- The coronavirus pandemic has forced restaurants, stores, theaters and other businesses across the country to shut down, and a quarter of American workers have filed for unemployment benefits.
- Yet the public health crisis has also created some new jobs.
- Here are eight positions that are likely to only grow in popularity.
As the coronavirus has forced businesses, restaurants, stores and theaters across the country to shut down, a quarter of American workers have filed for unemployment benefits.
At the same time, the public health crisis has created some new jobs.
As companies weigh how to reopen and bring staff back in a safe way, temperature screeners and Covid-19 testers will be needed. With parties and conferences unfolding over screens, video platform support specialists could find it easy to get hired.
″[W]e have a public health disaster that’s created a wide range of roles needed to contain the disease and increase the confidence of American consumers,” said Julia Pollak, a labor economist at ZipRecruiter, a job marketplace.
According to a list compiled for CNBC by Pollak, here are eight positions that are likely to only increase in popularity.
1. Covid-19 testers
These workers will conduct swab tests at hospitals, nursing homes, factories and offices.
The positions will likely be filled by registered nurses and nursing assistants. The pay can be as high as $45 an hour. “These opportunities are open to many people who are willing to invest in the skills training,” Pollak said.
“And this will still be a growing job for quite a while as factories and companies reopen.”
2. Covid-19 caregivers
There’s a surge in demand for caregivers to tend to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who’ve contracted Covid-19. Of course, people will want to consider the risks to their own health from such work.
Wages typically go up to $25 an hour and may require training and certification.
3. Contact tracers
Contact tracers call people who might have contracted the virus to provide tips and try to arrange testing.
The work can typically be done from home, part-time or full-time, and pays up to $25 an hour.
4. Temperature screeners
Hourly pay can be up to $25.
5. Bylaw enforcement officer
Cities and towns are hiring officers, and people to assist officers, to follow up on complaints about people violating social distancing and other Covid-19-related policies, Pollak said.
The work can pay up to $30 an hour.