12 Positions in Demand in 2014

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  • July 16, 2015 1:45 pm

If you’re seeking a job in the accounting and finance, technology, or legal fields, the Robert Half Professional Employment Report, a quarterly survey of hiring executives, reveals top positions employers are trying to fill.

A net 10 percent of executives plan to add professional-level staff in the first quarter of 2014, according to the survey of nearly 4,000 CFOs, CIOs, senior human resources managers, lawyers, and advertising executives, by Robert Half, a staffing firm. Some companies are finally ready to fill positions that became vacant and weren’t filled as budgets were tight. Others are bulking up staff as business has ramped up again. And others have found high turnover have created an ongoing need, such as help desk jobs, the survey found.

Here is a look at what types of jobs in specific sectors are in demand, according to the survey, which looked at first quarter 2014 hiring trends.

Accounting and Finance

Position: Financial analysts Responsibilities: Evaluate financial plans, budgets, and forecasts, and help companies generate profits while keeping costs in check.

Position: Staff and senior accountants (particularly CPAs) Responsibilities: Manage basic accounting needs for a company, such as maintaining the ledger, preparing financial statements,  and analyzing accounts.

Position: Business systems analysts Responsibilities: Enhance businesses’ existing systems, and leverage new software and hardware.


Position: Network administrators Responsibilities: Help companies manage more complex networks, using knowledge of cloud computing, Software as a Service (SaaS), and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Position: Windows administrators Responsibilities: Help companies maintain and implement existing and updated systems.

Position: Help desk and desktop support professionals Responsibilities: Provide support to customers and end users.

Advertising and Marketing

Position: Account managers Responsibilities: Develop advertising strategies that meet clients’ goals and keep campaigns within budget and on deadline.

Position: Brand/product managers Responsibilities: Conduct market research, identify trends, and provide brand direction to meet a clients’ or business’ objectives.

Position: User experience (UX) designers Responsibilities: Create intuitive online experiences for a client’s customer base.


Position: Bankruptcy/foreclosure lawyers and paralegals Responsibilities: Counsel and assist clients who are facing foreclosure of their home or considering filing for bankruptcy by filing the legal documents as they go through the process.

Position: Corporate and commercial litigation associates, paralegals, legal secretaries, skilled lawyers, and JDs. Responsibilities: Work with clients ranging from individuals to international corporation on issues related to fraud, real estate and construction disputes, breach of contract, securities litigation, corporate governance, and others, in cases that can be heard by local courts all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Positions: Labor and employment support professionals Responsibilities: Represent companies as they develop personnel policies, wages and benefits packages, and workplace safety standards, and face claims and lawsuits related to discrimination, unemployment compensation and workers’ compensation, as well as assist with compliance matters and mergers and acquisitions.

As hiring continues in these and other fields, knowing which positions are most in demand can help direct your career search.

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