This Week’s Hiring Trends: Education, Nonprofit and Government

Updated 8/5/2020

In the past week, we have seen trend updates in the Teaching & Instruction employment sectors. According to the most recent Emsi data in Illinois, the top companies posting jobs are Teach For America, VIPKID, and Ef Education First, Inc. The top three posted occupations are Postsecondary Teachers, Preschool Teachers, and Tutors/Instructors. The top three posted job titles are English Teachers, Early Childhood Special Education Teachers, and Tutors. If any of these types of occupations are of interest to you, consider using these as keywords to narrow down your job or internship search. The top three industries that are hiring according to Emsi are Administrative & Support, Educational Services, and Healthcare & Social Assistance. There are currently 1,267 K-12 Education jobs posted on Handshake alone!

Check out these active opportunities on Handshake: 

If you’re looking for a career in teaching and instruction, consider seeking opportunities that can broaden your hard skills to make you a competitive candidate. According to Emsi data, the top three hard skills for this industry are special education, preschool education, and language arts. Additional hard schools that appear frequently in job postings include lesson planning, online teaching, and curriculum development. Additionally, the top soft skills are teaching, mentorship communications, and leadership. If you want to learn how to highlight these types of skills on your resume or cover letter, make a career advising appointment today! 

Key Takeaways

  • The top hard skills for a career in education are communications, investigation, and detail oriented.
  • There are currently 1,267 K-12 Education jobs posted on Handshake!
  • The top three posted occupations within teaching and instruction industry in Illinois are Postsecondary Teachers, Preschool Teachers, and Tutors/Instructors.

Updated 7/24/2020

In the past week, we have seen trend updates in the Law Enforcement & Public Policy employment sectors. According to the most recent Emsi data in Illinois, the top companies posting jobs are Federal Bureau of Investigation, State of Illinois, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The top three posted occupations are Compliance Officers, Detectives and Criminal Investigators, and Private Detectives.The top three posted job titles are Special Agents, Regulatory Analysts, and Regulatory Specialists. If any of these types of occupations are of interest to you, consider using these as keywords to narrow down your job or internship search. The top two industries that are hiring according to Emsi are Public Administration and Manufacturing. There are currently 122 Legal & Law Enforcement jobs posted on Handshake alone.

Check out these active opportunities on Handshake: 

If you’re looking for a career in Law Enforcement, consider seeking opportunities that can broaden your hard skills to make you a competitive candidate. According to Emsi data, the top three hard skills for this industry are auditing, law enforcement, and Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI Clearance). Additionally, the top three soft skills are communications, investigation, and detail oriented. If you want to learn how to highlight these types of skills on your resume or cover letter, make a career advising appointment today! 

Key Takeaways

  • The top soft skills for a career in law enforcement are communications, investigation, and detail oriented.
  • There are currently 122 active Legal & Law Enforcement job postings on Handshake! 

Updated 7/17/2020

In the past week, we have seen trend updates in the Nonprofit & Fundraising employment sectors. According to the most recent EMSI data in Illinois, the top posted titles include Development Officers,Executive Directors, and Grants Managers. If any of these types of occupations are of interest to you, consider using these as keywords to narrow down your job or internship search. The top two industries that are hiring are Educational Services, Information, Health Care and Social Assistance. 

Of the postings reported on through Emsi, 100% require a bachelor’s degree, 28% require a master’s degree, and 1% require a Ph.D. or a professional degree. This information may be beneficial if you are considering grad school and/or a career in this field.

On Handshake starting 30 days ago, nonprofit is the second highest industry in terms of active job postings. There are 322 new jobs and 245 internships posted on Handshake alone.

Check out these active opportunities on Handshake: 

If you’re looking for a career in nonprofit and fundraising, consider emphasizing your soft skills to make you a competitive candidate. According to Emsi data, the top soft skills for these industries are communications, leadership, and management. If you want to learn how to highlight these types of skills on your resume or cover letter, make a career advising appointment today! 

Key Takeaways

  • The top soft skills for a career in fundraising are communications, leadership, and management
  • There are currently 567 active nonprofit job/internship postings on Handshake! 

