They May Not Be Sexy, but These 10 Jobs Are In Demand

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Can you guess the most in-demand jobs of 2017?

I missed the mark on this one. My mind floated to computer scientists, coding nerds (I use “nerd” in the most loving way) and app developers.

Those highly technical jobs seem to top the latest job-outlook lists.

But I like what job-posting site Betterteam did.

It aggregated the most in-demand jobs of 2017. No, these aren’t the fastest-growing jobs. These are the jobs with the most demand — for you. Right now.

The 10 Most In-Demand Jobs of 2017 Might Surprise You

Betterteam described its list as “not always sexy, but always in demand.”

The top 10 list of jobs is ranked by monthly demand. It also notes the growth outlook, median salary and the most popular states.

1. Restaurant Server

Yup, you got it. A restaurant server. The salary isn’t great, but servers typically rely on tips. And if you get President Donald Trump as a customer, you might bank some big ones.

Here are the numbers you need to know:

  • Monthly demand: 10,400
  • Growth outlook: -3% (womp)
  • Median salary: $19,000
  • Popular states: Florida, Georgia, California

2. Registered Nurse

I admire my cousins who are nurses. Nursing is one of those if-only-I-didn’t-hate-blood jobs that would otherwise top my list of dream careers. Some medical establishments even pay off your student loans.

Here are the numbers you need to know:

  • Monthly demand: 9,100
  • Growth outlook: 16%
  • Median salary: $67,000
  • Popular states: California, Texas, Florida

3. Customer Service

Again, Betterteam didn’t promise sexy, but customer service is in demand right now, which is great because it offers tons of work-from-home opportunities.

Here are the numbers you need to know:

  • Monthly demand: 7,400
  • Growth outlook: 10%
  • Median salary: $32,000
  • Popular states: Florida, Georgia, Texas

4. Office Manager

Office managers make the world go ’round, and apparently the world needs more. Your job prospects for this year look pretty good.

Here are the numbers you need to know:

  • Monthly demand: 6,300
  • Growth outlook: 8%
  • Median salary: $52,000
  • Popular states: Florida, Georgia, Virginia

5. Operations Manager

Honestly, I did a quick Indeed search to what an operations manager even does, and it looks like so many different fields need you folks. So, no, I didn’t really figure out what you folks do, but I did find this vague description.

Here are the numbers you need to know:

  • Monthly demand: 5,700
  • Growth outlook: -4%
  • Median salary: $86,000
  • Popular state: California

6. Janitors and Cleaners

Again — totally not sexy. But it’s a job, and great things can come out of it. Just read this guy’s story if you need evidence.

Here are the numbers you need to know:

  • Monthly demand: 5,000
  • Growth outlook: 8%
  • Median salary: $23,000
  • Popular states: North Dakota, Delaware, Vermont

7. Personal Care Aide

Interesting fact: The number of Americans over 65 years old is expected to double between 2000 and 2030. They need you.

Here are the numbers you need to know:

  • Monthly demand: 5,000
  • Growth outlook: 14%
  • Median salary: $20,000
  • Popular states: New York

8. Certified Nursing Assistant

This job has the highest growth outlook of the other jobs on this list. Mic drop. (Was this an appropriate place to use that phrase?)

Here are the numbers you need to know:

  • Monthly demand: 4,900
  • Growth outlook: 17%
  • Median salary: $26,000
  • Popular states: Florida, Illinois, Georgia

9. Accountant

You can make solid money as an accountant — if you actually received a decent enough grade to move on from the introductory class… unlike me.

And if you don’t want to become an accountant, you can use many of the same skills to run your own bookkeeping business from home.

Here are the numbers you need to know:

  • Monthly demand: 4,100
  • Growth outlook: 11%
  • Median salary: $67,000
  • Popular states: Florida, California, Georgia

10. Restaurant Cooks

You might not make a ton of money, but you’re needed. Plus, you have so many opportunities to pick up side jobs — like this fun one.

Here are the numbers you need to know:

  • Monthly demand: 3,800
  • Growth outlook: 15%
  • Median salary: $23,000
  • Popular states: Hawaii, New Hampshire, Rhode Island

If you’re not interested in any of these jobs, you can find other excellent opportunities — including plenty of work-from-home ones — on our Facebook jobs page.

Your Turn: Do you agree with this list of in-demand jobs? Is your job on here?

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her job will probably never be in demand.