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Temperature screeners, Covid-19 testers. These jobs were created by pandemic


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Stanley Fong

The coronavirus pandemic has changed almost every facet of American life, from how we work to how we consume, and in so doing destroyed millions of jobs. 

Yet the virus has also also created a demand for new types of work. As companies consider how to bring their employees back into offices in the safest way possible, many are hiring temperature screeners and Covid-19 testers. With weddings and work meetings playing out over screens, there are openings for video platform support specialists. 

“In past recessions, we’ve had growth in jobs for debt collectors and bankruptcy advisors,” said Julia Pollack, a labor economist at ZipRecruiter, a job marketplace. “Here we have a public health disaster that’s created a wide range of roles needed to contain the disease and increase the confidence of American consumers.” 

At CNBC’s request, Pollack analyzed ZipRecruiters’ job listings for positions borne out of COVID-19. Here are eight that are likely to increase in popularity. 

“Many of the jobs we’re seeing have risen pretty quickly, but they’re not nearly at the high point we expect,” Pollack said. 

1. Contact tracers

Contact tracers call others who might have COVID-19.


Contact tracers will call people who might have contracted the virus to provide tips and try to arrange testing.

The work can typically be done from home, part-time or full-time, and pays up to $25 an hour. 

2. Covid-19 testers 

These workers will conduct swab tests at hospitals, nursing homes, factories and offices.

The positions will likely be filled by registered nurses and nursing assistants. The pay can be as high as $45 an hour.  “These opportunities are open to many people who are willing to invest in the skills training,” Pollack said.

“And this will still be a growing job for quite a while as factories and companies reopen.”

3. Covid-19 caregivers

Honor connects older adults with caregivers using its app-based technology.

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Man buying essentials at the grocery store during the quarantine and wearing a facemask.


People around the country could be wearing face masks for years, according to some predictions, and so the demand for the coverings will stick around too. 

Pollack expects companies to welcome back their employees with logo-branded masks. They could also be sold at  sporting events and concerts, she said. 

Pay for people who can make the coverings can be as high as $18 an hour. 

8. Zoom support specialists

As teachers adapt to virtual classrooms, and doctors perform exams via screen, there’s a growing need for video platform technical support.

“There’s a huge demand for people who can help facilitate video meetings,” Pollack said.  

Hourly pay can go up to $25 an hour. 


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