Updated 7/2/2020

In the past week, we have seen updates regarding roles in the Museum & Cultural Institution sectors. According to the most recent EMSI data, in Illinois the top posted occupations include Librarians, Curators, Museum Technicians & Conservators, and Archivists. Additionally, some of the top posted job titles are College Facultys, Program Directors, and Technician Supervisors. If any of these occupations or titles are of interest to you, consider using these as keywords to narrow down your job or internship search. The top five industries that are hiring are Educational Services, Information, and Public Administration. 

Of the postings reported on through Emsi, 100% require a bachelor’s degree, 45% require a master’s degree, and 5% require a Ph.D. or a professional degree. This information may be beneficial if you are considering grad school and/or a career in this field.

On Handshake starting 30 days ago, nonprofit is the third highest industry in terms of active job postings. There are 273 new jobs and 239 internships posted on Handshake alone.

Check out these active opportunities on Handshake: 

If you’re looking for a career in Museums and Cultural Institutions, consider building your hard skills to make you a competitive candidate. According to Emsi data, the top hard skills for these industries are Collections, Library Science, and Cataloguing.If you are looking to build or already have these skills and want to learn how to highlight them on your resume or cover letter, make a career advising appointment today! 

Key Takeaways

  • The top hard skills for a career in Museums and Cultural Institutions are Collections, Library Science, and Cataloguing.
  • Employers within Museums and Cultural Institutions are looking for candidates to have hard skills in Collections, Library Science, and Cataloguing.
  • There are currently 512 active nonprofit job/internship postings on Handshake!

Updated 6/24/2020

In this past week, we have seen a few updates regarding the government and public policy job sectors. According to recent EMSI data, in Illinois the top posted occupations are

Compliance Officers, Urban and Regional Planners, Labor Relations Specialists, and Economists. Additionally, the top posted job titles are Actuarial Analysts, Regulatory Analysts, and Regulatory Specialists. If you are searching for a job or internship in these fields, try using those position titles/keywords to narrow your search. The top five industries that are hiring for these types of roles are Finance and Insurance, Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services, Manufacturing, Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services, and Public Administration.

On Handshake, Government – Local, State & Federal industry is in the top three for new jobs YTD. There are 2,089 new jobs posted on Handshake, which is a 38% increase from 2019. 

Check out these active postings on Handshake:

If you’re looking into a career in Government & Public Policy, it may be helpful to know the types of hard skills they might be looking for. The top three hard skills in the aforementioned types of occupations from EMSI have been Auditing, Statistics, and Underwriting. If you’re not sure how to convey those skills in a resume, cover letter, or interview, chat with one of our career advisors for guidance! 

Key Takeaways

  • Looking for a teaching job? Check out these organizations currently hiring: U.S. District Court, U.S. Government Accountability Office, and Inter-American Foundation
  • Employers in Teaching & Instruction are looking for these three hard skills: Auditing, Statistics, and Underwriting
  • There are currently 2,089 new job postings on Handshake alone!

 


Updated: 6/12/2020

Teaching & Instruction

In this past week, we have seen a few updates regarding the teaching and instruction job sectors. According to recent EMSI data, in Illinois the top posted occupations are Postsecondary Teachers and Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education. Additional top posted job titles are English Teachers, Tutors, Early Childhood Special Education Teachers, and Adjunct Faculty. If you are searching for a job or internship in these fields, try using those position titles/keywords to narrow your search. Additionally, the top three industries that are hiring for these types of roles are Administrative & Support and Waste Management & Remediation Services, Educational Services and Healthcare/Social Assistance. 

Handshake shows the top industry with active jobs as:

  • K-12 Education with 1481 jobs.
  • Basis Charter Schools, Distinctive Schools, and Urbana School District all have active job postings.

Check out these active postings on Handshake:


If you’re looking into a career in
Teaching & Instruction, it may be helpful to know the types of hard skills they might be looking for. The top three hard skills in the aforementioned types of postings from EMSI have been Special Education, Preschool Education, and Language Arts.

If you’re not sure how to convey those skills in a resume, cover letter, or interview, chat with one of our career advisors for guidance! 

