CareerBuilder's Labor Day Study Reveals 3 Major Forces Shaping the U.S. Job Market
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CHICAGO, Sept. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As the country gets ready to celebrate the contributions of American workers on September 5th, CareerBuilder is releasing new research that sheds light on the marketplace in which they operate. CareerBuilder's 2016 Labor Day study explores three key drivers of employment changes in the U.S., trends associated with each driver and occupations that are among those benefitting the most.

"There are multiple factors that will influence job growth or deceleration, but most of the major shifts in employment today are tied to lifestyle changes, technology advancement and globalization," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. "Whether we're talking about the rise of the sharing economy, the power of smart technology or companies communicating in multiple languages and time zones, these trends are moving the needle on job growth for a wide variety of fields."

CareerBuilder's labor market analysis arm Emsi collects and interprets data from more than 100 national and local employment resources. While there are numerous variables that will influence employment shifts, for the purposes of this study, CareerBuilder and Emsi looked at a short list of trends that have played some part in the growth of specific occupations. The following tables highlight trends that fit within the main categories of lifestyle changes, technology advancement and globalization and show how specific occupations have been positively impacted.

                Changes     Occupation     Current              Number of          Percentage of
                             Impacted     Number of            Jobs Added            Job Growth
                                            Jobs              2012 to 2016
                                                                                    2012 to 2016
    ---                                                                             ------------

    People are
     choosing to
     eat out more,
     giving rise
     to the
     generation.        Cooks, Restaurant           1,219,433              164,804               16%
    --------------      -----------------           ---------              -------               ---

    More people
     are embracing
     the sharing
     Uber)               Taxi Drivers and             283,175               37,023               15%
    ---                     ----------

    America is
     becoming more
     conscious.          Fitness Trainers             309,519               33,303               12%
                           and Aerobics
    ---                    -----------

    Families are
     more careful
     with finances
     after the
     recession.              Personal                 257,493               29,913               13%
    ---                      --------

    More people
     are choosing
     to bank and
     shop online.          Information                 86,563                9,342               12%
                        Security Analysts
    ---                 -----------------

    Couples are
     until later
     in life.           Obstetricians and              25,219                1,082                4%
    ---                   -------------

                                                            Occupation      Current            Number of          Percentage of
                                                             Impacted      Number of          Jobs Added            Job Growth
                          Technology Advancement                             Jobs            2012 to 2016
                                                                                                                   2012 to 2016
    ---                                                                                                            ------------

    There's an "app" for everything and "smart"
     technology is moving beyond phones to clothes,
     homes and more.                                         Software                772,195              112,045               17%
    ---                                                    ------------

    Technology has made advertising become more
     intuitive and effective based on ability to track
     and interpret online behavior.                         Marketing                208,611               19,024               10%
    ---                                                      --------

    Technology has become ingrained in everyday life
     and is how people stay connected.                    Computer User              665,646               63,849               11%
                                                       Support Specialists
    ---                                                -------------------

    Technology is catching health disorders sooner and
     extending lives.                                    Medical Records             198,831               14,451                8%
                                                            and Health
    ---                                                    -----------

    Technology is enabling companies to corral and
     interpret big data to make better business
     decisions.                                              Database                120,476                9,794                9%
    ---                                                   --------------

    Technology is integrated into countless consumer
     and business products with new offerings and
     iterations released all the time.                  Technical Writers             55,129                5,381               11%
    ------------------------------------------------    -----------------             ------                -----               ---

                                 Occupation      Current              Number of          Percentage of
                                  Impacted      Number of            Jobs Added            Job Growth
                Globalization                     Jobs              2012 to 2016
                                                                                          2012 to 2016
    ---                                                                                   ------------

    Companies are serving
     customers in
     different time
     zones, meaning
     workers are needed
     at all hours.            Customer Service            2,674,925              225,910                9%
    ---                        ---------------

    Companies are looking
     to gain a greater
     understanding of
     markets they're
     targeting.                Market Research              532,336               67,551               15%
    ---                           --------

    Expanding beyond
     borders is requiring
     communication in
     different languages.     Interpreters and               78,455                9,845               14%
    ---                          -----------

    There is greater
     emphasis on
     preserving the
     global environment.        Wind Turbine                  7,061                1,889               37%
    ---                          -----------

    Maps for mobile
     phones and
     navigation systems
     are in demand as
     people explore new
     terrain.                 Cartographers and              13,193                1,802               16%
    ---                       -----------------

Students and workers looking for information on careers can get detailed insights at or by viewing career profiles under the "Browse Jobs" header on the CareerBuilder homepage.

About Emsi
Emsi is a CareerBuilder company that provides industry-leading employment data and economic analysis via web tools and custom reports. Emsi turns vast amounts of labor market data into easy-to-use information that helps organizations understand the connection between economies, people, and work, and ultimately build a better workforce. Emsi's software services - Analyst and Career Coach - are used by thousands of professionals in higher education, workforce and economic development, and the private sector. Emsi has also produced more than 1,400 comprehensive impact analyses for colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally. For more information, visit

About CareerBuilder®
As the global leader in human capital solutions, CareerBuilder specializes in cutting-edge HR software as a service to help companies with every step of the recruitment process from acquire to hire. CareerBuilder works with top employers across industries, providing job distribution, sourcing, workflow, CRM, data and analytics in one pre-hire platform. It also operates leading job sites around the world. Owned by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE:TGNA), Tribune Media (NYSE:TRCO) and McClatchy (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit

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