This Is the Most In-Demand Job in the U.S. Right Now, Data Shows

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Finding a job can be a difficult and daunting task. Even with the relevant education, skills, and experience, so much of successfully landing a new gig can come down to being in the right place at the right time. But even though that is the case, you can improve your chances by knowing the current state of the job market—from who is hiring to how much competition is out there for your desired position. To help give you a better understanding of that, we consulted a recent study to find the most in-demand jobs in the country.

Career resource and solutions site Lensa created the Lensa Index to give jobseekers a better idea of job demand across the United States. Using its own internal data, Lensa determined the 50 most posted jobs in the U.S. and ranked them based on which postings were clicked on the most in the first half of 2021. Read on to discover the most in-demand jobs in the country.

10. Project manager

According to job resource site Glassdoor: “Project managers are responsible for planning and overseeing projects to ensure they are completed in a timely fashion and within budget.” Professionals with this title also “plan and designate project resources, prepare budgets, monitor progress, and keep stakeholders informed the entire way,” the site says.

In addition to being the tenth most in-demand job in the U.S. right now, project manager has the highest average salary of any job on this list at $74,041, according to job resource site Indeed.

9. Driver

While driver is a somewhat vague term since this could mean anything from a taxi driver to a delivery driver to a personal chauffeur, the average hourly pay for jobs with the title of driver is $15.78, according to Indeed. And Glassdoor says the average salary for a driver in the U.S. is $40,392.

8. Data entry clerk

If you have meticulous attention to detail and are fast with your fingers when it comes to your typing skills, data entry can be an ideal job fit for you. While many of these jobs pay by the hour, Glassdoor says the average salary for a data entry clerk in the U.S. is around $32,419.

7. Warehouse worker

A general warehouse worker is an entry level position that typically pays by the hour. The average hourly rate in the U.S. right now is $13.06, according to Indeed.

6. Registered nurse

Being a nurse is one of the most noble professions one can have. It also can be incredibly stressful and physically taxing. Not everyone is cut out for it, but for those that are, it seems nurses are needed more than ever right now. The pay ranges pretty significantly depending on the state. The highest average RN salary is in California ($113,240) and the lowest is in South Dakota ($59,540), according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, compiled by Nurse.org.

5. Warehouse associate

The responsibilities of a warehouse associate may include things like processing, packaging, and shipping orders; maintaining inventory; and cleaning and organizing warehouse space. Depending on experience, location, and company, you can expect to make between $28,800 and $38,500.

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