Key Takeaways


  • Looking for a teaching job? Check out these organizations currently hiring: Basis Charter Schools, Distinctive Schools, and Urbana School District
  • Employers in Teaching & Instruction are looking for these three hard skills: Special Education, Preschool Education, and Language Arts
  • There are currently 1481 job postings for K-12 Education on Handshake alone!

 

This Week’s Hiring Trends: Media, Communication, Arts & Entertainment

Updated 7/2/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Media, Communication, Arts, and Entertainment career community. This week, we’re focusing on trends in Advertising & Public Relations.  

This week’s Key Take-aways

  • Public Relations, Digital Marketing, & Strategic Planning are the top hard skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up in job postings 15% of the time for Public Relations, 12% for digital marketing, and 12% for strategic planning.
  • Communications, Management, & Sales are the top soft skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up 64% of the time for communications, 39% for management, and 36% for sales
  • 21% of postings require 0-1 years of experience. 
  • Oracle, Abbvie, & MarketCrossing are the top companies posting. 

According to EMSI, the number of active job postings for Advertising & PR have declined by nearly 31% from June 2020. The decline in roles has been consistent for the last week.  Public Relations, Digital Marketing, & Strategic Planning are the top hard skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up in job postings 15% of the time for Public Relations, 12% for digital marketing, and 12% for strategic planning. Communications, Management, & Sales are the top soft skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up 64% of the time for communications, 39% for management, and 36% for sales. 21% of postings require 0-1 years of experience. Oracle, Abbvie, & Marketcrossing are the top companies posting.

The DePaul Career Center is here to help you reach your career goals. Check out our Summer 2020 Programming Calendar to get information on programs to help your job search during a pandemic, upskill, and more!  Meet with your Media, Arts, Communications, & Entertainment Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 

 


 

Updated 6/24/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Media, Communication, Arts, and Entertainment career community. This week, we’re focusing on trends in Journalism, Entertainment, & Production.

This week’s Key Takeaways

  • Journalism, Copywriting, & Adobe Photoshop are the top hard skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up in job postings 30% of  the time for Journalism, 28% for copywriting, and 14% for Adobe Photoshop.
  • Opportunities for Copywriters include 1,369 opportunities, 290 for videographers, and 167 for sales photographers. 
  • Communications, Writing, & Editing are the top soft skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up 61% of the time for communications, 38% for writing, and 32% for editing. 

According to EMSI, the number of active job postings for Journalism, Entertainment, & Production declined by nearly 31% from May 2019 to May 2020. While postings have declined,  It is encouraging to note that 33% of openings in Journalism, Entertainment, & Production only require 0-1 years of experience. Similarly, 18% of openings are listed as entry-level positions, with no experience listed. Journalism, Copywriting, & Adobe Photoshop are the top hard skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up in job postings 30% of  the time for Journalism, 28% for copywriting, and 14% for Adobe Photoshop. 

When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, remember the importance of completing your Handshake profile so employers can proactively reach out to you! Check out this article for tips on how to woo recruiters. We’ve  also recently launched a Career Community Linkedin Group to stay connected! We’d love to have you join!  Meet with your Media, Communication, Arts, and Entertainment Advisor to talk about career opportunities! 

 



Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the
Media, Communication, Arts, and Entertainment career community. This week, we’re focusing on trends in Advertising & Public Relations.

Key Takeaways:

  • Public Relations, Digital Marketing & Strategic Planning are the top hard skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up in job postings around 12-15% of the time.
  • Opportunities for Research Analysts (Life, Physical, and Social Science), Marketing Coordinators, and Marketing Managers lead the pack at 19,831 positions in the Chicagoland area.  
  • Employers, such as Vizion Group, Welcome Wagon, and Tribune Media Company are proactively connecting with DePaul students on Handshake. Make an appointment with your Media, Communication, Arts, and Entertainment Advisor or Ambassador today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers! 
  • Nexxt, Illinois.gov,, Employmentcrossing, and Learn4good are reported by Emsi to be the top posting sources.

