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Top 17 Growth Areas for Temporary and Project-Based Jobs

More companies are turning to temporary and contract workers to meet evolving market demands and quickly scale up their businesses. For job seekers, it's a great way to build relationships with employers and expand their resumes, and is often an in-road into permanent placement with those companies.

Around 40 percent of employers plan to hire temporary workers in 2013, up 4 percent from a year ago.  Here at Emergent, we’ve seen a jump in clients looking for us to employ the project-based Computer Programmers and Customer Service Representatives they’re recruiting lately, so it’s interesting to see those jobs making the CareerBuilder list of fastest growing temporary job areas this year.

Here’s CareerBuilder’s list of the fastest-growing temporary job areas in the U.S.  – including median hourly wages for those jobs - since 2010:

  • Team Assemblers (help to assemble an entire product or part of a product)
    • 20 percent job growth from 2010 to 2012
    • Median hourly wage: $13.25
  • Office Clerks
    • 19 percent job growth from 2010 to 2012
    • Median hourly wage: $13.18
  • Customer Service Representative
    • 19 percent job growth from 2010 to 2012
    • Median hourly wage: $14.90
  • Human Resources, Training and Labor Relations Specialists
    • 25 percent job growth from 2010 to 2012
    • Median hourly wage: $26.44
  • Registered Nurses
    • 15 percent job growth from 2010 to 2012
    • Median hourly wage $32.10
  • Nursing aides, Orderlies and Attendants
    • 19 percent job growth from 2010 to 2012
    • Median hourly wage $11.91
  • Home Health Aides
    • 21 percent job growth from 2010 to 2012
    • Median hourly wage: $9.96
  • Maintenance and Repair Workers
    • 19 percent job growth from 2010 to 2012
    • Median hourly wage: $16.94
  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
    • 19 percent job growth from 2010-2012
    • Median hourly wage: $17.96
  • Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
    • 19 percent job growth from 2010 to 2012
    • Median hourly wage: $16.63
  • Sales Representatives, Services
    • 18 percent job growth from 2010 to 2012
    • Median hourly wage: $24.60
  • Computer Support Specialists
    • 19 percent job growth from 2010 to 2012
    • Median hourly wage: $23.58
  • Computer Programmers
    • 19 percent job growth from 2010 to 2012
    • Median hourly wage: $34.48
  • Accountants and Auditors
    • 18 percent job growth from 2010 to 2012
    • Median hourly wage: $30.04
  • Business Operations Specialists
    • 19 percent job growth
    • Median hourly wage: $30.82
  • Electricians
    • 19 percent job growth
    • Median hourly wage: $23.64
  • Sales Representatives, Wholesale & Manufacturing
    • 19 percent job growth
    • Median hourly wage: $25.55

For the full survey results by CareerBuilder and EMSI, please click here  

Though Emergent strives to publish the most current information on topics of reader interest, Emergent cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of posted information in any way. Click here to read our full disclaimer.

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