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October 7th, 2011
07:29 AM ET

Jobs that are in high demand, despite the struggling economy

The jobs report for September will be released at 8:30am this morning. Right now, 14 million Americans are out of work.

If you're one of those 14 million, you might be thinking "Where can I find a job? What industries are hiring?"

There are 3 million jobs open right now. Here's a look at seven jobs that are in high demand even in this stagnant economy.

Retail workers
Retailers are looking to hire about 500,000 temporary workers with the holidays coming up, according to the National Retail Federation. And the major chains often hire these temp workers full-time after the holidays.

Commercial truck drivers
If you can pass the commercial license test, you can drive a truck. Your license will depend on the class of vehicle you know how to drive.

Industrial engineer
Sounds hard – and it is. Electrical and manufacturing companies are fighting tooth-and-nail for people with these skills.
These are people who can look at the manufacturing process at a car factory, for example, and figure out ways to stream-line things or increase efficiency. Online job postings are up 28% in the past 4 months, according to

Software engineer
If you know how to write software, build a mobile app or code a website, chances are you're going to be able to find work. The U.S. Labor Department expects very strong growth in this sector in the next few years.

Registered nurse
With so many aging baby boomers getting older and needing medical care, the U.S. Labor Department expects the need for registered nurses to grow by about 22% in the next six years.

Professional cook
We're talking a top-chef type. Professional cooks are hot commodities at hotels and restaurants, often swept up by competition at the drop of a hat. So there are constant jobs opening in this sector.

Even though there are tons of people graduating from business school with degrees in accounting, these jobs are still hard to fill because they're often very specific for each state and industry. says online job postings for these jobs are up 12% in the past few months.

For more information on these industries and job openings go to

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