Monster 2019 Year in Jobs Report

We scoured Monster data to track the top jobs, cities, and employers for the past year.

Monster 2019 Year in Jobs Report

Wow, it's hard to believe another year is about to get logged into the history books; and not only that, but another decade too! Before you start looking forward to an era without the dab or eating Tide pods, let's reflect on the work sitch from the past year. It's been a pretty solid year of jobs, what with the unemployment rate at 3.7%, but, still, not everyone found what they were looking for. That's where Monster comes in.

Every week, we use data provided by the Gartner TalentNeuron tool to create the Monster 100—our list of the companies with the most new jobs on Monster. Well, we decided to take it one step further and pull the data for the whole year and create a Year in Jobs Report. 

Once we figured out the top jobs of the year, we had to add a little bit more intel from Labor Insights at Burning Glass to give some info on job descriptions, salary, and keywords to use in your job search. We didn't stop there. We found the top cities with the most jobs and rounded out the whole thing with a mini Monster 100—the top 10 companies that posted the most jobs on Monster this past year. 

Without further ado, we present to you Monster's 2019 Jobs Report. 

Top jobs in 2019

1. Software developer

What you’ll do: To put it simply, software developers develop software. Or more precisely, you may oversee the entire software development process (including upgrades or maintenance of existing software), analyze customer or user needs, write code, and test designs. Some software developers even specialize in the design of specific computer applications or computer systems.
What you’ll need: Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science plus strong computer programming skills.
What you’ll make (median annual salary): $99K
Related job titles: data engineer, computer programmer, web developer, database administrator
Find software developer jobs on Monster.


2. Advertising Sales Agents

What you’ll do: The job title kinds tells the whole story: you'd sell advertising and work with clients to generate sales. The cool thing is that ad sales is can encompass so many different forms: print, TV, digital, social media, or even text messaging. 
What you’ll need: The majority of ad sales reps have a Bachelor's degree, but some jobs require a high school diploma. 
What you’ll make: $48K
Related job titles: advertising account executive, advertising sales executive, advertising and marketing sales, advertising sales representative, mobile marketing sales
Find advertising sales agents jobs on Monster. 


3. Light Truck or Delivery Drivers

What you’ll do: You'd drives a car or truck to make local customer deliveries for a business.
What you’ll need: The only requirements for a delivery driver gig is a high school diploma and current driver's license. 
What you’ll make: $30K
Related job titles: driver helper, supermarket delivery, route driver
Find delivery driver jobs on Monster


4. Product demonstrator

What you’ll do: As a product demonstrator, you’ll set up product demonstration stations in a store, at a trade show, or an outdoor event. Your goal is to generate customer interest and drive sales. If you’re really lucky, you may even be featured in a product demonstration video that gets played in stores.
What you’ll need: The majority of job listings require a high school diploma. Many of the positions are part-time, so they offer great flexibility for students, working parents, and retirees.
What you’ll make: $31K
Related job titles: sales assistant, brand ambassador, event specialist, retail sales associate
Find product demonstrator jobs on Monster.


5. Computer support specialist

What you’ll do: Computer support specialists help clients diagnose and solve computer problems, either as a part of an organization’s information technology (IT) department, or directly to individual users in person, via telephone, or chat. Additionally, you’ll help maintain computer networks and fix problems as they arise.
What you’ll need: Although many jobs require a bachelor’s degree, others request a high school diploma or associate degree.
What you’ll make: $42K 
Related job titles: desktop support technician, help desk technician, help desk analyst, network engineer
Find computer support specialist jobs on Monster.


6. Maintenance and repair technicians

What you’ll do: Every well-run business has got an excellent maintenance and repair technician in house. You’ll oversee the daily functions of the workspace, maintain and repair equipment, and coordinate the daily tasks of the maintenance staff.
What you’ll need: Talent Insights™ shows 61% of job listings require a high school diploma. Depending on the building and the necessary level of management, some positions may request an associate or bachelor’s degree.
What you’ll make: $52K 
Related job titles: maintenance assistant, maintenance supervisor, building and general maintenance technician, repair/service technician
Find maintenance and repair technician jobs on Monster.

7. Network systems administrator

What you’ll do: As a network systems administrator, you’ll organize and install the hardware and software that connect computers and other technology to outside networks, and you’ll manage the day-to-day operations of those computer networks.
What you’ll need: Most network system administrator roles require a bachelor’s degree, but some may require an associate degree or postsecondary certification.
What you’ll make: $77K 
Related job titles: systems administrator, network administrator, senior systems administrator, network engineer
Find network systems administrator jobs on Monster.


8. Tractor-trailer truck driver

What you’ll do: As a tractor-trailer truck driver, you’ll be making so many people happy when you tirelessly haul large trucks filled with cargo—from furniture to bananas—across long distances so they can enjoy the excitement of one-day delivery!
What you’ll need: Two things most frequently required for a truck driver job are a high school diploma and a driver’s license. Class A certification is sometimes required and the job title may indicate it.
What you’ll make: $71K
Related job titles: CDL A truck driver, driver, company driver, light truck/delivery driver
Find tractor-trailer truck driver jobs on Monster.


9. Customer service representative

What you’ll do: Are you a people person? If so, then you’ll fit right in as a customer service representative (CSR). You’ll interact directly with customers, fielding questions, and solving problems. Some CSRs work with customers in person, whereas others communicate over the phone or online.
What you’ll need: The majority of jobs require a high school diploma and strong communication skills. Manager roles may require an associate or bachelor’s degree.
What you’ll make: $30K 
Related job titles: customer service associate, customer service specialist, call center representative, patient service representative
Find customer service representative jobs on Monster.

10. Industrial engineer

What you’ll do: Ever meet someone who’s an industrial engineer and your first thought was, “That sounds more technical than I can even ask a question about”? Guess what? The job description isn’t really that complicated. How’s this? As an industrial engineer, you'll use technology and engineering (natch!) to help companies and organizations produce products with efficient use of time, resources, and energy. Ultimately, you'll be responsible for coming up with ways to make production processes more efficient and less wasteful. Pretty cool, huh?
What you’ll need: Frequently, a bachelor’s degree and strong problem-solving skills are required.
What you’ll make: $75K 
Related job titles: manufacturing engineer, mechanical engineer, validation engineer, health and safety engineer
Find industrial engineer jobs on Monster.

Top 10 Cities With the Most Jobs in 2019

  1. New York
  2. Houston
  3. Atlanta
  4. Chicago
  5. Phoenix
  6. Dallas
  7. Washington, DC
  8. Boston
  9. Saint Louis
  10. Charlotte, North Carolina

Top 10 Companies Hiring in 2019

  1. UPS, Logistics/Shipping
  2. SenText, Business services
  3. Advantage Solutions Group, Business services
  4. Army, Military/Defense
  5. Honeywell, Electrical & Electronic Manufacturing
  6. Johnson Controls, Manufacturing
  7. Mercy Health, Health Care
  8. NTT Data, Telecommunications/IT
  9. Pfizer, Pharmaceuticals
  10. Cognizant Technology Solutions, IT

Planning for 2020

Knowing what jobs are out there, where the jobs are, and who’s hiring are all critical steps in the job search process. But now it’s time to put yourself out there and get some exposure. Need some help with that? Join Monster for free today. As a member, you not only get job alerts emailed right to your inbox, which cuts down on the amount of time you’d spend combing through ads, but you can also upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to different types of jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top positions with qualified candidates, just like you.