Want to Find a Job Online? Here’s Where to Look.

For college graduates, jobs in technology and office management are their best bets.

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Matt Vasilogambros
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Matt Vasilogambros
April 23, 2014, 10:51 a.m.

It’s no secret: If you want to find a job post­ing in today’s mar­ket, you have to look on­line.

New re­search from Geor­getown Uni­versity shows which in­dus­tries post the most job open­ings on­line, and how much those jobs pay on av­er­age.

Of the 3.7 mil­lion jobs that open each month, 2.7 mil­lion of them are pos­ted on­line, ac­cord­ing to the study. If you have a bach­el­or’s de­gree, 80 per­cent of the job open­ings for your level are pos­ted on­line. For people with a lower edu­ca­tion level, few­er than 50 per­cent of those job list­ings are on­line.

So, where are the jobs? Fit­tingly, they are in tech­no­logy.

The most in-de­mand jobs pos­ted on­line are in ap­plic­a­tion soft­ware de­vel­op­ment.

With­in the in­form­a­tion-tech­no­logy field, soft­ware-de­veloper and com­puter-sys­tems-ana­lyst po­s­i­tions are most pre­val­ent.

For col­lege gradu­ates, the pro­fes­sion with the most over­all de­mand on­line is in ma­na­geri­al and pro­fes­sion­al of­fices, mak­ing up a third of on­line job post­ings.

Those jobs in­clude fin­an­cial man­agers, law­yers, and ac­count­ants.

Jobs in tech­no­logy, en­gin­eer­ing, and math­em­at­ics oc­cu­pa­tions ac­count for 28 per­cent of on­line job post­ings. Sur­pris­ingly, though, jobs in this field ac­count for only 11 per­cent of col­lege em­ploy­ment in the United States.

To­geth­er, these two pro­fes­sions rep­res­ent 61 per­cent of on­line ads — some 1.1 mil­lion open­ings in the second quarter of 2013.

So, while many of these jobs for col­lege grads are pos­ted on­line, one of the fig­ures men­tioned earli­er should stick out to job-seekers: Jobs that re­quire just a high school de­gree are not read­ily avail­able on­line. That makes it more dif­fi­cult for these people to find work.

It’s not like Amer­ic­ans with just a high school de­gree don’t have In­ter­net ac­cess. Only 20 per­cent of Amer­ic­ans have no In­ter­net in their homes. But it does mean high school grads won’t be able to use the In­ter­net to find work, un­like people with high­er edu­ca­tion.

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