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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 pan¬≠dem¬≠ic has influ¬≠enced mil¬≠lions of lives across the globe. As the virus con¬≠tin¬≠ues to spread, peo¬≠ple find them¬≠selves strug¬≠gling with both per¬≠son¬≠al and pro¬≠fes¬≠sion¬≠al chal¬≠lenges in these unprece¬≠dent¬≠ed times. With many com¬≠pa¬≠nies being forced to either shut their doors for good or let go of their work¬≠force to cope up with the fluc¬≠tu¬≠at¬≠ing econ¬≠o¬≠my ‚ÄĒ thou¬≠sands of peo¬≠ple are either tem¬≠porar¬≠i¬≠ly or per¬≠ma¬≠nent¬≠ly out of work. Oth¬≠ers have to deal with a sig¬≠nif¬≠i¬≠cant por¬≠tion of their salaries being cut off.

How¬≠ev¬≠er, there are two sides to every coin. As some of the indus¬≠tries are left crip¬≠pled by the impact of this pan¬≠dem¬≠ic, oth¬≠ers are look¬≠ing to expand their work¬≠force. This growth is the result of an increase in the demand for some par¬≠tic¬≠u¬≠lar prod¬≠ucts and ser¬≠vices. As a result, com¬≠pa¬≠nies in such sec¬≠tors have begun hir¬≠ing dur¬≠ing this cri¬≠sis which is a per¬≠fect oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty for any¬≠one 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 essen¬≠tials include gro¬≠ceries, clean¬≠ing sup¬≠plies, pet food, med¬≠ica¬≠tion, etc. Peo¬≠ple are stock¬≠ing up for weeks‚Äô worth of items to reduce their need of going out of their hous¬≠es. As a result, retail¬≠ers in cat¬≠e¬≠gories such as gro¬≠cery and phar¬≠ma¬≠cy have expe¬≠ri¬≠enced a high vol¬≠ume of sales.

In order to keep up with this demand, essen¬≠tial retail¬≠ers have start¬≠ed hir¬≠ing more cashiers, store clerks, shelf stock¬≠ers, clean¬≠ers, etc. These work¬≠ers are at the front line of this pan¬≠dem¬≠ic, help¬≠ing peo¬≠ple every sin¬≠gle day.

Banking and Finance

COVID-19 has hit economies across the world ‚ÄĒ thou¬≠sands of busi¬≠ness¬≠es clos¬≠ing, unem¬≠ploy¬≠ment rates ris¬≠ing, etc. As a result, peo¬≠ple are rush¬≠ing to seek finan¬≠cial advice from experts. They are ask¬≠ing for help in terms of secur¬≠ing their finan¬≠cial future, pro¬≠tect¬≠ing their sav¬≠ings, as well as access¬≠ing finan¬≠cial sup¬≠port. As a result, there has been a sig¬≠nif¬≠i¬≠cant rise in the demand for employ¬≠ees in the bank¬≠ing and finance sector.

From work¬≠ing with a bank to obtain finan¬≠cial sup¬≠port, to engag¬≠ing with an invest¬≠ment spe¬≠cial¬≠ist to acknowl¬≠edge how their cred¬≠it will get affect¬≠ed by lost income ‚ÄĒ peo¬≠ple are doing every¬≠thing they can to secure their future. So for peo¬≠ple look¬≠ing to work in banks and oth¬≠er finan¬≠cial insti¬≠tu¬≠tions ‚ÄĒ this is a per¬≠fect oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty. The demand for finan¬≠cial advi¬≠sors and cus¬≠tomer ser¬≠vice pro¬≠fes¬≠sion¬≠als with expe¬≠ri¬≠ence in the bank¬≠ing sec¬≠tor is espe¬≠cial¬≠ly 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 with¬≠out say¬≠ing but amidst a glob¬≠al pan¬≠dem¬≠ic, health¬≠care pro¬≠fes¬≠sion¬≠als are an absolute neces¬≠si¬≠ty. Nurs¬≠es, doc¬≠tors, and oth¬≠er hos¬≠pi¬≠tal staff have been over¬≠whelmed with the rise in patients that are rush¬≠ing in. The health¬≠care facil¬≠i¬≠ties are over¬≠thrown on a good day as it is. But COVID-19 patients requir¬≠ing inten¬≠sive and long-term care, are push¬≠ing hos¬≠pi¬≠tals and oth¬≠er health¬≠care facil¬≠i¬≠ties to their lim¬≠its. They require spe¬≠cial access to equip¬≠ment such as ven¬≠ti¬≠la¬≠tors, for extend¬≠ed peri¬≠ods of time.

