At the end of 2009, medical and health jobs were among the least competitive unique jobs (meaning the highest number of unique, de-duplicated jobs compared to the number of job seekers looking for those jobs). Five out of the top 10 least competitive unique jobs included medical or health professions, including Pediatricians and Physical Therapists. On the other hand, some of the most competitive unique jobs (lowest number of unique, de-duplicated jobs compared to the number of job seekers) included Fire Fighters and Police Officers.
The top 10 list of unique jobs includes a variety of professions. Computer Software Engineers top the list, with Managers and Registered Nurses coming in at second and third. Computer Software jobs are becoming increasingly popular due to the heightened use of social media and the integration of social media in most companies.
The 2010 Census is just around the corner, so not surprisingly, Census Taker is the number one most popular unique job by title for December 2009. Census forms for 2010 will be mailed out in March, and if you neglect to turn yours in, be prepared to get a visit from one of your local Census Takers!
As people continue to search for and purchase homes, Real Estate Sales Agents have the highest increase in jobs by ONET. Medical Secretaries have also seen a large increase in jobs by ONET, which relates back to the high trend of unique medical and healthcare openings.
Keep these job trends in mind while you are job searching, and take advantage of those least competitive unique jobs!