Despite coronavirus, are there any bright spots in the job market? Experts say yes.
By Kathleen Furore
Tribune Content Agency|
Jun 11, 2020 at 3:51 PM
DEAR READERS: With the recent disruption of the job market, everyone is looking for some bright spots where job outlook is concerned. What are some jobs/careers/industries that have not been negatively impacted? Things that actually offer job seekers good options with bright futures.
“Despite considerable doom, gloom and talk of recession, plenty of industries are set to thrive in the post-COVID-19 ‘new normal,’” says Ben Taylor, founder of HomeWorkingClub.com.
The online world, for example, is alive and well — and in many cases is thriving, according to Taylor and to Anthony Michelic, president of The PACE Group, a Dallas-based executive search firm.
“Careers in social media and online marketing have not been negatively impacted by COVID-19, Michelic reports. “With people staying indoors and online more, advertising dollars are moving to the digital space. Someone has to do all of that work — it might as well be you!”
Here are some options — online and otherwise — for anyone thinking of rerouting their careers.
Online education. “There are huge opportunities in online teaching, course production and the technology underpinning these things,” Taylor says. “The coronavirus isn’t over; social distancing will continue and there’s a significant possibility of further ‘waves’ and lockdowns.” In fact, many school districts, colleges and universities already are planning to continue at least online learning for the next school year.
Website/online store developers. Michelic calls this “a strong opportunity for job seekers” — one that mom-and-pop shops are well-poised to capitalize on. “Online ordering is becoming a necessity for small businesses to survive and thrive during and after the pandemic,” Michelic says.
Futurists/technologists. If you’re looking for “a wide-open niche in almost every industry,” this might be the option for you, Michelic says.
“The world is changing at such a fast pace that we need people who specialize in gaining knowledge from multiple domains, consolidating and distilling that knowledge, and communicating it to the proper audience that can put the information to its highest and best use,” he says. “These positions look at technological and data trends across multiple industries and connect them to other industries. They are communicators for the future of work, distribution, manufacturing, travel and commerce.”
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Graphic designers. Who is going to design all the elements that businesses will need in their virtual shops and offices? “Graphics will be needed to catch eyes for companies moving online,” Michelic says.
Positions in economic development. “Economic development organizations focus on growing the economy for a particular geographic area through business recruitment, retention and expansion,” Michelic explains. “Though this field may be impacted, it will be minimal and delayed due to the funding structures of these types of organizations.”
Jobs in remote technology. “The remote working genie is NOT going back into the bottle,” stresses Taylor, who notes that companies have a lot of work to do to ensure businesses are organized, legal and compliant as they switch to more permanent flexible working arrangements. “A lot of this technology was rolled out in a hurry as the pandemic struck,” he says.
“The time will soon come when companies have to go back and pay attention to the detail — so it’s fair to assume there will be plenty of work for IT consultants and tech firms in helping with this.”
Kathleen Furore is a Chicago-based writer and editor who has covered personal finance and other business-related topics for a variety of trade and consumer publications. You can email her your career questions at email@example.com.