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12 Fastest Growing Temp Jobs You Should Know

12 Fastest Growing Temp Jobs You Should Know

Temp jobs have been a part of business and the economy for decades.  In farming communities, laborers would work farms and be let go after the harvest. In the American old west, ranch hands would go from one spread to another looking for work. This style of transitory employment exists to this day

Employers use temporary workers to avoid the overhead of hiring full time employees. In the past, workers use temp jobs as a way to get needed experience. However, in today’s economy temp jobs are now more of a standard feature than in previous years. Instead of leading to permanent employment, they are now a regular part of organizations.

It’s important for job seekers to know what opportunities are available for these positions. Here are 12 of the fastest growing temp jobs for 2014. Numbers are provided by the United Stated Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Human Resources Specialists

Workers in this category typically recruit, interview and place workers in positions. One feature of the Human Resources field is that it is reflective of employment trends. When companies hire, they add Human Resource staff to do the hiring. As temp jobs become the norm, HR jobs also reflect why these are growing temp jobs.

  • People employed in this field in 2013 numbered 64,049
  • Jobs added 2013 – 2014 were 2, 407 a 4% growth
  • Median earnings per hour: $26.83

Customer Service Representatives

People in this field provide information on products and handle customer complaints. These fast-growing temp jobs are reflective of a company’s change in product development and procedures.

  • People employed in were  93, 041
  • Jobs added 2013 – 2014 were 2, 826  a 3% growth
  • Median earnings per hour: $14.70

Construction Laborers

Work in this field has always been subject to seasonal employment and fluctuations in housing and development of business space.

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  • People employed in numbered 75,183
  • Jobs added 2013 – 2014 were  2,269 a 3% growth
  • Median earnings per hour: $14.42

Administrative Assistants

Workers in this area do clerical and administrative duties and office support.

  • People employed in 2013 71,573
  • Jobs added 2013 – 2014 numbered 2,175 a 3% growth
  • Median earnings per hour: $15.58

Registered Nurses

Nurses provide patient care and support. One trend in this field, traveling nurses, has nurses out of the hospitals and medical offices, making this one of the fastest growing temp jobs.

  • People employed in 2013 were 58,000
  • Jobs added 2013 – 2014 totaled 1,767 a 3% growth
  • Median earnings per hour: $31.48

Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks

Workers complete financial reporting for businesses.

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  • People employed in 2013 totaled  30,257
  • Jobs added 2013 – 2014 numbered  931 a 3% growth
  • Median earnings per hour: $16.91

Maintenance and Repair Workers

Workers in this field repair and maintain mechanical and electrical equipment in a variety of areas.

  • People employed in 2013: 30,183
  • Jobs added from 2013 – 2014 numbered 923 a 3% growth
  • Median earnings per hour: $16.93

Inspectors, Testers and Sorters

Workers in these growing temp jobs review products for defects and problems.

  • People employed in 2013 were  28,178
  • Jobs added 2013 – 2014 totaled 873 resulting in 3% growth
  • Median earnings per hour: $16.57

Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Drivers are responsible for transporting goods over the road to different locations.

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  • People employed in this area in 2013 : 24,527
  • Jobs added 2013 – 2014 were 767 meaning a 3% growth
  • Median earnings per hour: $18.37

Machinists

These workers operate machinery to produce metal parts and instruments. They are often subject to contracts and agreements companies gain for specified work.

  • People employed in 2013: 23,182
  • Jobs added 2013 – 2014 were 722 with a 3% growth
  • Median earnings per hour: $18.99

Sales Representatives

These workers of course sell products and services to businesses and individuals.

  • People employed in 2013 were 22,984
  • Jobs added 2013 – 2014 were  684 with a 3% growth
  • Median earnings per hour: $24.45

Computer User Support Specialists

These workers give support with computer hardware and software needs.

  • People employed in 2013 were 17, 895
  • Jobs added 2013 – 2014 were 544 marking a  3% growth
  • Median earnings per hour: $22.32

Temporary jobs are available in virtually every industry. They work well if you are entry-level or re-entering after an absence. They can also benefit you if you are seeking to change careers. If temp work is right for you, check out one of these growing temp jobs you could do.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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