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Trending Industries that are still Hiring during COVID-197 min read

May 19, 2020 5 min read
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Trending Industries that are still Hiring during COVID-197 min read

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The COVID-19 pan­dem­ic has influ­enced mil­lions of lives across the globe. As the virus con­tin­ues to spread, peo­ple find them­selves strug­gling with both per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al chal­lenges in these unprece­dent­ed times. With many com­pa­nies being forced to either shut their doors for good or let go of their work­force to cope up with the fluc­tu­at­ing econ­o­my — thou­sands of peo­ple are either tem­porar­i­ly or per­ma­nent­ly out of work. Oth­ers have to deal with a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of their salaries being cut off.

How­ev­er, there are two sides to every coin. As some of the indus­tries are left crip­pled by the impact of this pan­dem­ic, oth­ers are look­ing to expand their work­force. This growth is the result of an increase in the demand for some par­tic­u­lar prod­ucts and ser­vices. As a result, com­pa­nies in such sec­tors have begun hir­ing dur­ing this cri­sis which is a per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty for any­one who has been laid off.

So if your employ­ment has been affect­ed by COVID-19, or if you are look­ing to help those orga­ni­za­tions that need to fill roles dur­ing this chal­leng­ing time, here is a list of indus­tries and sec­tors that are active­ly hir­ing dur­ing COVID-19:

Essential Retail

In most states, non-essen­tial busi­ness­es and stores have been forced to close. How­ev­er, essen­tial retail­ers are an excep­tion to this con­di­tion. These stores are open to ensure peo­ple have access to all their neces­si­ties dur­ing this emergency.

These essen­tials include gro­ceries, clean­ing sup­plies, pet food, med­ica­tion, etc. Peo­ple are stock­ing up for weeks’ worth of items to reduce their need of going out of their hous­es. As a result, retail­ers in cat­e­gories such as gro­cery and phar­ma­cy have expe­ri­enced a high vol­ume of sales.

In order to keep up with this demand, essen­tial retail­ers have start­ed hir­ing more cashiers, store clerks, shelf stock­ers, clean­ers, etc. These work­ers are at the front line of this pan­dem­ic, help­ing peo­ple every sin­gle day.

Banking and Finance

COVID-19 has hit economies across the world — thou­sands of busi­ness­es clos­ing, unem­ploy­ment rates ris­ing, etc. As a result, peo­ple are rush­ing to seek finan­cial advice from experts. They are ask­ing for help in terms of secur­ing their finan­cial future, pro­tect­ing their sav­ings, as well as access­ing finan­cial sup­port. As a result, there has been a sig­nif­i­cant rise in the demand for employ­ees in the bank­ing and finance sector.

From work­ing with a bank to obtain finan­cial sup­port, to engag­ing with an invest­ment spe­cial­ist to acknowl­edge how their cred­it will get affect­ed by lost income — peo­ple are doing every­thing they can to secure their future. So for peo­ple look­ing to work in banks and oth­er finan­cial insti­tu­tions — this is a per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty. The demand for finan­cial advi­sors and cus­tomer ser­vice pro­fes­sion­als with expe­ri­ence in the bank­ing sec­tor is espe­cial­ly high.


Since almost all the com­pa­nies have allowed their employ­ees to work from home, the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies are under immense pres­sure to pro­vide high-speed inter­net at res­i­den­tial places. Peo­ple who man­aged to sur­vive on mobile data con­nec­tions are switch­ing to get WiFi for work­ing more effi­cient­ly at home. The chal­lenge for most com­pa­nies is to pro­vide fast, sta­ble, and secure inter­net ser­vice to mil­lions of employ­ees who are spread out over small­er home networks.

Net­works are fac­ing high vol­ume because ever since the lock­down, video calls are the main source of con­tact for most peo­ple. Peo­ple are also indulging in con­sum­ing more online con­tent such as via social media, music, videos, etc. As a result, peo­ple work­ing in cus­tomer and IT sup­port, instal­la­tion, main­te­nance & repair, etc are high in demand.


This goes with­out say­ing but amidst a glob­al pan­dem­ic, health­care pro­fes­sion­als are an absolute neces­si­ty. Nurs­es, doc­tors, and oth­er hos­pi­tal staff have been over­whelmed with the rise in patients that are rush­ing in. The health­care facil­i­ties are over­thrown on a good day as it is. But COVID-19 patients requir­ing inten­sive and long-term care, are push­ing hos­pi­tals and oth­er health­care facil­i­ties to their lim­its. They require spe­cial access to equip­ment such as ven­ti­la­tors, for extend­ed peri­ods of time.

