18 Hot Jobs for 2015

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By Debra Auerbach, CareerBuilder writer

Things that are hot right now: sweatpants-as-real-pants, [insert any name] of the Jenner/Kardashian clan (sorry haters), anything produced by Shonda Rhimes, "Shake it Off" inspired videos - and this list of hot jobs for 2015.

CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. compiled a list of the top jobs for the New Year by looking at supply versus demand – the occupations that have a large number of openings each month compared to the number of people actually hired for these jobs.

The list is broken down into two sections – those jobs that require a college degree and those that don't – and both sections include jobs that span industries, so there are opportunities for every type of job seeker looking to make a change.

If you're in the market for a new job in 2015, check out the 18 jobs featured below (that is, if you're not too busy catching up on "Scandal" or copying outfit ideas from North West).

Among occupations that require a college education and have the largest gap between job openings and hires are:
OccupationAverage monthly unique job postingsAverage monthly hiresGap between postings and hiresJob growth 2010 - 2014Total employment in 2014Median hourly earnings
Marketing executive (1)34,61311,61722,99610%191,872$57.42
Software developer, applications52,70031,61621,08415%684,614$44.66
Registered nurse122,922103,80419,1185%2,729,647$32.51
Industrial engineer26,0317,88018,1519%235,817$38.96
Network and computer system administrator35,78818,73417,0547%378,638$35.84
Web developer30,10814,61615,49217%151,081$28.02
Medical and health services manager27,69612,62615,0706%317,314$43.61
Physical therapist24,42510,88013,54510%211,296$38.63
Speech-language pathologist15,1137,1128,0015%133,383$34.00
Sales manager28,58922,2806,3098%376,238$51.98

Among occupations that don't require a college degree, but have gaps between job openings and hires are (2):

OccupationAverage monthly unique job postingsAverage monthly hiresGap between postings and hiresJob growth 2010 - 2014Total employment in 2014Median hourly earnings
Truck driver, heavy and tractor-trailer242,400131,902110,4989%1,838,993$18.37
Merchandise displayer and window trimmer20,8086,12614,6825%79,145$13.11
Orderly7,2872,0795,2084%56,944$11.66
Sales representative, wholesale and manufacturing18,54714,8023,7457%385,789$35.59
Purchasing manager5,2862,5342,7527%72,351$49.86
Medical records and health information technician9,2247,3321,8926%187,947$16.81
Telemarketer23,73322,2241,5098%250,429$11.03
Demonstrator and product promoter12,74211,3081,43410%96,096$12.26

1 The marketing manager occupation includes everything from vice president of marketing to director and manager, etc.
2 Some occupations may require additional training after high school.

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