Recent Study Reveals the Most In-Demand Jobs for 2015

Posted By Terri Williams on June 3, 2015 at 9:38 am
Recent Study Reveals the Most In-Demand Jobs for 2015

There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting a college major. Not only should your major be something you want to study for four years – it should pique your curiosity, and allow you to gain new skills and hone your natural abilities. It should also lead to a job that pays a living wage. And it really helps if employers actually want to hire graduates with your particular degree.

To help with that last part, staffing and recruiting firm Randstad has compiled hiring data from industry insiders, as well as CareerBuilder, and WANTED Analytics. They analyzed last year’s market trends to compile a list of the hottest jobs of 2015. Below, we’ve put together an overview of hiring trends in six different industries, along with the top three jobs and salaries in each industry:


You may have heard stories from job applicants complaining about hundreds of candidates applying for the same job – but those clearly aren’t engineering jobs. Randstad estimates that there are approximately 17 candidates per available engineering job opening, and the average engineering job remains open for 49 days, which is much longer than the national average.


Finance and Accounting

Major companies seeking to hire the most accountants and finance professionals include Wells Fargo, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Citizens Bank, Bank of America, and Deloitte. Big opportunities also exist at PWC, PNC Finance, Ernst & Young, and U.S. Bancorp. Candidates who possess these credentials are in high demand:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Management Account (CMA)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)



Besides the money that organizations lose when they can’t fill open healthcare positions, patient safety is a non-financial but even more critical cost. Some healthcare positions, such as labor and delivery nurses, pharmacists, and disease nurses, are harder than most to recruit for. Additionally, the low supply of specialty physicians like hospitalists, primary care physicians, and emergency room physicians make these positions much harder to fill.


Human Resources

Lower unemployment rates, an increase in hiring, and the need for better employee engagement and retention strategies all combine to create a high demand for graduates with a human resources degree. While most organizations need qualified HR talent, companies actively trying to hire the most HR professionals include Oracle Corporation, Toys “R” Us, Amazon, the Army National Guard, and Deloitte. Other companies with a higher-than-average demand for HR include JCPenney, WellPoint, Inc., Anthem, Inc., and McDonald’s.



There are only 14 candidates for the average biopharmaceutical job, so employers are offering their best compensation packages to qualified applicants.  Genentech, Genzyme Corporation, AstraZeneca, Novartis, and Pfizer are some of the companies with the most open pharmaceutical positions. Merck & Co, Teva, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Celgene Corporation are also on the hunt for pharma professionals.



No “hot jobs” list would be complete without technology. According to Randstad, there are over 400,000 IT job openings nationwide, with an average of only eight applicants per position. However, 93% of employers believe there is a skills gap, and prefer candidates who have a strong set of the following skills:

  • Puppet
  • Cybersecurity
  • Big data
  • NoSQL
  • Salesforce
  • Hadoop
  • JIRA
  • Cloud computing
  • Information security
  • Python


Still deciding on a college major? If future employability is a big concern, one of these fields will likely be a safe bet. Already have a degree in one of these disciplines and looking for jobs? Keep applying – it may be easier than you think to land your dream position.

Terri Williams
Terri Williams graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her education, career, and business articles have been featured on Yahoo! Education, U.S. News & World Report, The Houston Chronicle, and in the print edition of USA Today Special Edition. Terri is also a contributing author to "A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism Ethics," a book published by the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago.

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