As a result, most health­care facil­i­ties are suf­fer­ing from a short­age of staff and assis­tance. Nurs­es in par­tic­u­lar, who are respon­si­ble for every­day patient care, are high in demand. More­over, res­pi­ra­to­ry spe­cial­ists, physi­cians, as well as para­medics are also need­ed des­per­ate­ly. With a rise in the influx of patients, there is also a need for admin­is­tra­tive work­ers in clin­ics and hos­pi­tals. Tasks such as enrolling patients, updat­ing records, and coor­di­nat­ing with insur­ance com­pa­nies, etc need to be tak­en care of.


We have all read enough arti­cles about emp­ty store shelves and peo­ple fight­ing over toi­let paper. With peo­ple stock­pil­ing essen­tial goods dur­ing lock­downs, stores are run­ning out of sup­plies much faster than usu­al. As a result, man­u­fac­tur­ers are hav­ing a hard time keep­ing up with the high demand of peo­ple. This is espe­cial­ly applic­a­ble to con­sumer goods and health sup­plies such as san­i­tiz­ers, hand wash, soaps, etc.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers in these sec­tors are ramp­ing up their pro­duc­tion to keep up with the ever-increas­ing demand from con­sumers. The short­age has been so severe that some man­u­fac­tur­ers from oth­er sec­tors are revamp­ing their tools to pro­duce in-demand prod­ucts. For instance, brew­eries or cos­met­ic com­pa­nies are man­u­fac­tur­ing hand san­i­tiz­ers. This rise in demand for con­sumer goods and med­ical sup­plies has led to an increase in man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs. Such as — line work­ers, super­vi­sors, ware­house work­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ing engi­neers, qual­i­ty con­trol spe­cial­ists, etc.

Technology and IT

With most of the pop­u­la­tion stay­ing indoors, peo­ple are con­sum­ing online con­tent in high vol­umes, both for work and per­son­al uses. With in-per­son con­tact becom­ing non-exis­tent, peo­ple are turn­ing to online medi­ums of con­nect­ing with loved ones or buy­ing sup­plies. As a result, social media, mobile apps, video con­fer­enc­ing, web­sites, etc are endur­ing remark­ably high vol­umes of traffic.

In order to func­tion smooth­ly, online plat­forms require the exper­tise of devel­op­ers, to keep up with the user vol­ume surge. Busi­ness­es across the world are find­ing ways to make their devel­op­ment teams more effi­cient. They want to increase the capac­i­ty of their online order­ing sys­tems as well as trou­bleshoot any oth­er issues that might be aris­ing due to the cri­sis. Hav­ing a func­tion­al dig­i­tal space is crit­i­cal, espe­cial­ly for those busi­ness­es that are unable to open their reg­u­lar markets.

Oth­er IT pro­fes­sion­als are also in demand because most com­pa­nies are work­ing from home. As a result, the need for net­work­ing and data secu­ri­ty experts is dire. These pro­fes­sion­als have to work around the clock to ensure every­one can access the tools they need and work from home efficiently.

News and Publishing

The news and updates about COVID-19 have been dom­i­nat­ing the head­lines for news­pa­pers across con­ti­nents. There seems to be an end­less wave of infor­ma­tion and events that the pub­lic needs to be updat­ed about. Whether it is infor­ma­tion on the best prac­tices for social dis­tanc­ing, new cas­es of COVID-19 across the world, new gov­ern­ment pro­grams to sup­port unem­ployed work­ers, or updates on the world econ­o­my — news agen­cies and pub­li­ca­tions have a com­mit­ment to dis­trib­ute infor­ma­tion to the public.

Both tra­di­tion­al, as well as dig­i­tal news, is mak­ing sure to update the pub­lic on how to keep safe dur­ing this pan­dem­ic. While dig­i­tal news is con­sumed more by the younger gen­er­a­tions, tra­di­tion­al meth­ods such as news­pa­pers and TVs are always a source of con­sump­tion in most house­holds. This con­stant need for updat­ing the pub­lic has result­ed in news agen­cies and pub­lish­ing hous­es to hire more man­pow­er. As a result, there are more oppor­tu­ni­ties for reporters, edi­tors, fact-check­ers, video pro­duc­tion staff, web, and IT spe­cial­ists, etc dur­ing this crisis.

Final Words

Keep in mind, if you have lost your job dur­ing this pan­dem­ic, you are not alone. The sil­ver lin­ing is that there is still hope for you. Check if you can find work in any of the above sec­tors — you nev­er know you might find some­thing with­in your area. So before you decide to cut into your sav­ings account, ask local busi­ness­es if they need any assis­tance dur­ing these unprece­dent­ed times. If we work togeth­er, we can make these chal­leng­ing times slight­ly eas­i­er for each of us.


Washija is a content specialist at Receptix. She has an MBA in Tourism and a passion for creating web content. She is an avid reader, a traveler, and a versatile writer.
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