

Some college education, the degree isn’t required

Computer user support specialist

Tech support via telephone, email or social media.

  • 693,704 jobs in 2018
  • 57,607 growth by 2023
  • Pays $25.53 hourly on average

Teacher assistant

Secondary teacher, hands-on experience in the classroom that can be transferred to other types of education and training roles.

  • 1,351,502 jobs in 2018
  • 65,900 growth by 2023
  • Pays $13.04 hourly on average

Requires a certificate from learning institution

Medical assistant

Verifies patient information for doctor via patient interview. Performs basic physical testing at doctor’s office like taking blood pressure, temperature, and weights of patients for doctor.

  • 667,542 jobs in 2018
  • 75,649 growth by 2023
  • Pays $15.79 hourly on average

Requires a Bachelor’s degree

Human resource specialist

Manages employee records and shares knowledge of company policies, procedures, laws, and standards related to employment.

  • 548,548 jobs in 2018
  • 24,824 growth by 2023
  • Pays $31.20 hourly on average

Job increases from 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employment numbers have risen in healthcare, construction and manufacturing — jobs normally worked in factories, plants or mills.

  • Healthcare added 300,000 jobs
  • Construction added 210,000 jobs
  • Manufacturing added 196,000 jobs

What are employers looking for in 2018?

From the numbers, it looks like there is potential to get a foot in the door with many companies this year. Which is good news for recent college graduates in search of jobs and the 40 percent of workers interested in changing jobs this year.

“More job creation, higher voluntary employee turnover and intensified competition for talent will be the main themes surrounding employment in 2018,” Ferguson says. “If employers want to remain competitive, they are going to have to look to new talent pools and significantly increase their investment in training workers to build up the skills they require.”

  • 66 percent say they’re going to hire someone who may not have all the skills they require, but have potential with training.
  • 64 percent of employers are keeping their eyes peeled for recent college grads.
  • 39 percent say they will rehire former employees.
  • 36 percent say they’re going to increase wages for current employees by five percent.
  • 30 percent say they’re willing to increase starting wages by five percent.
  • 23 percent of employers are seeking talent from other countries.

Employers are easing up on strict qualifications to hire new workers to meet increasing demands in the workforce in 2018.

“What employers look for first is whether you have the core competencies for the job,” Ferguson said. “These jobs are great stepping stones whether you want to move up within that occupation or follow a different career path.”

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Joe Pye

Joe Pye

Joe Pye is a certified debt management professional. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Florida Atlantic University’s student-run newspaper, the University Press. He was a finalist for the Mark of Excellence award by the Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 for feature writing and in-depth reporting. He now covers personal finance topics for uncovering trends that help readers deal with the financial world. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism from Florida Atlantic University.

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