As a result, most health¬≠care facil¬≠i¬≠ties are suf¬≠fer¬≠ing from a short¬≠age of staff and assis¬≠tance. Nurs¬≠es in par¬≠tic¬≠u¬≠lar, who are respon¬≠si¬≠ble for every¬≠day patient care, are high in demand. More¬≠over, res¬≠pi¬≠ra¬≠to¬≠ry spe¬≠cial¬≠ists, physi¬≠cians, as well as para¬≠medics are also need¬≠ed des¬≠per¬≠ate¬≠ly. With a rise in the influx of patients, there is also a need for admin¬≠is¬≠tra¬≠tive work¬≠ers in clin¬≠ics and hos¬≠pi¬≠tals. Tasks such as enrolling patients, updat¬≠ing records, and coor¬≠di¬≠nat¬≠ing with insur¬≠ance com¬≠pa¬≠nies, etc need to be tak¬≠en 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.

Man¬≠u¬≠fac¬≠tur¬≠ers in these sec¬≠tors are ramp¬≠ing up their pro¬≠duc¬≠tion to keep up with the ever-increas¬≠ing demand from con¬≠sumers. The short¬≠age has been so severe that some man¬≠u¬≠fac¬≠tur¬≠ers from oth¬≠er sec¬≠tors are revamp¬≠ing their tools to pro¬≠duce in-demand prod¬≠ucts. For instance, brew¬≠eries or cos¬≠met¬≠ic com¬≠pa¬≠nies are man¬≠u¬≠fac¬≠tur¬≠ing hand san¬≠i¬≠tiz¬≠ers. This rise in demand for con¬≠sumer goods and med¬≠ical sup¬≠plies has led to an increase in man¬≠u¬≠fac¬≠tur¬≠ing jobs. Such as ‚ÄĒ line work¬≠ers, super¬≠vi¬≠sors, ware¬≠house work¬≠ers, man¬≠u¬≠fac¬≠tur¬≠ing engi¬≠neers, qual¬≠i¬≠ty con¬≠trol spe¬≠cial¬≠ists, 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 dom¬≠i¬≠nat¬≠ing the head¬≠lines for news¬≠pa¬≠pers across con¬≠ti¬≠nents. There seems to be an end¬≠less wave of infor¬≠ma¬≠tion and events that the pub¬≠lic needs to be updat¬≠ed about. Whether it is infor¬≠ma¬≠tion on the best prac¬≠tices for social dis¬≠tanc¬≠ing, new cas¬≠es of COVID-19 across the world, new gov¬≠ern¬≠ment pro¬≠grams to sup¬≠port unem¬≠ployed work¬≠ers, or updates on the world econ¬≠o¬≠my ‚ÄĒ news agen¬≠cies and pub¬≠li¬≠ca¬≠tions have a com¬≠mit¬≠ment to dis¬≠trib¬≠ute infor¬≠ma¬≠tion 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 dur¬≠ing this pan¬≠dem¬≠ic, you are not alone. The sil¬≠ver lin¬≠ing is that there is still hope for you. Check if you can find work in any of the above sec¬≠tors ‚ÄĒ you nev¬≠er know you might find some¬≠thing with¬≠in your area. So before you decide to cut into your sav¬≠ings account, ask local busi¬≠ness¬≠es if they need any assis¬≠tance dur¬≠ing these unprece¬≠dent¬≠ed times. If we work togeth¬≠er, we can make these chal¬≠leng¬≠ing times slight¬≠ly eas¬≠i¬≠er 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.