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If you're looking for a new job, there's no better place to start than the jobs Randstad fills the most. While our Best Jobs are the roles most filled by each of our divisions, the roles listed here are the most in demand across of all of Randstad US. There's no shortage of availability, so start applying today!

what are the top 15 most in-demand jobs?

1. .NET developer

job description: .NET developers design, write, develop and implement ASP.NET software and applications. They maintain and enhance existing web-based software and applications, troubleshoot and debug code and collaborate with cross-functional teams and clients to define, design and deploy enhancements and technical solutions.

skills or certifications needed: .NET, C#, SQL, ASP.NET, web programming, software development

average salary: $76,478 – $110,301
low: $56,533 – $83,325
high: $97,131 – $136,814

2. assembler

job description: Assemblers put together products according to specific needs, following blueprints and other written and verbal specifications. They mount and connect auxiliary, mechanical, electrical, electronic, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment. Sometimes, they cut and fit pipes and tubing, align components and bolt, screw or otherwise fashion them together.

skills or certifications needed: mechanical assembly, soldering, hand tools, reading comprehension, operation monitoring, attention to detail

average salary: $13.99 – $26.84/hour
low: $11.64 – $22.44/hour
high: $16.10 – $30.40/hour

3. call center representative

job description: Call center representatives (CCRs) answer inbound calls and place outbound calls with the goal of increasing business, ensuring customer satisfaction and retaining customers. They also navigate customer information systems, respond to questions from customers, explain services, correct errors, provide information on pricing, take orders, help develop leads, sell products and more.

skills or certifications needed: customer service, communication skills, problem solving, multi-tasking, attention to detail

average salary: $11.63 – $17.78/hour
low: $9.68 – $15.00/hour
high: $13.58 – $20.93/hour

4. customer service representative

job description: Customer service representatives (CSRs) interact with customers, providing valuable information in response to inquiries from customers about accounts, products, services and more.

skills or certifications needed: customer service, communication skills, problem solving, multi-tasking, attention to detail

average salary: $15.31 – $23.60/hour
low: $12.38 – $18.88/hour
high: $18.09 – $27.63/hour

5. forklift operator

job description: Forklift operators operate industrial trucks equipped with lifting devices to push, pull, lift, stack or tier products, pallets, equipment and materials in warehouses, storage yards, factories and other settings.

skills or certifications needed: warehouse, forklift operation, packing/unpacking, stocking, physical fitness

average salary: $13.91 – $20.76/hour
low: $11.26 – $16.75/hour
high: $16.11 – $24.10/hour

6. javascript developer

job description: JavaScript developers design, write, develop and implement software, applications and new features for multiple platforms and technologies. They also maintain and enhance existing software and applications, ensuring the quality and technical performance of code by writing unit tests and performing code reviews. They often troubleshoot and debug software and applications, in addition to designing and developing user interfaces.

skills or certifications needed: javascript, J2EE/J2SE, front-end development, HTML, web programming, software development

average salary: $82,459 – $116,663
low: $64,251 – $93,209
high: $96,109 – $132,741

7. loan processor

job description: Loan processors perform clerical and administrative support activities related to obtaining loans for borrowers, prepare papers and assemble required documents. From there, they forward applications for loans, construction plans, credit ratings and related documents to loan companies for approval. They also draw up closing papers and record deeds with title companies and municipal authorities.

skills or certifications needed: loan processing, loan administration, mortgage lending, communication skills, customer service

average salary: $15.74 – $26.84/hour
low: $12.39 – $22.44/hour
high: $18.23 – $30.40/hour

8. machine operator

job description: Machine operators are the caretakers of mechanical equipment. Responsible for both installation and maintenance in addition to operation, machine operators must regularly run tests to identify breakdowns and initiate repairs. Depending on their equipment, some machine operators must also be comfortable working with technologies like CAD/CAM.

skills or certifications needed: machine operation, mechanical and technical skills, maintenance and repair, troubleshooting, problem solving

average salary: $20.23/hour
low: $16.97/hour
high: $23.38/hour

9. maintenance mechanic

job description: Maintenance mechanics repair and maintain a wide range of machinery and mechanical equipment using hand tools, power tools and measuring and testing instruments. They dismantle machinery and mechanical equipment to gain access to, and, if needed, repair and replace defective parts. They may also be responsible for preventative maintenance and scheduling the delivery of replacement parts.

skills or certifications needed: mechanical maintenance, electrical maintenance, troubleshooting, blueprints

average salary: $20.76 – $32.92/hour
low: $17.25 – $27.61/hour
high: $24.33 – $38.28/hour

10. medical biller / coder

job description: Medical billers and coders process insurance claims to ensure accurate payment for the healthcare facilities in which they work. Medical billers and coders review a patient's treatment to assign it the proper code for billing, but their responsibilities extend to the post-payment process, too. Medical billers and coders are also responsible for working with both insurance companies and patients to resolve billing issues on both ends.

skills or certifications needed: medical billing software, insurance guidelines, customer service, accounting, bookkeeping, communication

average salary: $18.27/hour
low: $15.57/hour
high: $20.99/hour

11. office assistant

job description: Office assistants provide clerical support to businesses in a number of ways. Responsibilities may include handling phone calls, scheduling appointments, taking notes and managing office supply inventory. Additionally, office assistants can also serve as the first point of contact for a company, manning the front desk to greet and usher visitors to appointments.

skills or certifications needed: writing ability, organization, communication, customer service, file management

average salary: $17.24/hour
low: $14.48/hour
high: $19.38/hour

12. python developer

job description: Python developers develop, plan and analyze Python software programs. They design software to spec, running frequent software and system tests to troubleshoot problems and address bugs. They're often asked to resolve problems discovered by quality assurance or product support teams. They also prepare and maintain essential code documentation.

skills or certifications needed: python, java, web programming, software development, unix shell scripting

average salary: $88,085 – $121,953
low: $70,569 – $101,015
high: $104,044 – $141,084

13. registered nurse

job description: Registered nurses (RNs) are often specialists — for example, there are intensive care unit (ICU) RNs, progressive care RNs, emergency room (ER) RNs, medical surgical RNs, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) RNs and more. All are responsible for interacting with patients, physicians and other healthcare professionals. They administer medications and treatments and aid physicians in the treatment and examination of patients. They also help maintain essential records related to treatments, patient symptoms and care.

skills or certifications needed: patient care, advanced cardiac life support, treatment planning, communication skills, teamwork

average salary: $30.97 – $52.08/hour
low: $26.41 – $45.98/hour
high: $35.46 – $60.76/hour

14. underwriter

job description: Underwriters assess individual insurance or mortgage applications to determine whether or not applicants meet the requirements for approval — and, if so, they recommend appropriate premiums and rates for the associated level of risk. Underwriters also use software to analyze risk profiles and calculate costs.

skills or certifications needed: underwriting, mortgage lending, microsoft office, financial risk management, customer service

average salary: $68,739
low: $53,930
high: $81,141

15. warehouse worker

job description: Warehouse workers such as materials handlers, pickers, packers, production laborers and others perform work that is essential to the day-to-day operations of warehouses and industrial facilities. Their responsibilities include loading and unloading materials, coordinating the movement of products within the facility, weighing products, following verbal and written instructions and more.

skills or certifications needed: moving goods, sorting, communication skills, reading, attention to detail

average salary: $11.74 – $20.45/hour
low: $9.70 – $16.61/hour
high: $13.19 – $24.03/hour

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