New Jobs Created by COVID-19

See What Jobs Are Now in High-Demand

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we work, study, shop, and spend our free time. That has destroyed millions of jobs. But it has also created new roles. 

“The economy needs all hands on deck to contain the virus and increase consumer confidence so that businesses can reopen safely and successfully,” says Julia Pollak, labor economist at ZipRecruiter. “As a result, businesses, organizations, and families are urgently seeking to hire people in roles that are either completely new or that differ in key ways from roles that came before.” 

Demand for many of these jobs has risen quickly since the COVID-19 crisis struck, and is expected to grow further in the coming months. 


1. Contact Tracer

Typical wage range: $17-$25 per hour

Call people who may have been exposed to coronavirus, provide health guidance, and assist people with setting up appointments for COVID-19 testing. The job can usually be done from home and can be part-time or full-time. 

Related Jobs: Customer Service Specialist


2. COVID-19 Tester

Typical wage range: $20-$45 per hour, depending on qualifications

Perform nasal/oral COVID-19 swab tests at testing sites, hospitals, nursing homes, factories, or offices. The job may be part-time or full-time. 

Related Jobs: Certified Nurse Assistant, Phlebotomist 


3. COVID-19 Caregiver

Typical wage range: $14-$25 per hour

Take care of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and monitor their conditions. Expect to receive appropriate training/COVID-19 certification and personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Related Jobs: Caregiver


4. Temperature Screener

Typical wage range: $14-$25 per hour

Ask people at airports, factories, theme parks, and other businesses COVID-19 screening questions and take temperature readings. Expect to receive appropriate training/COVID-19 certification and PPE. 

Related Jobs: Certified Nurse Assistant


5. Plexiglass Screen Installer

Typical wage range: $14-$20 per hour

Install plexiglass counter shields at grocery stores and restaurants, and plexiglass dividers in shared office spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Related Jobs: Maintenance Worker, Handyman, Construction Laborer


6. Face Mask Sewer

Typical wage: $12-18 per hour

Sew non-surgical face masks quickly to meet enormous demand. 

Related Jobs: Seamstress, Tailor


7. Outdoor Fitness Trainer

Typical wage: $15-$50 per hour

Provide socially distant outdoor fitness instruction to individuals or small groups. 

Related Jobs: Fitness Trainer, Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor


8. Telemedicine Physician or Telemedicine Nurse Practitioner

Typical wage: $30-$150 per hour

Provide socially distant diagnosis, prescriptions, counseling, and therapy.  

Related Jobs: Physician, Nurse, Therapist, Telemedicine Nurse, Telemedicine Doctor, Telemedicine RN, Telemedicine Nurse Practitioner


9. Virtual Beauty Advisor

Typical wage: $12-$35 per hour

Provide socially distant skincare and makeup advice. 

Related Jobs: Beauty Expert, Cosmetic Advisor, Beauty Consultant


10. Virtual Babysitter

Typical wage: $12-$25 per hour

Keep children company via video call and help them with school homework during COVID-19 school closures. 

Related Jobs: Online Tutor, Babysitter, Nanny


11. Virtual Event Producer

Typical wage: $20-$55 per hour

Design, create, and execute virtual events. Develop virtual alternatives for conferences, concerts, birthday parties, weddings and other events canceled due to COVID-19.

Related Jobs: Event Planner, Event Coordinator


Note: Salary estimates are based on job postings in the ZipRecruiter marketplace between April 1 and May 31, 2020. They are not verified by employers; actual compensation can vary considerably. 

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