According to EMSI, across the domains of Advertising & Public Relations, the number of active job postings declined by nearly 31% from May 2019 to May 2020. While postings have declined,  It is encouraging to note that 21% of openings in Advertising & PR only require 0-1 years of experience, which is great news for 2020 grads. Similarly, 20% of openings are listed as entry-level positions, with no experience listed. Public Relations, Digital Marketing & Strategic Planning are the top hard skills to showcase in your resume with the frequency of these skills showing up in job postings around 12-15%. 

  • When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, remember the importance of completing your Handshake profile so employers can proactively reach out to you!
  • On Handshake there are nearly 1,500 employers in the Advertising, PR, and Marketing Industry. These are a part of the over 900 employers with active postings who are looking to hire DePaul students right now!
  • Meet with your Media, Communication, Arts, and Entertainment Advisor or Ambassador to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 

This Week’s Hiring Trends: Technology & Design

Updated 7/2/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Technology & Design career community. This week’s trends will focus on Software & Web Development. 

 This week’s Key Take-aways

    • Software & Web Development opportunities have dipped 22% compared to June 2019. We’ve seen a consistent decline in unique postings over the last week compared to last year. 
    • Java, Software Engineering, & SQL are the top hard skills shown in postings with these skills appearing 38% of the time in postings for Java & Software Engineering and 33% for SQL
    • Communications, Problem Solving, and Leadership are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 38% of the time, Problem Solving showing up 22% of the time, and leadership showing up 19% of the time in postings.
    • Software Engineers, Java Developers, Front-End Developers are the top positions posted. 
    • Make an appointment with your Technology & Design Career Advisor today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers!

 

 

Software & Web Development opportunities have dipped 22% compared to June 2019. We’ve seen a consistent decline in unique postings over the last week compared to last year. Java, Software Engineering, & SQL are the top hard skills shown in postings with these skills appearing 38% of the time in postings for Java & Software Engineering and 33% for SQL. Communications, Problem Solving, and Leadership are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 38% of the time, Problem Solving showing up 22% of the time, and leadership showing up 19% of the time in postings.

The DePaul Career Center is here to help you reach your career goals. Check out our Summer 2020 Programming Calendar to get information on programs to help your job search during a pandemic, upskill, and more!  Meet with your Technology & Design Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 


Updated 6/24/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Technology & Design career community. This week’s trends will focus on Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design. 

 Main Takeaways

  • Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design opportunities have dipped 26% compared to May 2019, however, the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases.
  • Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, & Adobe Illustrator are the top hard skills shown in postings with these skills appearing 58% of the time in postings for Graphic Design, 53% for adobe photoshop, and 49% for Adobe Illustrator. 
  • Communications, Presentations, and Detail Oriented are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 56% of the time, presentations showing up 41% of the time, and detail orientation showing up 31% of the time in postings. 
  • Graphic Designers (Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media),  Visual Designers, & Designers have the most opportunities with 4,246 total open positions in the Chicagoland area.  
  • Make an appointment with your Technology & Design Career Advisor today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers!

Opportunities in Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design have dipped by 26% from May 2019- June 2020, however the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases. Opportunities for Graphic Designers (Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media) are at 3,341; Visual Designers are 392, and designers are 513 for a total of 4,246 total open positions in the Chicagoland area. 27% of openings in Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design require 0-1 years of experience. Communications, Presentations, and Detail Oriented are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 56% of the time, presentations showing up 41% of the time, and detail orientation showing up 31% of the time in postings. 

When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, remember the importance of completing your Handshake profile so employers can proactively reach out to you!. Check out this article on ways to woo a recruiter. Meet with your Technology & Design Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 


Updated: 6/12/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Technology & Design career community. This week’s trends will focus on Database Administration & Network Support.

Main Takeaways

  • Database Administration & Network Support opportunities have dipped 11.4% compared to May 2019, however, the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases. For example, on May 31, 2020  trends show a 0.3% decrease in postings compared to May 31, 2019, however, on June 1, 2020 trends show a 5% increase in postings compared to June 1, 2019. 
  • Opportunities for Systems Administrators, Network Engineers, Database Administrators have the most opportunities with 16,741 total open positions in the Chicagoland area.  
  • Employers, such as Dell Technologies, Fast Enterprises LLC, and Cisco are examples of top employers who reached out to DePaul students on Handshake within the last month. Make an appointment with your Technology & Design Career Advisor today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers!

