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New research uncovers the top industries in the U.S. — and the most popular Energy jobs. 

LiveCareer has carefully examined its extensive resume database and found the four most in-demand job fields in America, and the most in-demand job titles in the Energy industry.

The findings suggest that competition for new jobs is especially high right now—and that candidates looking for work need to set themselves apart to get hired. How do you do that? Start with a resume that pinpoints your job-specific skills, not just broad, all-around abilities that any candidate can claim. 

The 4 top career categories nationwide  

During the first half of 2014, LiveCareer surveyed resumes from 50 different industries. Their research found that four of those industries accounted for about two-thirds (66%) of all resumes created by their subscriber base.

Customer Service/Retail was by far the most popular industry with 28.5% of all resumes. This category includes Customer Service Representatives, Sales Associates, Cashiers, and more.

The next most favored field was Healthcare/Nursing with over 17.7% of resumes surveyed, including candidates seeking employment as Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides.

More than 10.2% of applicants created resumes that targeted the Restaurant and Food Service industry. Popular jobs in this category include Waiters, Bartenders, Servers and Fast Food Workers.

Another 10.1% of job-seekers in the survey built Office Management/Admin resumes for jobs such as Office Manager, Administrative Assistant, and Receptionist.

The 4 most sought-after jobs in the Energy industry 

LiveCareer’s research has also determined the most popular energy jobs among consumers in their database.

Over the past 6 months, Electrical Engineering candidates have created the most resumes, followed by Petroleum Engineering, Energy and Utility Engineering, and Environmental Science candidates. While the energy sector doesn’t account for as many resumes as the industries listed above, the findings still suggest that competition for these coveted and specialized energy jobs is strong—and that a highly-targeted resume and cover letter remain essential tools in the job search for energy professionals.

LiveCareer: A highly targeted resume and cover letter can make all the difference

A recent poll conducted by Right Management and reported in the Wall Street Journal found that over 80% of all employees in North America plan to actively look for work in 2014. For anyone in the job market, that’s a lot of competition—and savvy job-hunters will be looking for any edge they can get.

LiveCareer advises job-seekers to have a professional resume and cover letter that will help them stand out from the crowd. According to Laura Keresty, Director of Resume Writing at LiveCareer, it’s crucial that your resume and cover letter are highly targeted, and focused squarely on the job that you want. “Personalization is everything when it comes to resume writing,” Keresty says, “Every word should target not just the job and the industry, but the specific employer as well.”