Taking the right step at the initial stage of professional life is can be challenging. Here, the first step is to search for an ideal job profile, that is, to choose a job that fits with your skills set, qualifications and interest. However, it’s often a daunting task as one has an array of options to choose from. The HR Digest has compiled a list of the most searched jobs based on a leading online recruitment organization’s results. ‘Healthcare practitioner’ dominated the most searched jobs 2018 list followed by ‘technology developers’ and ‘data analyzers’. These jobs are basically automation-resistant in nature. Therefore, you can relax and focus on your work while artificial intelligence finds an unconventional method to replace real human touch and creative minds.
Note: The median salaries are determined according to May 2017 study by US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
1. Personal Health Aides
Referred as a caregiver or personal attendant, Personal health aide is one of the most searched jobs in America. They help people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or cognitive impairment by supporting in their daily living activities. The aides provide non-medical services, comprising companionship, laundry, cooking, and driving.
A personal care aide requires a high school diploma or equivalent. In addition, they must possess excellent interpersonal skills and should be able to perform strength tasks like lifting a patient.
Median annual wage - $23,100 in May 2017
2. Home Health Aides
Home health aides do similar tasks as personal care aides. Additionally, they may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a healthcare practitioner.
Home health aides may require completing a formal training and passing a test.
Median annual wage - $23,210 in May 2017
3. Mathematician & Statistician
Considering the importance of Big Data, the other most popular jobs in 2018 are Mathematician and Statistician. These professions require mathematical and statistical techniques to help interpret data, draw conclusions and solve real-world problems in business, research companies, pharmaceuticals, or other fields. The other advantage here is that these professionals can also apply in colleges and universities as professors.
These jobs require master’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics. The employees must possess major skills such as analytical skills, communication skills, math skills and problem-solving skills.
Median annual wage for Mathematician - $103,010 in May 2017
Median annual wage for Statistician - $84,060 in May 2017
4. Software Developer
Software Developer is believed to be one of the sustainable and most searched jobs in the present scenario. Using their creative minds, developers design system software or application software as per the client’s needs.
The basic qualification needed here is bachelor’s degree in computer science and a strong hand on computer programming skills. Other than analytical skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills and problem-solving skills, the software developer should be creative in thought process and detail oriented.
Median annual wage for System Software Developer - $101,790 in May 2017
Median annual wage for Application Software Developer - $107,600 in May 2017
5. Physical Therapist
Called as PTs, Physical therapists assist injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. The therapists may be a part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.
To enter this profession, you should possess a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree plus a practice license.
Median annual wage - $86,850 in May 2017
6. Public School Teacher
School teachers nurture students, build on the fundamentals of life skills and prepare them for the more future.
School teachers must have at least a bachelor’s degree in the subject of their choice. They should have a state-issued certification or license to teach.
Median annual wage in May 2017 for -
- Kindergarten teachers, except special education - $54,230
- Elementary school teachers, except special education - $57,160
- Middle school teachers - $57,720
- High school teachers - $59,170
7. Janitors and Cleaners
Janitors and cleaners are also one of the most popular jobs. The job requires keeping buildings in clean and orderly condition. Cleaners have to perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. The other duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.
Median annual wage - $24,990 in May 2017
8. Waiter & Waitresses
Waiters and waitresses work in restaurants, bars, hotels, and other food-serving and drinking establishments. They take orders and serve food and beverages to customers in dining establishments. However, the job responsibility includes working on early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays.
This job requires on-the-job learning and training. No formal education is required. Customer-service skills, communication skills, combined with physical strength and stamina are necessary.
Median annual wage - $20,820 in May 2017
9. Accountants and Auditors
Accountants and auditors make a prominent appearance in the most searched jobs category. These professionals prepare and examine financial records
A candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Certification within a specific field of accounting, for example, Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) is an additional benefit.
Median annual wage - $69,350 in May 2017
10. Nurse Practitioner
Another most searched job in healthcare segment is the Nurse practitioner. Registered nurses (RNs) offer and manage patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. They generally work in hospitals, home healthcare services, physicians’ offices, and nursing care facilities.
If you have a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) or an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a diploma from an approved nursing program, go for this job search keyword while looking for work. These nurse practitioners are licensed.
Median annual wage - $70,000 in May 2017
New Popular Searched Jobs 2018
On the other side, the current wave of clean energy has also opened up new employment opportunities, according to BLS. The most searched job keywords in this sector are ‘solar photovoltaic installers’ and ‘wind turbine service technicians’. These jobs have growth rate as massive as 104.9 percent and 96.3 percent respectively by 2026 and median salaries ranges from $39,490 to $53,880.