Looking for a job during a pandemic- What jobs are currently in demand?

Many people have lost their jobs since the pandemic hit in March. Unemployment rates rose higher than 10% back in the spring. The economy is now in a better position as some businesses have opened back up, but we are a long way from being out of the woods. Many people are still out of work and looking for their next opportunity.

A narrower band of jobs are now specifically in demand due to the pandemic. If you have specific skill sets this may be a time to consider a job change. Many of these newly in demand jobs focus on the retail and healthcare industries. According to my research here are some current jobs that are widely in demand (along with their position description):

  1. Registered Nurses and Nursing Assistants

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

2. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of retail sales workers in an establishment or department. Duties may include management functions, such as purchasing, budgeting, accounting, and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.

3. Retail Salespersons

Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers. Many firms are creating virtual sales roles. Many purchases that use to be considered to be high touch buys are now going to be conducted virtually. People are doing more shopping on Amazon, Facebook market and eBay than every before. They are making larger purchases like cars without ever stepping on the lot.

4. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

Perform duties which combine preparing and serving food and nonalcoholic beverages.

5. Customer Service Representatives

Interact with customers to provide information in response to inquiries about products and services and to handle and resolve complaints.

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