Industries with the largest job openings in Utah

Published: Wednesday, March 19 2014 11:49 p.m. MDT

Associated Press

The Utah Department of Workforce Services recently released a list of the jobs with the most openings in Utah on the state government's official website, Utah.gov.

Here, we've listed only the top 35 jobs with the most openings in the state.

Based on data from the Occupational Outlook handbook at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we have also provided some additional relevant information for each job description.

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I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

Regarding management...

1) Degrees matter or at least having equivalent skills
2) Working hard is a plus
3) Being an optimist AND likable is key

These things are common, but there is always one thing that misses the mark... knowing how to listen to employees, filter out useful feedback from useless feedback correctly (less than common, imo), work in a team, manage people responsibly but positively, etc.

Degrees have a little less weight in my book. Anyone can learn to work hard, get good grades, and supposedly "know a trade". But actually knowing how to manage in a productive and positive way is far more important. It affects the bottom line, company morale, and having employees that are willing to be motivated. It motivates employees far more than financial incentives, food, etc. Most incentives don't work. Liking both your boss AND your job are far more effective. Don't think it's possible to like both? Then you are part of the problem, not the solution.

The fact that so many companies still struggle with this just astounds me sometimes. It's not rocket science.

Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK

Network and Computer Systems Administrators... Computer Software Engineers... First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office... Could you keep these things on the list for a couple more years? That'd be awesome.

I'd take Computer Support Specialist, but it's not a primary pick. "Your computer is 'slow', huh? Is there maybe something more specific you could describe?"

BYR
West Bountiful, UT

I noticed how those who take care of us, clean up after us, doing the menial work are the least paid. They shouldn't be. Without them, we would be wallowing in our own waste.

CaptScooby
San Antonio, TX

I'm not sure what's going on here, but as a veteran, that should be more than enough to know what's going on and how to manage anyone or anything. Just because someone can use fancy words doesn't make anyone else less able to do the job. Using fancy language can actually hinder the performance of the job itself. Keep it simple

Ellzington
Provo, UT

It is cheap to hire someone for menial work because people who can do the work are plentiful.
http://goo.gl/ULsFHh

bamball
Mesa, AZ

There was a time when a guy came home from war, got married, bought a house, raised a family and worked a job where he could actually provide for a family and stash some away for the future in a (401)k. Look at these median income amounts, except for a few professional jobs listed. "Customer Service Representative" is number 1? And note the $30,000 +/- listed is a median average of highest and lowest, and Walmart practices have revealed an HR department propensity to inflate these types of numbers by including a few senior management positions in the calculation, that probably shouldn't truthfully be considered, so the medians are usually much lower for the average guy doing the job. Working part time and thinking you could get a couple of these gigs simultaneously to earn extra money to start a family--sorry, Google "open availability" and you'll see that the standard structure these days in american retail and part time business is to hold the worker hostage with a crazy schedule and no hope for a future where things may be different if I get moved up a few notches, even if I get in the management ranks. The problem here is that these jobs are not "start in the mailroom, and 23 years later, I find myself in the boardroom". The exception, not the rule, corporations aren't like that anymore. Notions of career advancement and loyalty went away with shareholder focus on short-term profits. What is happening to our country, an economy of Walmart-like corporate financial models being staffed by part time non-benefits workers who are working without much hope in a future of family and economic prosperity. Service industries? Retail?

Sorry to be so negative, but it's terribly sad. An entire young generation who want to start families but delay it because of a sense of hopelessness at having the future of their parents & grandparents-- where even with advanced degrees and student loan debt... aaaaah, don't even get me going on that...

glizz
Salt Lake City, UT

The average wage is an outright lie and so very misleading. What DWS likes to do to hide the real truth is take the wage of someone with a PhD or Master's and the wage of an entry level worker for the average. Take the cashiers listed - most cashiers at WalMart, Smiths, Harmons, Dan's, Fresh Market, etc., start the cashier's at minimum wage, no benefits. Hours are kept low enough so said cashier doesn't ever qualify for benefits. Then DWS takes a cashier who may have come from a union (do they exist anymore in Utah?) and has worked for 15 years, making more than 20 bucks an hour. So the average will look high and desirable.

Who can support themselves on $8.50 per hour? on $9.50, $10.50 or $11.50 per hour? So unrealistic

GB1
Orem, UT

If you have looked at the job categories, generally those that pay more are those that require more and/or specialized education; i.e., those that require higher skills and thinking to accomplish the job.
A college education does not automatically ensure a higher-paying job. For example, a degree in Architecture or Psychology pays very little and opportunities are very limited. Architecture can often be done using software programs today. Psychology is a very subjective discipline where results may widely vary, which is quite unlike objective disciplines that involve mathematics, science, or engineering where the laws of nature are in play and it is easy to see whether something works or not. Other degrees, such as Sports Management, have very limited job opportunities even in a very good economy and virtually no opportunities in a very poor economy since such are considered a luxury that people back out of at the first hint of tough economic times.
People need to take an objective look at opportunities in the areas they may want to work in and if the opportunities are poor, then either look at something else or understand going in that the pay will be poor and they are going to do it because they like it.

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