Once COVID-19 hit the U.S., job security in many sectors took a nosedive as the nation quickly realized which workers were essential. More than 16 million Americans have filed for unemployment since social distancing began. Many non-essential businesses have had to cut staff to make ends meet due to stay-at-home orders.
But job security is not completely obsolete. Your job might be more essential now than ever. A job in certain industries, such as health care, are almost always steady.
The following career options offer the best job security during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health Care Workers
Home Health Aides
With so many people afraid to leave their houses for a doctor’s visit, home health aides are gaining job security. Home health aides usually do a job that is like a home nurse. They assist people with physical challenges, serious medical conditions, or advanced age. They may assess patients’ vital signs and help them with daily living activities. People in this career earn a median salary of about $24,000.
Personal Care Aides
Personal care aides are like home health aides but do not provide medical services. Their job entails offering companionship and helping people with routine tasks and errands. It is important to provide this support to isolated individuals whose friends and family may not be able to visit as frequently as they once did. People in this career earn a median salary of about $24,000.
If you are on social media, you might have noticed that lots of people are adopting animals right now. Pet ownership has been on the rise recently anyway. While coronavirus has not increased the need for veterinarians, it probably will not affect their job security. Pets still get sick and need care, giving veterinarians job security. People in this career earn a median salary of about $94,000.
The world is undergoing many changes, which can be tough on individuals and relationships. Taking care of your mental health is important. Therapists can help people who have been struggling during the pandemic. They can work remotely, which means that their businesses will not suffer during stay-at-home orders. Online therapy has been becoming more popular recently too. People in this career earn a median salary of about $50,000.
Statisticians analyze information for organizations such as government agencies and hospitals. During times when everyone is concerned about “the numbers,” this job is likely to be in high demand. Plus, the data can be used to improve public health policies. People in this career earn a median salary of about $88,000.
Research analysts can often do their job remotely and support many businesses that are essential during the pandemic. Market research analysts can help companies reduce expenses and reach a wider audience. Operations research analysts often provide public officials with the data that they need to make informed decisions during trying times. People in this career earn a median salary of about $63,000.
Software developers have been in demand for a while. But as more employees’ transition to working remotely, the demand for this job will increase, giving software developers even more job security. Companies will need to modify their platforms to support their workforce. People in this career earn a median salary of about $103,000.