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.