For the most part, the coronavirus has been devastating to the economy and the job market. At the peak of the first emergence of the virus, more than 14 million Americans had filed for unemployment benefits. In June, the United States added 4.8 million jobs and dropped its unemployment rate to 11.1 percent, but of the 22 million jobs that were lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, only one-third have come back. Researchers have predicted that about 40 percent of lost jobs will not be returning.
While the coronavirus has taken many jobs away, it has also added some new positions. Here are a few jobs that the pandemic created—some temporary, but some which could be long-term opportunities:
- Temperature screeners. Many businesses have adopted mandatory daily temperature screenings for their personnel as a requirement for returning to the workplace. Temperature screenings could become mandatory at restaurants, sporting venues, movie theaters, airports, schools, and beyond. Some companies will seek to automate this process immediately, but others are relying on manual temperature screenings, creating new roles in the process.
- Contact tracers. Governments and health departments are paying very close attention to who tests positive for COVID-19 and where they go while contagious. “Contact tracing” is the process of identifying people who may have been exposed to the virus via a positive case, be it a family member or patrons at a restaurant that the patient recently visited. A contact tracer is responsible for tracking down and contacting individuals who may have been exposed and providing advice that these potentially-infected people can follow to minimize future spread. These crucial jobs can largely be done remotely and through phone calls.
- Video conferencing specialists. Arguably no business has gotten a bigger boost from COVID-19 than Zoom, the American videoconferencing software company that has become a near-universal tool during the pandemic. Businesses have come to rely on Zoom for meetings and team collaboration sessions; schools have used it to allow for distance learning; and people everywhere have leaned on it to keep in touch with friends or family members. Not only has this growth led to new jobs inside the Zoom corporate structure (particularly in the customer support department), but it could also bring about the creation of a brand-new IT position: video conferencing specialist. All types of organizations will need to be able to facilitate video chats effectively, whether that means setting up a Zoom videoconferencing system in the office boardroom or remotely troubleshooting problems.
These jobs aren’t the only new ones to come along during COVID-19. There is more demand for medical professionals than there was before the pandemic, from doctors and nurses to people whose jobs revolve exclusively around COVID-19 testing or caregiving for patients recovering from the novel coronavirus.
Interior design companies could also be on a hiring spree as businesses seek assistance to revamp their office spaces for a socially-distant era. At the same time, many manufacturers have pivoted from what they were making pre-pandemic to crafting products that are highly in-demand due to COVID-19, from face masks to Plexiglas shields for point-of-sale terminals at retail stores.
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