The Jobs that Hold Steady in the U.S. Despite the Coronavirus

There are employment opportunities in the U.S. despite the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus. While many kinds of jobs had been shunted aside by the loss of customers which in turn had bled businesses dry, the frenetic drive nationwide to stop the spread of the illness had led to a demand for certain occupations. Another impetus is to keep millions of people fed, housed, and healthy—emotionally as well as physically. These in-demand jobs range from highly specialized to ones that require very little experience from their applicants.  

Take a look at the most in-demand jobs below and see if your skills and experience qualify you for the post. Companies all over the U.S., especially in major cities like New York and San Francisco, are seeking to staff them. Global mobility managers can also check if departments in their companies require these kinds of talents as well.

Healthcare professionals

Doctors, nurses, clinicians, lab technicians, respiratory therapists, and other members of the medical team—there is a shortage of them in every hospital in the country that is fighting to increase the recovery rate while lowering the number of fatalities. That job category may not come as a surprise. However, following on their heels is the steadily increasing demand for psychologists and psychiatrists who can help a lot of people cope with the depression and anxiety they are wrestling with.

Staff for retail and delivery services

These are the frontliners who make sure our supermarkets and groceries are stocked with food, and who upon request can drive them to our doorstep. The categories can range from the entry-level, such as the cashier, to a managerial level, like the store supervisor or warehouse manager. 

The hours are long, and many people lining up for their supplies need to be taken care of. The job also requires extreme patience and a perpetual calm state of mind. On the plus side, many stores, especially those who had been able to stay open, are hiring these frontliners. They are also being joined by new smaller start-ups who have found a way to find more needed goods and ferry them to their eager customers.

CNBC also names another silver lining:  No experience or skill is needed for candidates applying for the post. What their potential employers are looking for is the willingness to work hard, go the extra mile even for angry customers, and be able to offer solutions should problems arise. In pandemics like this one, challenges crop up in almost every corner.

Data analysts and specialists

Business Insider says that the coronavirus has thrust these highly skilled purveyors of big data into the spotlight. Contrary to popular convention, their expertise does not lie in simply checking the numbers that flood into our IT systems. Data analysts can make sense of seemingly unrelated amounts of data to trace patterns and discover root causes of certain problems. After demystifying challenges that baffle organizations, they can come up with informed recommendations on how to solve the problems.

Today, that expertise is most needed during the crisis. Leaders from every industry, as well as heads of state and government institutions, want to unlock the mysteries of the coronavirus in order to beat it. At the same time, they also want to be able to anticipate and prepare for its various repercussions such as its economic impact.