Top 10 Jobs And Locations That Are Making A Comeback


Good news for those of you looking to make a career move. Whether that move is physical or industry-specific, CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI) have outlined the occupations that are re-emerging after significant hits to job growth during the recession.

The study used EMSI’s labor market database, which pulls from more than 90 national and state employment resources and includes detailed information on employees and self-employed workers.

Changing careers? Consider these top 10 growing industries.

According to CareerBuilder, this list highlights industries and careers where job growth has increased by an addition of at least 20,000 jobs from 2010 to 2012. Here are the careers with the most job growth:
  1. Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals – 28,333 jobs added since 2010, up 30 percent growth
  2. Drilling Oil and Gas Wells – 21,970 jobs added, up 29 percent
  3. Electronic Shopping – 25,327 jobs added, up 23 percent
  4. Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction – 32,715 jobs added, up 21 percent
  5. Temporary Help Services – 438,116 jobs added, up 21 percent
  6. Machine Shops – 44,754 jobs added, up 18 percent
  7. Marketing Consulting Services – 27,113 jobs added, up 13 percent
  8. Computer Systems Design Services – 88,740 jobs added, up 12 percent
  9. Specialized Freight (except used goods) Trucking, Local – 22,936 jobs added, up 11 percent
  10. Home Health Care Services – 116,360 jobs added, up 10 percent

Looking to shift your career to a new city? Check out the top 10 metropolitan areas for job growth.

There is a close correlation between the top locations for job growth and the concentration of fast-growing careers in those markets, explained Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.

“Technology hiring is a big contributor for growth in the Bay Area and Raleigh and while Texas cities, Oklahoma and Salt Lake are benefiting from strong oil and gas activity.”

The metropolitan areas with the most job growth from 2010 to 2012 are:

  1. San Jose, CA (includes Sunnyvale and Santa Clara) – 63,290 jobs added, up 7 percent
  2. Houston, TX (includes Sugar Land and Baytown) – 165,969 jobs added, up 6 percent
  3. Austin, TX (includes Round Rock and San Marcos) – 49,131 jobs added, up 6 percent
  4. Detroit, MI (includes Warren and Livonia) – 92,407 jobs added, up 5 percent
  5. Salt Lake City, UT – 34,137 jobs added, up 5 percent
  6. Oklahoma City, OK – 28,992 jobs added, up 5 percent
  7. Raleigh, NC (includes Cary)– 24,725 jobs added, up 5 percent
  8. Dallas, TX (includes Forth Worth and Arlington) – 128,644 jobs added, up 4 percent
  9. San Francisco, CA (includes Oakland and Fremont) – 84,014 jobs added, up 4 percent
  10. Phoenix, AZ (includes Mesa and Glendale) – 81,606 jobs added, up 4 percent

Top re-emerging jobs.

CareerBuilder and EMSI also released a list of the top re-emerging careers that are rallying after job losses during the recession. The resurgence is seen most among computer-controlled machine tool operators, machinists, engine assemblers, and other production industries.

  1. Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders – increased 16 percent from 2010 to 2012
  2. Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic – increased 14 percent
  3. Pourers and Casters, Metal – increased 13 percent
  4. Engine and Other Machine Assemblers – increased 13 percent

After looking at this job growth data, is your career move looking up?

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About the Author:  Kristen Wishon holds an M.S. and B.S. in journalism with a concentration in public relations and a minor in art history from West Virginia University (WVU). Prior to joining Come Recommended, Kristen gained public relations, editorial and promotional writing, and social media experience through several health & pharmacy-focused internships in West Virginia.


  1. says

    THANKS for the great info. I am impressesd with such great info during my job search. I am new to this board, but impressed and THANKFULL. Keep up the great work we need (the info seeking crowd) your board.

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