The top 10 industries job-seekers want to work in right now, according to new research

Monday, July 18, 2022

It’s a comment you have probably heard at least once before, whether it was from a friend, a roommate, a stranger on Twitter or a co-worker who just submitted their two weeks’ notice: It has never been easier to switch jobs.

The Covid pandemic precipitated a seismic shift in where, when and how we work, including the role work plays in our lives — as a result, millions of Americans have left their jobs in a historic quitting spree that’s been dubbed “The Great Resignation.” 

According to a new report from ResumeBuilder, there’s a shortlist of industries that are more popular with job-seekers than others. 

The report, which collected 1,000 responses from job-seekers between the ages of 18 and 54 in early June, gives a glimpse into what candidates are looking for as companies are struggling to retain employees and attract new talent. 

Here are the 10 most popular industries among job-seekers right now, according to ResumeBuilder:

  1. Advertising and marketing
  2. Computer and information technology
  3. Health care 
  4. Business and finance 
  5. Retail
  6. Food and hospitality 
  7. Education
  8. Arts and entertainment
  9. Office and administrative support 
  10. Community and social services 

“Naturally, people are going to gravitate to sectors where they possess the capabilities and skills needed to succeed — but when you overlay that with people’s strong desire to earn more, have some degree of job security, as well as some flexibility for remote work, most of these industries fit the bill,” Mark Hamrick, a senior economic analyst at Bankrate, tells CNBC Make It. 

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