Some businesses have been thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic, and need workers to keep up with demand. As a number of Americans have transitioned indoors, to work-from-home and socially distance, companies like food and grocery delivery, in-home fitness equipment and workouts, and telehealth services have seen a huge rise in new customers.
If you’re looking for a job or a career change, here are the six industries that are still growing and looking to fill much-needed roles today.
With so many restaurants closed or only open at a limited capacity during the pandemic, Americans turned to food delivery services to get their dining fix.
Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub, and Postmates are the most well-known of the food delivery companies, but there are several others in addition to restaurants that deliver directly to customers. As many new people have discovered the convenience and ease of food delivery, it’s estimated this sector will continue to grow.
Food delivery driver - Entry-level role that requires a car or bike in certain cities
Sales representative - Point person between apps and restaurants; sales or cold-calling experience preferred
Marketing manager - Marketing manager with experience in digital marketing and customer engagement
Software engineer - Engineer that builds and integrates software into a consumer-facing app like Grubhub
Whether eating in more often because of closed restaurants, or needing supplies to make that viral recipe, grocery stores have seen huge increases in sales.
Some grocery stores like Whole Foods and Walmart offer delivery services, and most at least provide curbside pickup to avoid the need for interacting with multiple people. Shoppers looking to avoid waiting in long lines or being around many people at the local grocery store have found grocery delivery an attractive option, so this is one pandemic trend probably not going away.
In-store shopper and/or delivery driver - Popular part-time or full-time gig with no experience required
Stocking - Day and night shifts available for stocking grocery stores; entry-level but physical requirements must be met
Food production - Those with food preparation experience can help make food or baked goods to be sold
Store management - Responsible for entire inventory logistics and distribution; similar experience required
2020 was the year Americans realized that germs are everywhere. From hand sanitizers to deep cleaning companies, businesses that provide some type of disinfecting or cleaning services are in high-demand and that’s not expected to slow down as places start reopening and customers are concerned with health and safety.
Housekeeping - Entry-level; self-employed options through apps like TaskRabbit or full-time for companies like hotels
Cleaning specialist - Work as part of a team for a cleaning company like Merry Maids
Sales assistant - Bring in new customers and maintain accounts for cleaning companies; sales experience preferred
Customer service representative - Provide customer support for cleaning companies like Molly Maid or Jani-King
The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly changed the telehealth landscape for good. Due to restrictions on who qualifies for in-person doctor visits and patient concerns over catching COVID while visiting a hospital or doctor's office, telemedicine services have risen dramatically over the last year. The comfort and ease of access for both patients and doctors mean this industry will likely continue to expand.
Administrative assistant - Handle administrative tasks such as phone calls, calendar management, and maintain records
Copywriter - Write content for advertisements, websites, and publications; copywriting or journalism experience required
Physician/nurse - Can work for various telehealth companies; must have required licenses and certifications
Human resources specialist - act as a recruiter and support employees for telehealth companies; relevant experience required
Rental car companies and brand-new car sales were negatively impacted by the pandemic, but used car sales have actually been thriving and that's likely to continue. The desire to avoid public transportation, the migration away from big cities and into more suburban areas, and both the lack of inventory and the weariness of paying for a brand-new car are all driving up used car businesses.
Sales manager - Mid- to senior-level role in charge of most aspects for used car sales
Lot attendant - Entry-level role that maintains appearance and performance of vehicles on the lot
Car technician - Identifies and repairs needed car maintenance; automotive technician experience needed
Car buyer - Responsible for appraisal and purchasing of used cars; relevant experience required
Those with sales experience will find numerous open jobs right now in this sector, plus there are opportunities for lot attendants, managers, and car technicians across small and big used car companies.
When local gyms and boutique fitness studios were forced to shut their doors, companies providing in-home fitness equipment and online streaming of workouts stepped in.
Peloton, the company selling stationary bikes (with months-long wait lists) and app subscriptions for fitness classes such as cycling, yoga, and running has seen massive levels of growth. And it’s not the only one. Mirror, an interactive smart gym that doubles as a mirror, and Tonal, a mountable smart home gym system are a couple of the other numerous fitness brands fulfilling the need for at-home workouts.
Warehouse associate - Entry-level role to assemble and prepare orders for fitness companies
Software engineer - Develop and deliver software experience for users; engineering and tech experience required
Retail sales specialist - Inform customers and convert sales of products in stores
Fitness instructor - Yoga, cycling, running, HIIT, and other fitness instructor professionals needed
Which industry would you like to work in? Let us know in the comments.