New Report Showcases Most In-Demand and Emerging Jobs of 2017

With recent unemployment figures at historic lows, candidates are eager to find the hottest positions in 2017. Randstad US, one of the largest HR services and staffing companies in the United States, is helping those seekers determine the most promising industries and fields with insight and predictions in its annual 2017 Hot Jobs report.


Randstad worked with its national recruiting experts to review the current workforce trends, including available positions, number of qualified candidates, market growth, salary range, and specific skillsets to provide timely projections for the year.

Randstad’s 2017 predictions include the most in-demand and emerging jobs within engineering, finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, life sciences, manufacturing and logistics, nonclinical healthcare, and office and administration.


Hot Jobs 1. Validation Engineer

2. Construction Project

3. Controls Engineer

“The engineering field continues to evolve based on
market trends and technical innovation. Competition
remains high for the most popular positions, while
the unemployment rate for the overall field is well
below the national average.”
– Richard Zambacca, President, Randstad
Emerging Jobs 1. Robotics Engineer

2. Embedded Engineer

Finance and Accounting

Hot Jobs 1. Accountant (Staff,
Junior, Senior)

2. Analyst (Financial,
Business, Junior, Senior)

3. Manager (Accounting,
Finance, Project)

4. Auditor (Director,
Manager, SOX)

5. Controller (VP of

6. Accounting Clerk

“Professionals in this field play an important role in
the success and profitability of an organization. Job
opportunities in finance and accounting have
increased with the growing economy. Employers are
increasingly looking for candidates with strong public
accounting and general ledger software skills, as well
as bilingual applicants.”
– Jodi Chavez, President, Randstad Professionals

Nonclinical Healthcare

Hot Jobs 1. Administrative Assistant

2. Receptionist

3. Executive Assistant

 “As the healthcare industry overall sees continued
growth, the number of non-clinical support staff will
increase as well. A focus on improving patient
experience and greater use of technology in a clinical
setting will contribute to the need for additional front
and back-office support in healthcare facilities across
the country.”
– Linda Perneau, President, Randstad Commercial
Emerging Jobs 1. Medical Secretary

2. Medical Assistant

Human Resources (HR)

Hot Jobs 1. HR Generalist/Business

2. HR Manager/Director

3. Comp & Benefits

4. Learning &
Development Specialist

5. Recruitment Specialist

“As technology in the HR space continues to rapidly
advance, HR professionals must stay ahead of the
digital curve and leverage emerging technologies to
drive nearly every aspect of the function. Recent
developments in mobile apps, cloud technology, data
analytics, artificial intelligence and robotics are
helping to better anticipate and manage business
needs. The pace of technological adoption, combined
with a growing talent shortage, is creating new
challenges and opportunities for HR professionals.”
– Jodi Chavez, President, Randstad Professionals

Information Technology (IT)

Hot Jobs 1. Full Stack Developer

2. Security Engineer

3. Big Data Engineer

“Advancements and innovation in technology call for
an increase in qualified candidates for a wide variety
of IT roles. Positions in Big Data, in particular, will
continue to see growth as they are critical to
increasing productivity and innovation – two
important differentiators for nearly all companies
– Dino Grigorakakis, Vice President, Randstad
Emerging Jobs 1. VR/AR Engineer

2. IoT Engineer

Life Sciences

Hot Jobs 1. Medical Writer

2. Clinical Study Manager

3. Drug Safety Associate

4. Regulatory Manager

5. Clinical Research

“The talent shortage in the pharmaceutical and life
sciences industry will likely continue to rise in 2017
with the increased volume of clinical studies initiated
in 2016. As a result, the industry will require
qualified and experienced candidates to fill these
open positions.”
– John M. Ebeid, Vice President, Randstad Life

Office and Administration

Hot Jobs 1. Customer Service Rep

2. Administrative Assistant

3. Receptionist

4. Executive Assistant

“As office and administration roles evolve, these
positions are starting to look more like middle
management than support staff. The recession and
advancements in technology have both contributed
to the evolution, as more companies turn to a
smaller team to take on more duties. As a result,
competition can be high for some of the most
popular jobs, so candidates that possess diverse
skills such as project management, budgeting,
marketing and training will have the upper hand.”
– Linda Perneau, President, Randstad Commercial

Manufacturing and Logistics

Hot Jobs Direct Hire

1. Production Supervisor

2. Driver

3. Warehouse Supervisor



4. Loader/Unloader

5. Assembler

6. General Production

“New technology, innovative production systems, a
growing preference for American-made goods and a
decline in offshoring are transforming U.S.
manufacturing. There is an increased demand for
technology-savvy workers to not only capitalize on
the next industrial revolution, but to fill a critical void
left behind by retiring workers. Job seekers with
previous experience, higher education, technological
know-how or training will have a competitive edge.”
– Greg Dyer, President, Randstad Commercial
Emerging Jobs Direct Hire

1. Maintenance Mechanic

2. Machine Operator



3. Forklift Operator

4. Picker/Packer

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