More than 42 million jobless claims were filed in the U.S. in the last 11 weeks, with sectors like hospitality, leisure, and retail being hit the hardest.
At the same time, some jobs have seen a surge in hiring since the start of the pandemic.
Grocery managers, order selectors, and warehouse managers have seen the highest increase in job openings since the beginning of March, according to new data by Glassdoor, which ranked occupations that have got at least 90 salary reports from U.S.-based employees between March 2 and May 11, 2020.
“All of these are increasing in demand due to the differing effects of the coronavirus process,” Amanda Stansell, senior analyst at Glassdoor, told Yahoo Money. “A lot of these roles are essential work. They’re helping provide food and other essential items to people across the country.”
The essential role of grocery manager has seen six times more open roles than before the pandemic, while jobs such as public health advisor or IT specialists have also seen higher demand as more employers are looking for ways to minimize the spread of disease and help solve technical issues with transitioning to a work-from-home setup.
Other roles in demand include customer service sales representative, forklift operator, and retail merchandiser.
‘I don't think that we'll start to see a big decline in these roles’
As the lockdowns start to ease, there will more hiring in sectors like construction because employers will be looking for a new safe way for employees to come back into the office.
And even then, Stansell does not expect the demand in these 10 jobs to diminish.
“I don't think that we'll start to see a big decline in these roles,” she said. “For people who may have lost their job or looking for a job right now, these are still a great short-term or long term option depending on your career outlook.”
Additionally, the coronavirus pandemic has led to the creation of new roles such as temperature checker and contact tracers. They require a high school degree and good communication skills making them a good option for people who have lost jobs and are looking for something short term, according to Stansell.
“We see these roles, really being hired by recruiting and staffing firms, health care government, and private security industries across the country,” she said. “They can play a big role in helping employers and companies get back into the workforce and get starting to get active again.”
Some jobs see steep declines
Overall, job openings have been down nearly 30% since the beginning of March. And jobs like booksellers, tutors, catering assistants, and others have seen over an 80% drop in openings, according to Glassdoor.
“A lot of these roles that require in-person interactions that aren't now essential have seen that really huge decrease in demand,” Stansell said.
Some other jobs that have seen a steep decline in job openings since the start of the pandemic are optician, product demonstrator, and brand manager.
“It's important to look for the bright spots where we see jobs that have had a really big increase in openings,” Stansell said. “Even within industries that are down there are some roles that have done really well and been resilient.”