Hot or not? New report showcases most in-demand and emerging jobs of 2017

Randstad US predicts this year’s hottest jobs


ATLANTA – January 23, 2017 – With recent unemployment figures at historic lows, candidates are eager to find the hottest positions in 2017. Randstad US, one of the largest HR services and staffing companies in the United States, is helping those seekers determine the most promising industries and fields with insight and predictions in its annual 2017 Hot Jobs report.

Randstad worked with its national recruiting experts to review the current workforce trends, including available positions, number of qualified candidates, market growth, salary range and specific skillsets to provide timely projections for the year.

Randstad’s 2017 predictions include the most in-demand and emerging jobs within engineering, finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, life sciences, manufacturing and logistics, non-clinical healthcare, and office and administration.

Hot Jobs 1. Validation Engineer
2. Construction Project Manager
3. Controls Engineer
“The engineering field continues to evolve based on market trends and technical innovation. Competition remains high for the most popular positions, while the unemployment rate for the overall field is well below the national average.”
– Richard Zambacca, President, Randstad Engineering
Emerging Jobs 1. Robotics Engineer
2. Embedded Engineer
 Finance and Accounting

Hot Jobs


1. Accountant (Staff, Junior, Senior)
2. Analyst (Financial, Business, Junior, Senior)
3. Manager (Accounting, Finance, Project)
4. Auditor (Director, Manager, SOX)
5. Controller (VP of Finance)
6. Accounting Clerk
“Professionals in this field play an important role in the success and profitability of an organization. Job opportunities in finance and accounting have increased with the growing economy. Employers are increasingly looking for candidates with strong public accounting and general ledger software skills, as well as bilingual applicants.”
 – Jodi Chavez, President, Randstad Professionals
 Non-Clinical Healthcare
Hot Jobs 1. Administrative Assistant
2. Receptionist
3. Executive Assistant
 “As the healthcare industry overall sees continued growth, the number of non-clinical support staff will increase as well. A focus on improving patient experience and greater use of technology in a clinical setting will contribute to the need for additional front and back-office support in healthcare facilities across the country.”
– Linda Perneau, President, Randstad Commercial Staffing 
Emerging Jobs 1. Medical Secretary
2. Medical Assistant
 Human Resources (HR)
Hot Jobs 1. HR Generalist/Business Partner
2. HR Manager/Director
3. Comp & Benefits Manager
4. Learning & Development Specialist
5. Recruitment Specialist
“As technology in the HR space continues to rapidly advance, HR professionals must stay ahead of the digital curve and leverage emerging technologies to drive nearly every aspect of the function. Recent developments in mobile apps, cloud technology, data analytics, artificial intelligence and robotics are helping to better anticipate and manage business needs. The pace of technological adoption, combined with a growing talent shortage, is creating new challenges and opportunities for HR professionals.”
 – Jodi Chavez, President, Randstad Professionals
 Information Technology (IT)
Hot Jobs 1. Full Stack Developer
2. Security Engineer
3. Big Data Engineer
“Advancements and innovation in technology call for an increase in qualified candidates for a wide variety of IT roles. Positions in Big Data, in particular, will continue to see growth as they are critical to increasing productivity and innovation – two important differentiators for nearly all companies today.”
– Dino Grigorakakis, Vice President, Randstad Technologies
Emerging Jobs 1. VR/AR Engineer
2. IoT Engineer
 Life Sciences
Hot Jobs 1. Medical Writer
2. Clinical Study Manager
3. Drug Safety Associate
4. Regulatory Manager
5. Clinical Research Associate
 “The talent shortage in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry will likely continue to rise in 2017 with the increased volume of clinical studies initiated in 2016. As a result, the industry will require qualified and experienced candidates to fill these open positions.”
– John M. Ebeid, Vice President, Randstad Life Sciences
Office and Administration
Hot Jobs 1. Customer Service Rep
2. Administrative Assistant
3. Receptionist
4. Executive Assistant
 “As office and administration roles evolve, these positions are starting to look more like middle management than support staff. The recession and advancements in technology have both contributed to the evolution, as more companies turn to a smaller team to take on more duties. As a result, competition can be high for some of the most popular jobs, so candidates that possess diverse skills such as project management, budgeting, marketing and training will have the upper hand.”
– Linda Perneau, President, Randstad Commercial Staffing 
Manufacturing and Logistics
Hot Jobs Direct Hire
1. Production Supervisor
2. Driver
3. Warehouse SupervisorTemp
4. Loader/Unloader
5. Assembler
6. General Production Worker
 “New technology, innovative production systems, a growing preference for American-made goods and a decline in offshoring are transforming U.S. manufacturing. There is an increased demand for technology-savvy workers to not only capitalize on the next industrial revolution, but to fill a critical void left behind by retiring workers. Job seekers with previous experience, higher education, technological know-how or training will have a competitive edge.”
– Greg Dyer, President, Randstad Commercial Staffing 
Emerging Jobs Direct Hire
1. Maintenance Mechanic
2. Machine OperatorTemp
3. Forklift Operator
4. Picker/Packer

About the Hot Jobs Report 
Every year, Randstad US publishes a summary of what some of the most in-demand jobs are across many fields and industries. Randstad’s list for 2017 includes jobs in engineeringfinance and accountinghuman resourcesinformation technologylife sciencesmanufacturing and logisticsnon-clinical healthcare, and office and administration.

Randstad collected this data from their team of expert recruiters, in combination with research pulled from a variety of current workforce trends, including number of qualified candidates and available positions, market growth, salary range and employer need for specific skillsets.

About Randstad
Randstad US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad Holding nv, a $24.5 billion global provider of HR services. As one of the largest staffing organizations in the United States, Randstad provides temporary, temporary-to-hire and permanent placement services each week to over 100,000 people through its network of more than 900 branches and client-dedicated locations.

Employing 5,300 recruiting experts, the company is a top provider of outsourcing, staffing, consulting and workforce solutions within the areas of engineering, finance and accounting, healthcare, human resources, IT, legal, life sciences, manufacturing and logistics, office and administration and sales and marketing. Learn more at and access Randstad’s panoramic U.S. thought leadership knowledge center through its Workforce360 site that offers valuable insight into the latest economic indicators and HR trends shaping the world of work.


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