Although 2020 was a terrible year for many, we must take a look at a sector of the economy that had significant growth. When we say “resilience” we mean the virtue of adapting and prevailing during adversity.
When we see that many jobs and ideas were successful during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is time to ask ourselves what they did to achieve this. In this article, let's learn which are the four jobs with the highest demand during the pandemic.
1. Health Professionals
This first one is obvious: a pandemic requires a lot of medical care. Covid-19 taught us who the real heroes are during this virus. Doctors and nurses have been fighting on the front line against this disease, which means that the demand for health personnel continues to grow.
Because of this demand, the salaries of doctors and specialists remained stable, although in many places wages reached historic levels. For example, nurses in several cities in the United States charge about $8,000-10,000 per week, according to a KHN report. This is due not only to the demand for services but also to the risk inherent in the work. Unfortunately, medical workers are some of the hardest hit by Covid-19 in the world.
In addition to face-to-face care, medicine created an important partnership with technology. Thousands of doctors from different specialties began offering remote care services through apps like Zoom. The increase in digital patients was very large in 2020.
2. Dispatch Services
Moving to digital media was the most important way businesses coped with the “new normal.” Online platforms were essential to avoid gatherings in stores during the quarantine. These sites were already popular before Covid-19, but they achieved strong growth due to the high demand.
But e-commerce cannot function without the help of delivery services and logistics companies. According to MarketWatch, the main companies related to food delivery (including personal services and dispatch of wholesale merchandise), made $5.5 billion in profits in 2020, an incredible number that shows how great the demand was due to the lockdown. For that reason, the salary of these workers was more stable than ever before.
3. Freelance Jobs
Freelance platforms have also had an excellent year. Covid-19, in this particular case, was a major reason for their success. Many companies closed, and face-to-face work was considered “risky” due to the possibility of contagion. For that reason, millions of people around the world decided to explore their talents on websites like UpWork and Fiverr.
Working from home has never been bigger than in 2020. About 36 percent of the United States workforce works as freelancers, representing a sizeable part of the country’s population and contributing more than $1.2 billion to the economy. Remote work was the most important way to generate income during the pandemic. The most in-demand jobs on these platforms were web designers, coders, SEO writers, community managers, photographers, and translators.
4. Bootcamp Teachers
The coronavirus was not an obstacle to education. Both schools and universities continued to offer digital classes to thousands of students around the world. The education industry also worked directly with technology to continue its services. The best thing is that a lot of people around the world decided to learn something new in 2020, which means that the demand for teachers grew.
Teachers and experts across many disciplines decided to offer their knowledge via the Internet. One category that deserves special mention is bootcamp teachers. Leading an intensive course during a pandemic is a valuable service, especially when your students will be able to work in leading companies thanks to your efforts. For this reason, the demand and salaries of bootcamp teachers rose due to the increase in the number of students that wanted to learn about the tech industry.
Did you realize that most of these jobs had an important relationship with technology? This sector is key to combat new threats in the future. Thanks to the tech industry, many people were able to keep their jobs and remain financially stable during the pandemic. That’s the very definition of “resilience”
Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.