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CareerBuilder And EMSI Release Top Growth Areas For Temp Jobs









CHICAGO, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Want to get your foot in the door with a company?  Forty percent of employers plan to hire temporary and contract workers in 2013, up from 36 percent last year, according to CareerBuilder's annual job forecast.  Many of these employers – 42 percent – plan to transition some temporary workers into full-time, permanent employees.

To help workers identify hot temp opportunities, CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI) released a list of occupations that are hiring temporary workers at an accelerated rate.  The study uses EMSI's extensive labor market database, which pulls from over 90 national and state employment resources and includes detailed information on employees and self-employed workers.

"More companies are turning to temporary and contract workers to meet evolving market demands and quickly scale up their businesses," said Eric Gilpin, President of CareerBuilder's Staffing and Recruiting Group.  "For job seekers, it's a great way to build relationships with employers and expand your resume, and is often an in-road into permanent placement within firms."

Among the fastest-growing temporary jobs are:

  • Team Assemblers (help to assemble an entire product or part of a product 1)o   Number of people employed 2:  128,096o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  21,529 – 20 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $13.25
  • Office Clerks (handle administrative tasks such as typing, filing, answering phones, etc.)o   Number of people employed:  132,264o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  21,219 – 19 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $13.18
  • Customer Service Representatives (provide information to customers and handle complaints)o   Number of people employed:  76,445o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  12,334 – 19 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $14.90
  • Human Resources, Training and Labor Relations Specialists (support various HR functions such as training, benefits, etc.)o   Number of people employed:  59,597o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  11,893 – 25 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $26.44
  • Registered Nurses (provide patient care, advice and support)o   Number of people employed:  66,844o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  8,766 – 15 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $32.10

  • Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants (provide basic care to patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities)o   Number of people employed:  31,975o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  5,155 – 19 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $11.91
  • Home Health Aides (monitor health status and assist with routine care such as changing bandages, applying topical medications, bathing, etc.)o   Number of people employed:  27,308o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  4,786 – 21 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $9.96
  • Maintenance and Repair Workers (maintain and repair machines, equipment and buildings)o   Number of people employed:  24,238o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  3,917 – 19 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $16.94
  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers (drive a tractor-trailer vehicle and may assist with unloading)o   Number of people employed:  22,701o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  3,700 – 19 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $17.96
  • Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers (assess products for defects, wear and deviations from specifications) o   Number of people employed:  21,458o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  3,414 – 19 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $16.63

  • Sales Representatives, Services (sell services to businesses and consumers)o   Number of people employed:  21,485o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  3,336 – 18 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $24.60
  • Computer Support Specialists (help people or organizations using computer software or equipment)o   Number of people employed:  16,197o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  2,574 – 19 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $23.58
  • Computer Programmers (write code to create and develop software programs)o   Number of people employed:  11,487o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  1,821 – 19 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $34.48
  • Accountants and Auditors (prepare and examine financial records to ensure accuracy)o   Number of people employed:  10,855o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  1,689 – 18 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $30.04
  • Business Operations Specialists (analyze and reengineer business processes to enhance product or service delivery and other functions)o   Number of people employed:  10,528o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  1,677 – 19 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $30.82
  • Electricians (install and maintain electrical systems in homes, businesses, etc.)o   Number of people employed:  7,657o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  1,245 – 19 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $23.64
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale & Manufacturing (sell goods for wholesalers and manufacturers to businesses, government groups and others)o   Number of people employed:  7,028o   Jobs added from 2010 to 2012:  1,143 – 19 percent growtho   Median hourly wage:  $25.55

1 Occupation definitions are based on information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2 Estimated number of people employed in the temporary help services industry in 2012

About EMSI

Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) is a CareerBuilder company that provides industry-leading employment data and economic analysis via web tools and custom reports. EMSI has produced more than 1,200 comprehensive impact analyses for colleges and universities in the US and internationally, and its web tools — Analyst and Career Coach — are used by thousands of professionals in higher education, workforce and economic development, and the private sector.



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