Jobs That Are Now In Demand Or Created Because Of COVID-19

An unprecedented number of jobs have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, far exceeding the number recorded during the Great Recession of 2007-2009. While there is a staggering increase in unemployment, the global health crisis has also created new jobs or has increased the demand for existing ones, out of necessity. Here are some that have been born out of COVID-19 and some that have boomed out of COVID-19.

1. Contact tracers

Although there were contact tracers before, the contact tracers today are different from the contact tracers before. There’s inherently a lot more responsibility for contact tracers today. Contact tracers call and identify people who might have gotten the virus. They narrow this down based on contact with the virus or being in known virus hotspots and when they’ve been identified, the contact tracers arrange testing or quarantine. The job can be done from home, part-time or full-time. In the United States, the salary for a contact tracer averages at $20.20 per hour.

2. Zoom Support Specialists

The demand for video platform technical support has risen as Zoom has become a necessity for teachers to teach in virtual classrooms, for doctors to hold consultations or examinations virtually, for business meetings to be done virtually, and more. Hourly pay can be as high as $25.

3. Nurse

As frontliners, nurses have critical roles and responsibilities in health crises. They assess patients’ health conditions, administer medicine prescribed by the doctor, and assist doctors in treating patients. As such, they directly care for patients who have contracted COVID-19. Technically, nurses have always been in demand but the current crisis has increased this demand even further to the point that nurses are currently overworked. In the United States, the average hourly salary for a Registered Nurse is $35.36 while the national average hourly salary is $24.34.

4. Sanitizers

Sanitizers disinfect workplaces, malls, and any public or private places. They clean and sanitize these areas in accordance with sanitization recommendations from CDC and WHO. The routine includes procedures such as cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces a minimum of once a day. They used to be more specialized and only called in for extreme cases but considering how contagious the new Coronavirus is, these workers are now in high demand.

5. Temperature Screeners

This is a new job created in response to the pandemic. Temperature screeners not only take people’s temperatures but also ask them COVID-19 screening questions, all in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. These employees can be deployed in airports, factories, restaurants, schools, malls, and other business facilities. Sometimes, these jobs are instead given to existing workers such as security guards and receptionists.

6. COVID-19 Testers

These specific testers perform all sorts of COVID-19 swab tests usually in testing centers and hospitals. These positions are usually filled by existing hospital staff like registered nurses or nursing assistants. Despite having medical training, nurses are also required to train and have specialized experience for performing swab tests. Despite this, these opportunities are open for those who are willing to train for the skills. Since exposure to COVID-19 is highly possible, wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required.

7. Online teachers and tutors

Due to the coronavirus, there are millions of students being forced to study online. Although the traditional teaching job has moved to a virtual classroom setting, there is some demand for purely online tutors as a lot of students are having a hard time adjusting to the online setting. Most of these openings are private tutorials and the agreed salary can range widely, according to the agreement.

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