The Hollywood Effect and Other Recent Job Trends

Job searches for “stockbroker” increased 80% after Wolf of Wall Street premiere

In these first days of spring, we took a look back at some of the past season’s job search trends. While this winter was characterized by consistently cold temperatures, we identified a few other patterns in the way people searched for jobs during those chilly months.

The Hollywood Effect
Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in The Wolf of Wall Street didn’t just earn him an Oscar nomination, it had job seekers interested in his character’s lucrative career. In both the US and the UK, job searches for “stockbroker” soared around the release dates (see chart above). These searches increased by 80% in the US and 44% in the UK.

Coffee is hot
As record levels of snow and ice covered the country (and put a freeze on some hiring), demand for baristas increased in several major cities. Job postings for “barista” are up in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC.

Tax season is upon us
With April 15th fast approaching, accountants are in high demand as organizations look for help filing their returns. Specifically, the number of job postings for tax professionals has increased in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Healthcare jobs are on the rise
The March 31st deadline to sign up on the healthcare exchange is right around the corner, keeping healthcare on the minds of many Americans. For the job market, health remains a top concern as well. The healthcare industry continues to be among the top job creators, with hospital jobs currently ranking as the most popular jobs in several cities including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC. The most popular roles in these cities are pharmacy technician, registered nurse, and nurse clinicians. In addition to typical healthcare roles, hospitals are also hiring for a range of positions including data analysts, webmasters, account administrators, and financial counselors.

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