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COVID-19: What New Jobs Has the Pandemic Created?

what new jobs has the pandemic created

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a lot of changes in our personal and professional lives. In the working world, we have seen a number of new job roles that never would've existed if it wasn't for the coronavirus pandemic. If you're wondering what these jobs are, then you're in the right place. We're going to walk you through some of them and explain what role they've played during the pandemic.

Temperature screeners

One of the ways that companies were able to detect coronavirus (before lateral flow testing became widely available) was by testing people's temperatures. In many places, someone would stand with a thermometer and measure people's temperatures as they entered the premises. While a high temperature didn't necessarily mean that you had COVID-19, it was one of the main symptoms to look out for. Having people screening temperatures helped to control the spread of the virus in busy places such as airports, office buildings and shops.


Contact tracers

We all know that there was a big push for contact tracing during the early days of the pandemic. Contact tracers played a vital role in helping people know when they'd been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus. Whether you'd been sat in the same restaurant, in the same workplace or the same household as someone with the virus, contact tracers were responsible for letting you know.

Of course, now that we have access to rapid lateral flow tests, there's a lot less need for contact tracers. Most people check if they have the virus before and after interacting with others & are able to notify people they've been in contact with themselves. We bet a lot of contact tracers never thought they'd end up in this role!


COVID-19 testers

If you've ever been to a COVID-19 testing centre, then you'll know that there were whole teams of people there helping to keep the operation running smoothly. There were people carrying out the tests, people collecting tests and people organising the tests to be sent off to the relevant laboratories. Again, these types of mass testing centres were more prevalent during the peak of the pandemic before tests became available through the post. For many people, these COVID-19 testers helped play a vital role in keeping our daily lives ticking over. If it was suspected that you had COVID-19, you could go to a test centre and get your results quickly. 


COVID-19 vaccinators

Once we started to roll out the COVID-19 vaccination program, a lot of healthcare professionals were required to distribute the vaccine. They came from all different industries and helped to provide the general public with the first line of defence against the virus. Doctors, emergency care professionals and security staff were all required to help the operation run smoothly. While most of them will have worked in a hospital environment before, it's unlikely that they ever had to distribute vaccines from disused warehouses and other unusual locations (if you've had your vaccines, you know what we mean!) These kinds of jobs would never have existed if we hadn't been confronted with the pandemic.

All hands on deck for fast vaccine production

In addition to the new jobs that were created, a lot of industries found that there was a sudden increase in pressure. Let's take, for example, the pharmaceutical industry. As soon as the pandemic hit, we were all asking ourselves - how long will it be before we have a vaccine to protect the vulnerable.

We know that technology works fast, but some medical treatments take years to develop and test. With the severity of the illness caused by COVID-19 and the pressure that lockdowns were putting on society, the pharmaceutical and biochemical industries had to work overtime to come up with a solution quickly.

We saw a significant increase in the number of jobs becoming available in life-saving scientific industries. They needed the brightest minds and the manpower to be able to roll a safe vaccine out to the masses in the shortest amount of time. Researchers, developers, testers and analysts worked together to come up with a number of life-saving vaccines including the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna vaccine and many others.


Increased production of personal protective equipment

Of course, vaccine production wasn't the only thing that needed to step on the gas when we were faced with this new virus. Face masks, plastic screens and hand sanitiser was all being purchased at unusually fast rates. That meant that production had to speed up to keep up with demand. A lot of new people were employed to keep the production of these products ticking over. We also saw a lot of new private companies emerging that were able to help meet demand. Who knew that the pandemic would insight an entrepreneurial spirit!


Are you someone who's working in a job that didn't exist before the pandemic? Or are you still on the lookout for your dream role? We have a whole range of science job vacancies for you to browse - many of which will see you helping people overcome the devastating impact of COVID-19 over the coming months. Whatever science industry you're interested in, we can help you find a job that you'll love.

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