At the end of this academic year, approximately 6 million American students will be graduating from high school, community colleges, and undergraduate programs. These students will be graduating in a labor market that is looking a little murky right now. It can be discouraging to be graduating right now, with over 43 million Americans out of work and collecting unemployment benefits. However, don’t let all the negativity and bad news shoot down your hopes of securing a great job opportunity. There are tons of employers still looking for great candidates just like you to get to work. Here are some of the most in-demand entry-level jobs needed in today’s job market.
The industries hiring right now
Some industries have been hit harder than others with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. However, some industries are ramping up their hiring during these challenging economic times. According to LinkedIn’s 2020 Grad’s Guide to Getting Hired, these are the top industries hiring right now:
- Transportation and Logistics
- Recreation and Travel
- Software and IT Services
Healthcare is one of the most resilient industries out there. So, regardless of the current economic conditions, healthcare professionals are in high demand. And this isn’t necessarily nurses or doctors – healthcare organizations need all kinds of workers, such as business analysts, safety professionals, marketers, and product managers, to name a few.
Online retail and transportation/logistics are seeing an uptick in hiring as people are staying home and doing more online shopping than ever before. Moreover, Software and IT services are seeing a massive demand for their products and services as employees work hard from their homes. Video conferencing and other communication tools are skyrocketing right now as we all try to work remotely and remain productive. And finally, recreation and travel are putting people to work to ensure visitors of parks and other recreational activities are keeping visitors safe.
Entry-level jobs in high demand
Now that we know where the hottest jobs are, here is a brief list of some of the most in-demand entry-level jobs:
- Material Handler
- Top skills needed: forklift operation, shipping, receiving, order picking
- Food Service Worker
- Top skills needed: food prep, customer service, time management
- Top skills needed: HTML, CSS, Big Data, Git
- Top skills needed: Electrical troubleshooting, EPA, HVAC
- Customer Service Specialist
- Top skills needed: Data entry, time management, customer service
- Software Engineer
- Top skills needed: Java, Spring Framework, Hibernate
- Product Manager
- Top skills needed: product development, product management, product strategy
These are just a few jobs that are in high demand, according to LinkedIn. Also, these jobs don’t necessarily require any prior experience. Now, these jobs or career paths may not be what you expected when preparing to graduate. Nonetheless, these positions are in high demand and are excellent areas to kick off your career.
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