top jobs for gradsCareerBuilder partnered with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) to develop a list of top jobs for 2015 requiring either a high school diploma or college degree. The list is constituted by occupations where supply significantly outpaces demand indicated where companies are most needy for talent.

“Job creation is gaining ground and job seekers are gaining leverage,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “For nearly 70 occupations in the U.S., the rate at which workers are being hired isn’t keeping up with the frequency and volume of open positions being advertised. By drawing attention to talent deficits, our list underscores opportunities in everything from technology and health care to sales and transportation for job seekers looking to make a change.”

The analysis uses EMSI’s labor market database, which pulls from over 90 national and state employment resources. CareerBuilder and EMSI looked at the average number of people hired per month in more than 700 occupations from January 2013 to August 2014 and compared that to the number of job postings for each occupation aggregated from online job sites for the same period.

Among occupations that require a college education and have the largest gap between job openings and hires are:

  • Marketing executive
  • Software developer, applications
  • Registered nurse
  • Industrial engineer
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Web developer
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Physical therapist
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Sales manager

Among occupations that do not require a college degree, but have gaps between job openings and hires are:

  • Truck driver, heavy and tractor-trailer
  • Merchandise displayer and window trimmer
  • Orderly
  • Sales rep, wholesale and manufacturing
  • Purchasing manager
  • Medical records and health information tech
  • Telemarketer
  • Demonstrator and product promoter

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