1) Medical profession
2) Data-driven roles - Analysts, Scentists, Researchers
3) Teaching/Education roles
4) Communication/Management roles - Corporate, Change Management, HR, Project Management
5) Temporary or Contract roles (GIG Economy)
Despite the pandemic, a lot of companies are still hiring for these types of roles.
I'm not sure what year you are in school but this is a tough one to answer. I think the better question to answer is what do YOU want to do in the future? The pandemic will last about a year (We hope) so once it's over, do you want to have a job that's only viable during a pandemic? One would hope not! Instead, what do you want to contribute to your life, your community, your world? What drives/inspires you?
The pandemic certainly threw everyone for a loop, so to predict what business models will look like next year much less in 5, 10, 20 years is really tough. But, one thing we know is how adaptable & creative humans can be. For example, you have chefs who have a passion for food & sharing their culinary art with others, thus some have chosen to use their talents to donate meals to those less fortunate. There are artists who are creating art & donating funds raised through the selling of their art towards non-profits advocating for civil rights. There are comedians who use their art of satire & hilarity to keep people informed. Engineers & engineers-to-be with 3D printers printing face coverings & respirator components to help their local hospitals- Even businesses have donated funding/resources to help these individuals get the materials they need to make more. These people used what talents & resources they had to help others in times of the pandemic but once it's over, they have their main occupation/dreams to go back to.
Thus, what talents do you want to foster & develop? Or what things make you excited to talk about? I don't remember who said this (Probably a Ted talk or STEM speaker, I think) but they said something on the lines of "If you want to predict the future, invent it." But it doesn't mean you have to do it alone. There was a funny saying a kid once also said that the world consists of Sherlocks and Watsons. The Sherlocks have these grand ideas & want to lead but they need Watson's to help bring those ideas to reality. I know for myself, I tend to fall in the Watson category (I like helping people ^w^). Therefore, what kind of job or effort do you want to be a part of? Are you a comic book artist, writer, director, etc. who wants to have stories that inspire hope? Do you want to be an engineer and help develop new robotic systems to help the elderly? Are you somebody with a strong sense of justice & integrity who wants to protect those around them (Police officer) or someone with empathy who wants to help those overcome emotional challenges (Therapist)?
I apologize for all the daunting questions I'm throwing at you so if you can't answer them immediately, that's ok. You are still growing, so just breathe & pick a path to explore and pursue. As you go down it, you'll learn more about yourself & what you like or don't like-what resonates with your heart or brings curiosity & adventure to your mind-and adjust accordingly. It's exciting, no? Hope this helps & wishing you all the best!
I think its great that you are trying to determine what field you should study and what will be in demand in the future, post pandemic. I believe that Digital Transformation will continue to change our world. The way we do work has changed, it is changing and will continue to change. Artificial Intelligence will be part of our everyday life.
Therefore, anything involved with technology will be in demand as it was in pre-COVID. As Jeffrey mentioned, 5G technology will open up many opportunities for everyone.
In the end you must find something that you enjoy. That is the most important thing!
Thank you for your question. You've received some good insightful comments shared from the CV Professionals. I'd like to share a brief list for your consideration and research. Best of luck to you!
• IT Careers (Sofware Developers, Database Admins, Computer Systems Analysts)
• Cyber Security
• Platforms (Zoom, WebEx)
• Project Managers
• HR Talent
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There are many professionals fields being impacted by COVID-19 where bright people are needed. An obvious one is the medical profession. While I am not a doctor, I would imagine that medical researchers, or people who develop new drugs or try to understand the nature of different diseases will always be in demand.
I work in the telecom fields, and I know the pandemic is having a strong impact on my industry. For example, many sports events are taking place in stadiums or arenas without fans in attendance. New technologies like wireless 5G, augmented reality, and volumetric video capture are helping fans who have to watch from home feel like they are in the midst of the the action. Also video conferencing technology is making it possible for people to have effective business meeting online instead of in-person at the office. So communication technology is creating new ways for sports fans to have immersive experiences even though they are not able to attend an event in person. The same technology is also helping people collaborate on work without their having to physically be together in a conference room.
As I write I also realize that education is a field where innovative people can have an important impact at this time. There is a great need to come up with new models of education and the tools to support distance learning. When you think about it many fields have been impacted by the pandemic. Small businesses realize that to survive they need to be more digitally smart. They must find new ways to conduct business online, maybe by beefing up their website and enabling their customer and suppliers to interact with them over the internet.
If you already have an idea of what type of work interests you, that would be a good starting point. You can research how COVID is impacting that field. Chances are there are real problems that came to light as a result of COVID. Maybe you can solve some of them.
Best of luck.
Departments that are still hiring during the pandemic: IT, Security, Engineering, R&D, Post Sales (I'm in Customer Success!), and Data (Scientists & Analysts)
Industries performing well despite pandemic: Cybersecurity, Online Collaboration Tools (Webex, Slack, etc.), Logistics & Transportation, Medical & Pharmaceuticals, Food & Beverage, Consulting, BioTech, and Big Law
Of all the above industries, I believe BioTech will really take off after the pandemic. I'd recommend looking up roles within Biotech companies.
Hope this helps!
- Video Conferencing (developer at a company like Zoom or Microsoft)
- Laptops - people need to be able to work from home so companies need to buy their workers all the tech they need to do that (Dell, HP, Apple in most business units)
- Ride-share /delivery services
Then look for the jobs those types of companies are hiring for or think about what you enjoy and how that would fit at that company. A lot of jobs needed are probably software engineering, supply chain, robotics, and other tech and data driven jobs (makes sense because we are becoming a more virtual world).
I think this is a very good questions. I think one thing that pandemic has borough for sure is a sense of uncertainty around the future. I'm not entirely sure what kind of jobs will be sought after, but I do have some thoughts.I think the world has evolved much faster than in the past and has learned heavily into technology. I know that there is a big huge push around virtual and utilizing technology to it's fullest due to the virus.
I would predict that there will be higher demand in tech and that we will see new innovated business models appear to cater to the new way of living the pandemic has brought on.