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Report » Demand is plummeting for professions that are being phased out by technology.

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Like retail and tourism, construction work also can be vulnerable to economic ups and downs, and the field was hit hard by what has become known as the Great Recession. But home building and commercial projects are bouncing back now around the state, as housing starts are swinging upward in areas that even a few years ago saw large numbers of foreclosures.

Data show some Utah construction jobs are especially hot right now, particularly specialty trades such as bricklayers, carpenters and iron workers.

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Utah Employment Resources

» http://utahfutures.org

A centerpiece of Utah’s “workforce alignment” efforts, this site embodies a decadelong effort by state labor experts, economic-development officials, higher education and the private sector to harmonize efforts to create high-skilled, well-paying jobs in the state and train people to fill them.

Use the site to create a résumé, search jobs, find your occupation matches, learn about job options and find training and education in Utah — all with the latest state-specific information.

» http://jobs.utah.gov

Operated by the state Department of Workforce Services, this is a similarly powerful site for finding jobs across Utah and assessing the viability of future careers.

It has in-depth and useful tools for job seekers at all levels, employers, lets you look through extensive data offerings on wages and income, and provides links for applying for a range of temporary assistance, including unemployment benefits and food stamps.

Other top job sites

http://careerbuilder.com » With an especially large database of job listings, this site also makes good use of standard features, such as resume posting, job alerts, advice articles and schedules for job fairs.

http://monster.com » Among the oldest job search engines on the Web, this page still adds punch to your quest, although some claim it hasn’t kept up with newcomers that offer more sophisticated search filtering options.

http://indeed.com » Easy to use, has cool functions letting you search across other job sites and set up job alerts via email by location, keyword and salary.

http://USA.gov » This grandmother of US government jobs sites is especially rich in openings for teachers.

http://dice.com » A search engine just for tech jobs, including some rarified niches in technology you don’t see on other sites.

http://linkedin.com » Though known primarily as a professional networking site, it also has impressive job-finding functions and webinar training events tailored to your occupation for building skills.

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"When construction is good, it’s really good," said Mayne. "But when it’s bad, it can be really tight and hard to find a job."

A more extreme example of cyclical hiring is underway in Utah’s Uintah Basin, where oil and gas production is seeing a hiring surge. Across Eastern Utah, number of jobs for oil field maintenance workers — known in the industry as roustabouts — as well as derrick, rotary drill and service unit operators, are all expected to grow rapidly through 2020.

If you’re focused on solid job potential long term, all indications are that the future is centered on technology, especially as Utah’s own silicon corridor of high-tech employers fills out in southern Salt Lake County and northern Utah County.

Zeroing in on the Salt Lake City region, jobs in the computer and mathematical sectors are a great employment prospect. As a whole, positions for software developers, programmers, network and systems administrators, and information security analysts are all growing well above the state average. Those jobs pay well, too, with virtually all of them well above $30 an hour.

The same careers are expanding in Utah County. But notably, business and financial-operations jobs also are on the rise in the Provo-Orem area, especially positions for cost estimates, market-research analysts, training and development specialists and event planners.


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