Who's Hiring?: The Best and Worst Industries Dissected by Job Sites

Jul 28, 2009

One of the easiest ways to tell which industries are ripe with jobs and which are not is by perusing job boards. Industries that are hiring tend to post a lot of listings; industries that are frozen by the recession do not. Here are the best and worst industries to find work according to the number of jobs of being posted on Monster and CareerBuilder, the internet's two largest job search sites.


Best Industries

Industries with the most job offerings include accounting and auditing, computer or IT services, computer software, healthcare and retail.


Accounting and Auditing

The accounting and auditing industry is flush with jobs, particularly in areas of corporate accounting and accounts payable/receivable. A great number of jobs also exist in accounting administration.

Computer/IT Services

The computer and IT services industry is projected to create nearly half a million jobs over the next few years. Growth is already evident on job sites. Hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of new opportunities are posted each day. Jobs are most plentiful in areas of web development, database development, system architecture and network administration.

Computer Software

One area of the computer services industry that is especially popular is computer software. There is an overwhelming need for software developers, testers and consultants. Jobs are also available for support professionals and individuals with security experience.


The healthcare industry is the United States' largest industry--and it shows on job boards. New healthcare jobs are being created and posted each day. The largest number of opportunities exist for physical therapists, rehab specialists, nurses and social service professionals.


The retail industry took a huge hit, thanks to the recession, but there are still many jobs available for sales and management professionals. Opportunities are also plentiful for cashiers and other counter reps.

Worst Industries

Industries with the fewest job offerings include agriculture, architecture, clothing and textiles, fine arts and waste management.



Finding a job in the agriculture industry is becoming increasingly difficult. There are very few positions being posted to job sites. Those that do exist can most often be found in maintenance, production and sales.


The rough economy has had a very negative impact on the architecture and building industries. There are only a handful of jobs available everywhere in the country. The most plentiful opportunities exist in the industry's engineering sector.

Clothing and Textiles

Lower wage companies are fulfilling most of the clothing and textile industry's needs, leaving very few opportunities for U.S. workers. The jobs that are available exist mainly in retail and sales.

Performance and Fine Arts

The term 'starving artist' has never been more applicable. Jobs for fine artists and performance artists are hard to find on job sites. Opportunities are best on the industry's creative side.

Waste Management

Jobs in waste management are surprisingly few and far between. The best opportunities exist in areas of maintenance, repair and transportation.

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