Bilingual Spanish Speaking Jobs Decline in April

Hiring demand for Spanish speaking jobs continues to be one of our more popular blog topics. Since we last highlighted bilingual Spanish hiring trends about 9 months ago, we thought it was time to revisit demand for this skill set. In June 2012, we found that hiring for Spanish speaking candidates was on the rise, increasing 33% year-over-year when compared to June 2011. After that, demand continued to rise until it dipped in October, likely an annual 4th quarter decline. Hiring for jobs that require Spanish language skills in 2013 started ahead of 2012. But, in April demand fell 11% lower than the same time last year. One reason demand in April 2013 fell is because there was a surge in demand for Registered Nurses that speak Spanish at this time last year, highlighted in light blue below. Demand for this occupation in April 2013 declined 61% since last April.

Hiring Demand for the Most Commonly Advertised Occupations for Bilingual Spanish Speaking Skills

Hiring Demand for the Most Commonly Advertised Occupations for Bilingual Spanish Speaking Skills
SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

Customer Service Representatives most commonly require bilingual Spanish speaking skills, up 4% from last year. The retail professions listed below also experienced an increase in the number of jobs being advertised, each increasing more than 30% since 2012. Healthcare and social assistance positions make up a larger percentage of the below list than they had in the past. Tellers aren't as in demand as they were previously, declining 18%. In June 2012, Tellers were the second most advertised occupation and in April it descended to ninth on our list.

Most Commonly Advertised Occupations that Require Bilingual Spanish Speaking Skills

  1. Customer Service Representatives
  2. Retail Salespersons
  3. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  4. Registered Nurses
  5. Insurance Sales Agent
  6. Social and Human Service Assistants
  7. Medical Secretaries
  8. Medical Assistants
  9. Tellers
  10. First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
New York and Los Angeles continue to have the greatest number of jobs posted online. Miami, Chicago, and Houston round out the 5 locations with the most demand. Of these locations, Miami (FL) experienced the highest growth in the past year, rising 11%. The heat map below shows the metro areas with the densest volume of job ads in dark blue.

Job Ad Volume Heat Map for Bilingual Spanish Speaking Skills

Job Ad Volume Heat Map for Bilingual Spanish Speaking Skills
SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

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