WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Despite the millions of job losses recorded in the U.S, some industries have reported a significant increase in role openings.
- Glassdoor reports that industries involved in essential supplies have more significant demands for workers.
- Job openings have dropped by almost 30% when COVID-19 starts to hit the U.S. in March.
In the U.S, the number of jobless claims filed reached more than 42 million over the last 11 weeks in sectors such as leisure, retail, and hospitality.
Some jobs in other specific industries, though, have reported an increase in hiring since the outbreak started.
According to an analysis presented by Glassdoor, warehouse managers, grocery managers, and order fillers are amongst the jobs that had the highest increase in job opportunities since March. The report was based on new data that made a ranking of careers with at least 90 salary reports from workers based in the U.S., which covers March 2 until May 11, 2020.
A senior analyst from Glassdoor, Amanda Stansell, told Yahoo Money that all the jobs mentioned have increased in demand due to the challenges presented by COVID-19 pandemic. She added that many of these jobs are considered essential industries that supply food and other important supplies to people nationwide.
The data also showed that the grocery manager roles have grown for at least six times as compared to when the crisis hasn’t started. Works such as public health counselor or IT experts has also reportedly increased as more employers switched to home at work arrangements to help curb the spread of coronavirus.
Other jobs that also increased in demand include retail salesperson, customer service, sales agents, and forklift operators.
Stansell added that the decline for these types of roles would not happen soon, adding that when lockdown measures start to be lifted, more job openings will be available for industries such as construction. Business owners will be looking for safer ways for workers can resume office.
The analyst also noted that even if the economy reopens, they expect the demands in these roles might not reduce. She recommends those who lose their previous jobs or those seeking employment to consider these opportunities.
Also, the coronavirus outbreak generated new job opportunities for roles such as temperature inspectors and contact tracers, which both only require a high school education with excellent communication skills.
Stansell further stressed that these roles now are needed to be filled by private companies, staffing firms, and government health care departments throughout the country. These openings have a significant role in helping companies resume operations.
Generally, though, job hirings have declined by almost 30% since the start of March. According to Glassdoor, jobs such as tutors, booksellers, catering assistants, and other roles have significantly decreased in openings of more than 80%.
Stansell observed that most jobs that involved in-person dealings that are not considered essential were those who are most affected. She further advised job seekers to look for opportunities based on those demands.