NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Looking for a job? With the economy improving, there are plenty of job openings across a wide range of industries.
Some 9.1 million American are still seeking jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, despite a torrid hiring pace through 2014. Companies have added over 2 million jobs this year.
Despite these gains, many industries are still short employees. This shortage costs companies $160 billion a year, according to a study conducted by the Centre for Economic and Business Research and Indeed.com, the employment website.
The number of people in the labor market has declined to the lowest level in decades, the report said. With fewer people seeking jobs and companies on the hunt for qualified employees, it's a good time to be a job seeker.
Below are 10 industries that have tens of thousands of open positions.
The industry is growing again, responding to pent up demand following the recession. By the end of the decade, the Associated Builders and Contractors estimates the industry will need nearly 2 million more skilled workers than it is currently projected to have.
"While the construction industry has been slow to rebound since the recession, there is definitely a trend toward more building projects," said Mike Bolen, CEO of McCarthy Building Companies, a St. Louis, Missouri company which specializes in building for the healthcare, education, high tech, infrastructure and energy sectors. "This translates to an immediate need for new highly skilled workers, especially where the activity is greatest like Texas, California and the Southwest. There's a lot of pent up demand for commercial projects that didn't happen from 2010 to 2012."
According to the latest BLS numbers, the construction industry currently has 136,000 openings.
The manufacturing industry is facing a shortage as more baby boomers retire and the next generation of workers is needed on the assembly line to build items ranging from furniture to automobiles. Fewer people now want jobs in this industry, which also requires very specific technical skills.
"There's more to manufacturing than pulling levers -- there's opportunity for real money and advancement," said Andy Bushmaker, senior human resources manager at Green Bay-based KI Furniture, a member of an alliance of manufacturers in Wisconsin starting recruitment and outreach in primary and secondary schools. "Manufacturers will soon need to replace these skilled workers and their decades of experience. Young people won't be able to capitalize on these opportunities if they don't have the math and technical knowledge these jobs require."
According to the latest BLS numbers, the manufacturing industry currently has 290,000 job openings.
Hotels and Food Service
The average wage in this industry $13 an hour, and even less for nonsupervisory employees, according to the BLS.
According to the latest BLS numbers, the accommodation and food services industry currently has 669,000 job openings.
Pay in the education sector varies widely as the median income for teacher's assistants is less than $25,000, while administrators at elementary and secondary schools can make over $88,000 a year, according to the BLS.
The private education industry has nearly 100,000 job openings, according to a BLS spokesperson. There are 354,000 openings for state and local government positions, which includes public school teachers, but the BLS does not break out job openings for teachers at public schools.
Transportation, Utilities and Warehousing
Salaries in this industry vary widely and can start at $18 per hour with an average of $21.50 an hour, according to the BLS.
The American Trucking Associations estimated the industry will need 30,000 more qualified drivers than it currently has just in 2014 and will need another 200,000 over the next 10 years.
According to the latest BLS numbers, the trade, transportation and utilities sector, of which trucking is a part, has 840,000 job openings.
Retail and Wholesale Trade
Working either for a big box retailer or a wholesale company means average pay could start at $14 an hour, according to the BLS. For supervisory positions at wholesalers, salary starts at an average of $28 an hour.
According to the latest BLS numbers, the retail trade segment of the trade, transportation and utilities sector, currently has 486,000 job openings. Seasonal hiring has been strong this year, with U.S. retailers adding 821,000 workers, up 11% from last year.
The healthcare industry is booming and the surge in jobs is not expected to stop. Employment in the sector is expected to increase by 10.8% or 15.6 million jobs from 2012 to 2022, according to the BLS.
Also, according to the latest BLS numbers, the health segment of the education and health services industry currently has 786,000 job openings.
Companies are constantly looking for workers skilled in designing apps for phones, creating social media, preventing cyber attacks or managing the growing number of databases and information both consumers and businesses need.
According to the latest BLS numbers, the professional and business services sector, of which technology is a part, has 937,000 job openings.
During the recession, the energy industry was still adding thousands of jobs annually. The recent drop in oil prices could put a damper on hiring.
According to the latest BLS numbers, the trade, transportation and utilities sector, of which energy is a part, has 840,000 job openings.
Logging and Mining
Jobs in the logging and mining industries remain open for months often because employers need workers with very specific skills and knowledge. The average pay is higher than other industries and ranges from $27 to $31 per hour, according to the BLS.
Also, according to the BLS, there are 36,000 non-seasonally adjusted job openings in logging and mining currently.
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