Amy Carleton
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Posted May 21, 2020

Need income now? Earn up to $65k with these in-demand jobs during COVID

Coronavirus has created huge demand for jobs like contact tracers, where you can work from home and earn up to $65K to help stop the spread of the virus. We walk you through this job and more, and how you can get hired.
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If you are currently out of work due to the Coronavirus, and you are looking for opportunities that will allow you to rejoin the workforce, the good news is that there are some sectors that are still actively hiring and some new jobs that have emerged as a result of the crisis.

Some of these are jobs that you are already well aware of—others may surprise you.

Contact Tracer

One of the best ways to contain communicable diseases is through tracking its spread via potential sources of contact. Given the unpredictability of the Coronavirus so far, many public health departments are quickly training and deploying Contact Tracers to help collect information and slow the virus’ spread.

These positions do not require formal degrees or credentials and can pay up to $65,000 per year. Public health officials train candidates who then identify Covid-positive individuals based on test results obtained by city and state health departments.

Tracers contact people by phone and ask individuals to provide the names of everyone with whom they have recently come into contact. Finally, contact tracers will warn those people of their potential exposure, advise them to self-quarantine and provide them with access to resources they might need in order to follow protocol.

Here is what some states are planning:

  • New York State will hire up to 17,000 tracers as part of a reopening strategy
  • New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will hire its own corps of contact tracers. Successful applicants will earn a salary of $65,000.
  • In California 10,000 contact tracers will be hired to track transmission throughout the state.
  • Massachusetts will recruit more than 1,000 individuals to conduct contact tracing activities. Its job description cites the need for "excellent interpersonal skills" and "the ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse individuals during a time of crisis and distress." While fluency in English is required, the ability to speak a second is also valuable, according to the job posting.
  • The Georgia Department of Public Health is also advertising openings for contact trainers, who can expect to earn up to $15 per hour for their work. Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Washington, D.C. is screening and training people who want to become contact tracers (To be considered, apply here.)
  • Washington State will hire roughly 1,500 contact tracers to work in the state by mid-May.

Click here for more information on Contact Tracer opportunities

Online Teaching

Have you thought about teaching, but lack a formal teaching certification? In the US, there are now over 30 million students who are at home and looking for ways to learn new skills or hobbies. That is a lot of demand—and though there is plenty of free information available online, not all of it is packaged in the best way for students to learn. That’s where you come in! Outschool is an online platform where you can sign up to offer a class on any topic wherein you have some expertise.

  • Know how to draw? Inspire the next Picasso with some sketching lessons.
  • Do magic card tricks? Pass on your skills via short instructional videos to the next David Copperfield.
  • Speak Spanish? Put your second language skills to use by creating an introductory one-week Spanish.

Register with the site to begin developing your own online class and make up to $40/hour to start. This can also be a low risk way to explore a potential career change if you’ve ever thought you could be a positive force in the classroom.

Industries that continue to hire workers

Online Companies

It is no surprise that since many of us are now staying close to home and limiting our shopping at physical stores, that online sales for companies (especially those that provide groceries and household essentials) are booming.

Amazon was one of the first companies out of the gate to announce a major recruitment effort of over 100,000 workers in order to stay on top of inventory, fulfillment, and delivery duties in its warehouses and the communities it serves. Amazon has since hired an additional 75,000 jobs and continues to add new jobs and shifts weekly, showing no signs of slowing.

Click here for more information on Amazon opportunities.

Grocery Stores and Household Goods

Local and national grocery and household chain stores like Kroeger, Safeway, Publix, Whole Foods, and Walmart continue to hire for positions daily. CVS, Dollar Tree, and Instacart are also growing their workforce exponentially. Walmart claims to be able to hire and onboard new employees in 24 hours, making this a good potential option for those looking to resume a work routine without delay.

Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Hospitals and Health Care facilities like assisted living communities and nursing homes continue to hire medical assistants, patient intake coordinators, maintenance staff, and others during this time. These jobs are posted directly on center websites, where you can also apply directly.

Are there other hiring opportunities you've heard of in your area that you want to share with the community? Let us know in the comments!

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Marina Pissani

thank you

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Edith Watson

Thanks so much for the great information. Be blessed 🕊

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Stephanie Koger

Thank

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Signal Lynn Russo

I heard you had to have a bachelors or have worked for gov or city. Those will be the first hires. I thought about the job but as a Sr was wondering if it’s to high risk. Anyone that is tracing doubtful they are doing it over the phone but I could be wrong. The salary $65,00 is high for a phone job.

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