The U.S. labor market has about 2.5 million more people working part-time and about 2.2 million fewer people working full-time compared to 2007.
The February jobs report released last week found there are 6.6 million “involuntary part-time workers,” meaning they would have preferred full-time employment, but were working part-time because their hours had been scaled back or because they were unable to find full-time employment.
This number has held steady over the past three months, but is down from February 2014, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were 7.2 million involuntary part-time workers.
The U.S. labor market now has about 2.5 million more people working part-time and about 2.2 million fewer people working full-time compared to 2007, according to data reported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Is Dolly Parton’s classic anthem “9-5” becoming obsolete?”
CareerCast recently released its rankings of the 10 best part-time and temporary jobs for 2015. Represented are the three basic types of part-time employment: jobs that offer fewer than 35 hours a week, consulting work, and seasonal demand jobs, such as accountants during tax time or delivery truck drivers and material movers during the winter holidays.
Median hourly wage: $37.79
Hiring outlook: 19 percent
Median hourly wage: $35.71
Hiring outlook: 8 percent
Network and Computer Administrator
Median hourly wage: $34.88
Hiring outlook: 12 percent
Median hourly wage: $30.55
Hiring outlook: 13 percent
Market Research Analyst
Median hourly wage: $28.99
Hiring outlook: 32 percent
Median hourly wage: $26.89
Hiring outlook: 3 percent
Median hourly wage: $21.22
Hiring outlook: 7 percent
Median hourly wage: $15.93
Hiring outlook: 3 percent
Delivery Truck Driver
Median hourly wage: $13.23
Hiring outlook: 5 percent
Median hourly wage: $11.04
Hiring outlook: 10 percent
The list is further indication of the ascendency of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) jobs. These fields dominate CareerCast’s rankings of the most lucrative part-time positions as they did the U.S. News and World Report’s recent list of America’s 100 best jobs.
STEM professions are forecast to expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations by 2018, according to the Department of Commerce. Six-in-ten of Millionaire investors surveyed last December by Spectrem Group’s Millionaire Corner indicates that they would most likely invest in the technology sector this year.
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Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.