best employment outlook since 2006According to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast, more than one third of employers expect to add full-time, permanent employees in 2015, the best outlook from the survey since 2006. Salary increases are also on the agenda of hiring managers.

Thirty-six percent of employers plan to increase full-time, permanent headcount in 2015, a significant jump from 24 percent last year when employers were more hesitant to expand their workforce. Nine percent expect to decrease staff levels, an improvement from 13 percent last year, while 48 percent anticipate no change and 8 percent are unsure.

The percentages of employers hiring full-time, permanent employees in Information Technology (54 percent), Financial Services (42 percent), Manufacturing (41 percent), and Healthcare (38 percent) are expected to outperform the national average.

Hiring for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations will continue to be strong with 31 percent of hiring managers planning to create jobs in these areas over the next 12 months, up from 26 percent last year.

Positions tied to revenue growth, innovation and customer loyalty will dominate in terms of new opportunities. Among employers planning to add full-time, permanent staff, the top five areas they are hiring for include:

  • Sales – 36 percent
  • Customer Service – 33 percent
  • Information Technology – 26 percent
  • Production – 26 percent
  • Administrative – 22 percent

Companies also expect to add more headcount in emerging fields such as:

  • Cloud, mobile or search technology
  • Cyber security
  • Managing and interpreting Big Data
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Anti-terrorism
  • Robotics

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