LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The new year could bring a new job, maybe a whole new career. Many companies in Las Vegas are hiring. As 13 Action News anchor Tricia Kean reports, there's potential to earn a hefty paycheck.
Jonathan Miranda was laid off from his hospitality job back in April.
"It was a direct result of COVID," says Jonathan.
COMPANIES ARE HIRING
He admits he was concerned about his chances of landing a new job with decent pay.
"I did go to college. But I didn't finish to get a degree," says Jonathan.
The good news is, many companies are hiring during the pandemic. Even better news, a recent study by business insurance resource, AdvisorSmith, finds many essential jobs don't require a college degree.
WHAT YOU BRING TO THE TABLE
"It's not necessarily a degree or a piece of paper, it's about what you bring to the table as an asset of that company," says Damian Garcia with Robert Half staffing and recruitment agency.
A survey by Robert Half finds Las Vegas starting salaries are up 2%. Construction is one of the hottest industries.
CONSTRUCTION IS HOT
"That industry from really the start of COVID, what we've seen from a request from our clients for all roles both manager and non-manager, hasn't really decreased all too much," says Garcia.
Robert Half reports the median salary for construction managers with little to no experience is more than $95,000. An elevator escalator install or repair position can pay nearly $85,000. And Electrical Repair positions pay more than $82,000.
E-commerce is another hot field. Customer service can earn more than $43,000. A call center manager, more than $48,000.
"It could be an entry-level type role. Taking calls maybe in a call center environment. But quickly showing their talent, quickly showing how dependable, reliable and having a great attitude, and they're promoting quickly," says Garcia.
Other industries offering great pay: Accounting and Finance, where an internal auditor manager can earn $100,000. And a tax accountant can earn more than $60,000.
In Healthcare, a medical coding manager can earn $60,000. A member services or enrollment position can earn more than $50,000.
Robert Half says a lot of job seekers are finding these positions after leaving other industries behind.
"Reinvent yourself. I think it's a cliché type term. But our rules have changed, including our careers... There's other opportunities out there you just gotta be open to it," says Garcia.
That's what Jonathan did and says he's excited about his future. He wants other job seekers to know, they can do the same.
"Everything that anybody has ever done can be transformed into whatever position they're applying for. You just need to know how to word it and be confident that you have that knowledge," says Jonathan.
Robert Half says it's also important to be open to temp or part-time positions. They've seen quite a few positions filled recently that ended up leading to something full-time. So you never know where a job can lead if you prove yourself.