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What 2008's Hiring Outlook Says About Hiring Trends

What 2008's Hiring Outlook Says About Hiring Trends

John Rossheim: Monster Senior Contributing Writer

September 09, 2009

Data warehousing and mining, IT security, networking, virtual computing and VOIP will be hot specialties in 2008, Kalisher says.

Says Helene Cruz, interim employer relations manager at Pace University, “I see an increase in the need for entry-level programmers and auditors in 2007 going into 2008. I don’t see offshoring hindering the requests we receive for these candidates.”

Engineering


Another profession that’s suffering from a lack of new graduates will be sought after in 2008. “Engineers across the board are in high demand, and engineering grads are harder and harder to find,” says Theresa Carol, business unit leader for Kelly Engineering Resources. “Our customers in civil and petrochemical engineering are hiring well into 2008.”

The medical devices sector is also hot, and there’s great demand for product designers and mechanical and validation engineers, according to Carol. “We’re also seeing the need for the buyers, planners, schedulers and project managers who work in support of these engineers.”

Even in the embattled Detroit auto industry, engineers will be needed. “We’re still seeing a lot of demand for quality and process engineers,” says Ed Hurley, business unit leader of Kelly Automotive Services. “Anything to do with more fuel-efficient vehicles is hot.”

Manufacturing, Construction, Retail and Service Sectors


Alas, for the non-quants among us, 2008 looks substantially less promising. Troubles with the overall economy, particularly high oil prices and the housing bust, threaten to cut employment in many sectors.

On November 20, 2007, the Federal Reserve further trimmed expectations for 2008, predicting anemic growth of 1.6 percent to 2.6 percent, while forecasting unemployment will rise next year to between 4.8 percent and 5 percent — though that’s still low by historic standards.

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So for the tens of millions of us who still assemble products, build buildings and sell and service stuff, next year holds uncertainties. Even the quants can’t tell us which statistical categories of employment each of us will fall into in 2008.