Best ordinary jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic


by Jannelle Calderon


This is a list of the best jobs to work in a pandemic. Essential workers bypass any governmental These jobs are overall reliant and flexible. Of course celebrities, professional athletes and government officials do not count here because they have a level of privilege and resources many cannot achieve or gain. 

This is not in any specific order


  • Communications specialist- Marketing, Journalists and Personal Relations christin-hume-Hcfwew744z4-unsplash.jpg
    • With social media and TVs being in everyone’s home and people wanting to be informed of the rapidly changing news during the pandemic, it is easy for people in this career to get their message out. As much as people like to hate on the media, it is an essential tool to keep communities safe and educated. Many journalists can work from home as technology has advanced and allows them to write, broadcast and record segments.


  • ruchindra-gunasekara-GK8x_XCcDZg-unsplash.jpgStore/Warehouse associate
    • This job cannot be done online but it is very needed as people go out to shop for their homes, stores need to stock up on produce and supplies. Many grocery stores are hiring to make up for the high demand and some are also increasing wages since employees are risking their, and their families, health and safety. Warehouse workers are at an advantage that they do not physically see costumers but they are valuable in delivering the necessities to stores.


  • etienne-girardet-sgYamIzhAhg-unsplash.jpgConstruction worker
    • Cannot be done online but construction can be done outside with significant space and distance between workers– but must be enforced or at any point, workers can gather and accidentally spread the virus to colleagues while asymptomatic. Since fewer people are on the road, their job efficiency may increase. Many construction workers also have unions to back them up on job benefits and working conditions.


  • siavash-ghanbari-A8UfuZ9hr1Q-unsplash.jpgPsychologist
    • With tough times and stress, people need someone to talk to. Psychologists, therapists and life coaches can talk to their clients through the phone or a video call. They can be paid through Paypal, Venmo, CashApp, ApplePay or simply transferring from one account to another through a bank’s mobile app. But patients may not have an income, so consultations may have to be postponed, discounted or delayed in payment.


  • IT/Computer Technicianmarkus-spiske-466ENaLuhLY-unsplash.jpg
    • With so many people working from home, trouble with computers, programs and software is bound to happen. Although technical issues that require physical tools may not be immediately fixed, costumers can be guided through fixing bugs and mishaps through a phone call or video chat.


  • robert-anasch-s04x1QTNnCA-unsplash.jpgDelivery driver
    • Since people are stuck at home, food and products must be delivered to their homes. Online orders are filled and then the deliverer can drop off the package without talking or touching the receiver, unless payments have to be cash, like for some pizza places. Mail and package deliverers continue to do their job, which has increased as people order supplies that have sold out in-store.


  • national-cancer-institute-bM4MXYPY61U-unsplash.jpgHealth care specialist
    • Doctors and nurses that are in the frontline of this pandemic shown to be most affected not only by the illness but by stress and lack of sleep. Many have opted to not see their families in fear of spreading the virus. Some doctors and nurses are lucky and don’t have to be at the hospital. Instead, they are using video calls to consult patients through their concerns. It is a recession-proof career since people will always need to be taken care of and your bills will always be paid. But what’s the price to pay?


  • emran-yousof-k8ZbMQWbx34-unsplashRestaurant cooks
    • Although more people are cooking at home at this time, the occasional take out and in-home date night still gives restaurants some business while closed to the public. Mobile apps like UberEats, Postmates and DoorDash can help with this transition to take-out exclusive dining. Although most waiters and servers are out of a job, for now, cooks are running the show to fill the orders.


  • Police officersjordan-crGG3QXuyPc-unsplash.jpg
    • With fewer people on the street, police officers’ responsibilities and tasks switch to more civic-focused, but they keep their jobs and keep helping people. People being forced to be home during this time may cause domestic violence to rise, but it might go unnoticed for fear that the abuser might hear the victim call the police. Police officers can also help businesses to keep their businesses safe while they are closed.


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  • Professors/Teachers
    • Although it is not the most perfect situation to teach online, especially for students that need hands-on projects in order to conceptualize, teachers have adapted to video teaching and post assignments and lectures online. Their curriculum would basically be like homeschooling. They can keep their job and teach as efficiently as possible. There’s the challenge of students perhaps not having internet connection or the needed technology but schools and school districts have come up with device loaning, and internet companies like Cox have come up with free or discounted plans.



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