NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- A good job is hard to find in this economy, but one recent report shows it's not impossible.Of all the jobs lost during the recession and its aftermath, the occupations that were hardest hit were midlevel positions, which accounted for 60% of the jobs lost between the first quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2010, according to an analysis of labor data by the National Employment Law Project.
The construction industry was hit hard by the recession as the housing crunch cut into the sector's business, and in the years since the recession ended has continued to struggle. But some professions within the industry have fared better than others, including first-line supervisors, who oversee the day-to-day operations of machine setters, assemblers, system operators and more.
Employment growth between 2010-11: 79,622
Median hourly wage: $19.45 Eighth-biggest growth: Sales representatives, services, all other
Sales associates and cashiers often rank on the lower end of the pay scale, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these particular representatives typically work in better-paying industries such as telecommunications and computer systems design, accounting for their growth.
Employment growth between 2010-11: 80,379
Median hourly wage: $20.43