A recent study conducted by LiveCareer, a resume builder and online career website, analyzed the site's entire resume database for the first half of 2014 to determine the most in-demand job fields.
The data revealed that Customer Service-Retail, Healthcare-Nursing, Restaurant and Foodservices, and Office Management-Administrative are the most competitive job categories in the United States.
While LiveCareer's study included over 50 industries, the four leading job categories accounted for more than 66 percent of all resumes created in 2014.
- Customer Service-Retail (28.51 percent of all resumes created): The most popular job titles in this industry include Customer Service Representative, Retail Sales Associate, and Cashier.
- Healthcare-Nursing (17.76 percent of all resumes created): Nursing, both Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants, and Home Health Aides represent the most sought after positions in the Healthcare-Nursing industry.
- Restaurant and Foodservice (10.25 percent of all resumes created): Fast Food Workers, Waiters, Servers, and Bartenders lead the positions being applied for in this sector.
- Office Management-Admin (10.12 percent of all resumes created): The most popular job titles in this job category include administrative assistants, office managers and receptionists.
Job growth in the restaurant industry has been accelerating. In June, the National Restaurant Association announced that the outlook of restaurant job growth is at a two-year high. Restaurant job growth hit a 17-year high in 2012, meanwhile, while other industries struggled through the recession and lack of jobs.