Finding A Career During and Post COVID-19

  • In-Demand Skilled Trade Jobs During COVID-19

    OKLAHOMA CITY - November 04, 2020




    In-Demand Skilled Trade Jobs During COVID-19

    We've lived most of 2020 under the cloud of a global pandemic that's impacted nearly every aspect of our lives. But sitting and waiting for things to return to some semblance of normal could set you back in your career and limit your ability to grow.  11-4-2020

    Let's take a look at the skilled trades jobs that are in-demand in the midst of COVID-19 and beyond, so you can make plans for your next job. 


    The pressure put on the transportation and logistics industry in the last few months has led to an increased demand for workers, specifically delivery drivers. Since May 2020, more than 290,000 jobs have been added in the transportation and warehousing industry.

    From the companies you know like UPS, FedEx, and Amazon, to more local distributors, stores, and restaurants, more businesses are looking for reliable team members to make sure deliveries are made safely and on-time

    A report from labor market analytics company Emsi shows more than 800,000 job postings across the U.S. for delivery drivers with an average annual salary of $32,000. 


    Despite many businesses having to adjust the way they work, one industry that has kept a regular schedule is construction. From new construction on homes and businesses to the homeowners who've been stuck inside and decide they want to remodel, this industry needs more hard workers

    In fact, a recent survey of contractors done by the USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index found that 89% report moderate to high levels of difficulty in finding skilled workers. For those who have an interest, experience or a willingness to learn, there are jobs available in the construction industry, with room for growth as we look ahead to the end of the pandemic. 


    Since we first heard the term COVID-19, frontline workers like nurses have been leading the way in treating and caring for not only patients with the Coronavirus, but anyone who comes needing medical help. They are heroes and they deserve our admiration and support. 

    One way healthcare provers are supporting nurses by hiring additional staff to allow those who have been working so hard since the beginning of the year to have some much-needed rest.

    The fastest way to enter the nursing field is by becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Unlike a licensed practical nurse (LPN), CNA's only have to earn a certification to be able to work, meaning you won't be required to have a license or pass a state-mandated exam. Becoming a CNA will require completing a locally-approved training program that typically lasts four to 12 weeks. 

    As a CNA, you'll be responsible for gathering supplies for nurses or doctors, taking vital signs, changing patient's dressings, and cleaning rooms and bed linens. 


    As businesses recover and continue to try to meet demand, many are not ready to make a large investment in buying new equipment. That means they need to have people in place to keep their current machines running well.

    That's why maintenance roles are seeing an increase in demand. From keeping heating and cooling systems up and running, to making sure industrial machine equipment is efficiently working to meet demands, maintenance technicians will play an important role in the economic recovery post COVID-19

    No matter what path you take, remember this, there is hope for the other side of the global pandemic. Whether you're considering a career change or looking to start your career, there will be, and currently are, opportunities that can help you gain personal and professional success.

    For nearly four decades, Express Employment Professionals has helped millions of people find work across North America. Contact one of our more than 825 locally owned Express offices today to learn more about opportunities available with the more than 82,700 client companies we work with each year.