The in-demand jobs on the rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Alison Medley

The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal for Americans seeking employment. Yes, over 44.2 million Americans have filed for unemployment during the coronavirus crisis, and 1.5 million sought claims in early June, according to Fortune. But don’t despair, job seekers. The positive news for Americans is that new career opportunities have also emerged through the pandemic.

According to LinkedIn Workforce Report, the new jobs that have been created amid the pandemic range from healthcare coordinators to safety managers. The more marketable you are with skills like telemedicine and virtual instruction, the better chance you have at landing those coveted jobs.

“COVID-19 is decimating employment and hiring in so many sectors, but it also creating some newer growth in others,” Susie Jackson, News Editor at LinkedIn.

Here are some of the fast-gaining jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to LinkedIn:

  • COVID-19 contact tracer
  • COVID-19 care resource coordinator
  • Crisis counselor
  • Health and Safety manager
  • Life coach
  • Loan specialist
  • Medical product sales
  • Occupancy planner
  • Online tutor
  • Personal shopper
  • Virtual assistant
  • Warehouse worker

These new job opportunities have touched a vigorous conversation on social media. Some weighed in with optimism about the new job landscape while others were a little more skeptical.

“I have seen a big uptick in my business as a health coach business entrepreneur. People don’t want to be in the “at risk” category or gain the COVID 50 while at home. This is a positive in my opinion that people are re-evaluating health and lifestyle.” Larry Korchan commented.

“As a financial literacy educator, coach and debt counselor, I find the need for more life coaching and just “coaching” in general “on par” for what the nation and the world is going thru at this particular time in history. So many consumers live paycheck to paycheck with no regard for financial savvy,” wrote Lisa Grigalonis on LinkedIn.

“I think it’s best to look at these jobs with both short term and long term in mind. Jobs like contact tracer, unless you’re very strategic about it, are not likely to last beyond the current crisis. On the other hand, telemedicine and videoconferencing are probably good for the long term as well,” Jeff Simmons commented.

Workers in the 10 most common medical jobs have added telehealth skills and telemedicine to their profiles 4.8 times faster over the last weeks after the COVID-19 outbreak as compared to the 12 weeks prior, according to LinkedIn.

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