According to EMSI, across the domain of Database Administration & Network Support, the number of active job postings dipped slightly from May 2019 to May 2020, however the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases. Systems Administrator, Network Engineer, and Database Administrator roles lead the pack in the number of opportunities available. In sheer volume, the number of opportunities for System Administrators was 6,108 total positions in the Chicagoland area, followed by Network Engineers with 6,012 and Database Administrators with 4,621. It is also encouraging to note that 17% of openings in Database Administration & Network Support require 0-1 years of experience, which is great news for 2020 grads.

When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, remember the importance of completing your Handshake profile so employers can proactively reach out to you!

  • Dell Technologies, Fast Enterprises LLC, and Cisco are examples of top employers who reached out to DePaul students on Handshake within the last month.
  • Additionally, there are over 900 employers with active postings who are looking to hire DePaul students right now!
  • Meet with your Technology & Design Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 

 

Health Care & Science Industry Trends

Clinical Professions


Health Administration & Management
Hospital hiring + staffing challenges

  • Many hospitals are in COVID-19/crisis hiring and staffing mode, primarily hiring for clinical roles. The need for experienced health care professionals is high, which is not surprising during a global medical emergency. Many hospitals are also temporarily pausing their university recruiting. At least some hospitals (e.g., Lurie Children’s) are pausing acceptance and on-boarding of new volunteers.
  • Current sample entry-level hospital openings in Chicago area:
  • Many medical/health care schools are trying to graduate students early (and many states are calling for retired health professionals to return or to travel to the hardest hit areas, like New York). Some states are expanding reciprocity of licensing (for doctors and nurses) across state lines. 
  • Some states (e.g., NY and NJ) are temporarily easing restrictions on foreign medical graduates
    • NY: Allowed to practice if have 1+ year of US graduate medical education
    • NJ: Granting temporary licenses to doctors licensed in foreign countries
    • Potentially large impact if restrictions are eased permanently/across more states

Graduate programs + testing + licensing challenges

  • Impacts to standardized testing
    • E.g., MCAT exams cancelled through May 21
  • Graduate application cycles still opening for professional health programs—impact to full admissions processes (e.g., interviewing) is still unclear
  • Flexibility and changes to clinical hour requirements—including flexibility in hour requirements, what experiences count toward clinical hours, etc. (often on state-by-state basis by state licensing boards)
  • Licensing exams—changing in exam schedules, procedures, etc. (e.g., for NCLEX)


Research & Development, Biotech and Medical Technology
Opportunity + great need for scientific and medical innovation

  • This is a big moment for R&D for COVID-19 testing, vaccines, health communication and prevention, and it will continue to be for some time (next 1-3 years?).
  • Healthcare tech companies are on the forefront. 
  • MATTER + 1871 + mHUB—leading research/tech collaboration with Chicago startups 

 

Health Promotion and Wellness


Research & Development, Biotech and Medical Technology
Delivery of health and wellness services

  • Telehealth, telemedicine (primary care),and teletherapy are all becoming much more common. This could help in expanding access to health care in rural areas, expanding preventive medicine, and better informing patients even after COVID-19.  
    • Veeva Health is pushing to provide more digital access to healthcare: stocks, Twitter followers, and job postings all up significantly in 2020. 
    • Teladoc is also increasing digital access to healthcare.
  • Digital delivery of wellness and fitness services is exponentially expanding due to closure of gyms and other fitness locations. This could remain high after COVID-19 to expand fitness programs access to areas without fitness centers (especially “boutique” classes).For example:

  

Public Health & Health Policy


Environmental Science, Energy and Natural Resources
Additional HCS hiring trends

  • Pharmacies are hiring rapidly:
  • University scientific research: 
    • The future is uncertain with hiring freezes, research budgets in limbo, federal funding uncertain, and virtual research challenges.  
    • Universities are still innovating, especially in response to COVID-19.
  • Government scientific research—impacts on budgeting? Priorities? 
  • Trends to watch: environmental & resource trends (air quality, water quality, emissions, transportation, natural resources, consumer patterns, etc.). Stay tuned!