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:

Occupation

Average monthly unique job postings

Average monthly hires

Gap between postings and hires

Job growth 2010 - 2014

Total employment in 2014

Median hourly earnings

Marketing executive (1)

34,613

11,617

22,996

10%

191,872

$57.42

Software developer, applications

52,700

31,616

21,084

15%

684,614

$44.66

Registered nurse

122,922

103,804

19,118

5%

2,729,647

$32.51

Industrial engineer

26,031

7,880

18,151

9%

235,817

$38.96

Network and computer system administrator

35,788

18,734

17,054

7%

378,638

$35.84

Web developer

30,108

14,616

15,492

17%

151,081

$28.02

Medical and health services manager

27,696

12,626

15,070

6%

317,314

$43.61

Physical therapist

24,425

10,880

13,545

10%

211,296

$38.63

Speech-language pathologist

15,113

7,112

8,001

5%

133,383

$34.00

Sales manager

28,589

22,280

6,309

8%

376,238

$51.98


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

Occupation

Average monthly unique job postings

Average monthly hires

Gap between postings and hires

Job growth 2010 - 2014

Total employment in 2014

Median hourly earnings

Truck driver, heavy and tractor-trailer

242,400

131,902

110,498

9%

1,838,993

$18.37

Merchandise displayer and window trimmer

20,808

6,126

14,682

5%

79,145

$13.11

Orderly

7,287

2,079

5,208

4%

56,944

$11.66

Sales representative, wholesale and manufacturing

18,547

14,802

3,745

7%

385,789

$35.59

Purchasing manager

5,286

2,534

2,752

7%

72,351

$49.86

Medical records and health information technician

9,224

7,332

1,892

6%

187,947

$16.81

Telemarketer

23,733

22,224

1,509

8%

250,429

$11.03

Demonstrator and product promoter

12,742

11,308

1,434

10%

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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