It would be fair to say 2020 was a year like no other. Following the lockdowns and isolation restrictions imposed by Coronavirus, it’s estimated around 114 million people lost their jobs, unsure if they’ll have a job to return to post-virus.
Indeed, while the medical and loss of life statistics caused by COVID make for disturbing reading, many experts suggest we’re merely at the tip of the iceberg in terms of the long-term economic impact of the virus. As nations struggle to get back on their feet and companies look at restarting, the employment landscape after Coronavirus will likely be considerably less secure than before.
Jobs likely to bounce back quickest from COVID
While many jobs will face uncertainty in the coming months and years due to restructuring and streamlining, some careers are expected to bounce back relatively quickly and remain in demand. Below are just a few of the more future-proof professions you could consider if you’re facing uncertainty in your work.
Careers in Cybersecurity: Our use of – and reliance upon – the internet and associated technologies has increased steadily over the last two decades; however, through Coronavirus, web use skyrocketed. With lockdowns preventing human contact, we turned in our droves to online services for everything from shopping to media and video calls. Indeed, online retail sites generated 22 billion visits in June 2020 compared to 16.7 billion in January of the same year. However, as is always the way, where there’s money, the criminals soon follow, and cybercrime has similarly surged through the pandemic. In 2021 alone, it’s forecast online criminality will account for $6 trillion in losses – with spending on cybersecurity expected to exceed $150 million, making this one of the most secure sectors to find work.
Working Freelance: With firms increasingly tightening their belts, the number of freelance opportunities has exploded through the virus. Furthermore, as companies increasingly move their digital resources to the cloud, there has never been a better time to pick up freelance work and work remotely for firms. As a result, freelancing has expanded across all industries and sectors – everything from delivery driver jobs to writing and design projects – with the number of freelance portals increasing exponentially too. So, for example, if you’re interested in delivery driver jobs, you’ll find several online boards where potential clients post details of their requirements.
Marketing and Promotions: In addition to the employment uncertainty caused by COVID, workers now face increasing pressure from the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machines replacing the human workforce. However, while robots and AI are highly adept at performing simple repetitive tasks, they fundamentally lack the creative talents to develop engaging and immersive branding, making marketing jobs an attractive prospect for those looking for future-proof work.
Healthcare Jobs: While it’s true robots and computers are heralding significant changes in the healthcare industry, compassion, empathy, and creative soft skills required in the profession make it highly unlikely machines will ever replace these jobs. Indeed, many employment experts have cited a job in the care industry as the most long-term secure career choice – after all, people will always continue to get sick and need special attention no matter how advanced our world becomes.
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