10 Jobs That Are Booming Right Now

Companies That Are Hiring for Immediate Openings

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If you’re looking for work right now, you have a lot of company. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, over one million workers filed for unemployment each week from mid-March through late-August 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). During that time period, there were 20 weeks of unemployment claims topping 1 million or more. Claims were 965,000 for the week ending January 9, 2021.

Who's Hiring Now

The U.S. Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate remained at 6.7% and there were 140,000 job losses in December 2020. There were employment increases in professional and business services, retail trade, and construction. Employment in leisure and hospitality and in private education declined.

If you’ve been laid off or were looking for work before the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, you might tailor your search to industries that are hiring now. 

In the early days of the pandemic, many state and local governments urged citizens to stay at home when possible. This had a chilling impact on sit-down dining, brick-and-mortar retail, and other related businesses. But online shopping and delivery have surged, and essential services like healthcare and warehousing are hiring rapidly to meet demand.

Some of these rapidly growing sectors offer high pay to professionals with the right qualifications. Recent data from Indeed showed that jobs like registered nurse, truck driver, and service technician are booming right now.

Companies That Are Hiring Now

Here are some companies that are hiring now to fill immediate openings:

To find more immediate openings, search Indeed using "immediate hire" and "urgently hiring" as search terms. Add your location to find jobs near you. Search LinkedIn using hashtags like #immediatehiring, #hiringnow, and #hiring to find current openings.

Jobs With Immediate Openings

Looking for a new job—or thinking about changing careers entirely? One of these jobs might a good fit. These 10 occupations are hiring right now:

Registered Nurse

At the start of the pandemic, Nurse.org reported that travel nurses and respiratory therapists were earning $10,000 a week or $100,000 for a 13-week stint to work in New York City, then a COVID hot spot.

However, registered nurses were in high demand even before COVID-19. The BLS expects RN job openings to grow 12% between 2018 and 2028. And Indeed ranks registered nurse as No. 1 on its list of fastest growing high-paying jobs.

Per the BLS, registered nurses earn a median annual salary of $73,300. 

Delivery Driver

Indeed reports a huge surge in job openings for delivery drivers in the last few weeks, with recent listings from employers like UPS, grocery chains, and health care companies, and gigs through on-demand apps like DoorDash.

According to the BLS, these jobs typically require a high school diploma or equivalent and pay a median annual salary of $32,020. 

Restaurant Manager

The National Restaurant Association estimates that 8 million restaurant workers lost their jobs (at least temporarily) during quarantine. However, there are encouraging signs that the industry is coming back. For example, Indeed reports thousands of job openings for restaurant managers in recent weeks.

To excel in this job, you need experience. The BLS says that restaurant managers typically have a high school diploma and several years of food service experience under their belt. Some may have additional training and education from a culinary school, technical institute, or college. The median annual salary for a restaurant manager is $55,320, per the BLS.

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists, who work with patients with breathing difficulties, are another key group on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight. Like RNs, their pay has increased at hospitals in coronavirus hotspots.

In less dangerous times, respiratory therapists' pay is competitive; their median annual salary is $61,330 per year, according to the BLS. Employment in respiratory therapist jobs is are expected to grow 21% between 2018 and 2028.

Fulfillment Center Associate

With consumers sticking close to home, online orders are booming and retail companies are hiring to meet increased demand. At the start of the pandemic, Amazon advertised for 175,000 full- and part-time positions in their fulfillment centers around the country. Glassdoor reports that fulfillment center associates earn an average annual salary of $35,950.

Real Estate Agent

You might not expect a housing boom right now, but that’s what the data shows. Redfin reports that site traffic is up 40%, according to NPR, while the National Association of Realtors reports that home sales rose 15% from June to July. 

Accordingly, Indeed says that job postings for real estate agents are also on the rise —the job title was No. 17 in their list. The BLS estimates that real estate brokers and agents earn a median annual salary of $50,730.

Dental Assistant

Dental offices are open again—and apparently staffing up. Indeed reports a surge of both dental assistant and dental hygienist jobs. But if you’re transitioning to the field, you may be able to land a dental assistant position in less time. In some states, you may even be able to learn on the job. The BLS reports that dental assistants earn a median annual salary of $40,080.

Service Technician

These skilled technicians provide maintenance, repair and customer support services in a variety of industries, including IT, automotive, and appliances. Glassdoor reports that service technicians earn an average annual salary of $37,437.

Online Teacher

Schools across the company have canceled on-site classes and moved online for the duration of the pandemic. As a result, many online learning companies are hiring for teachers and tutors. For example, USA Today noted that the online educational company Outschool hired for 5,000 online K-12 teachers earlier this year.

Teaching jobs are growing, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which projects an 11% increase (much faster than average) in the postsecondary field between 2018 and 2028.

Insurance Agent

The BLS predicts that insurance agent jobs will grow 10% between 2018 and 2028, so it’s no surprise that this job make Indeed’s ranking at No. 12. This job pays a median annual salary of $50,940 and some agencies will hire workers with a high school diploma and train them on the job.

How to Find the Jobs

  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop recently rolled out an Employment Recovery center focused entirely on post-pandemic job searching. Start here for information on unemployment benefits, job search strategies, and career change tips.
  • Glassdoor has a list of the top companies with hiring surges due to COVID-19, as well as a list of in-demand job titles you can search for openings in your area.
  • Search the top job sites, using keywords for the type of job you're interested and your location. Many companies have fast-tracked the hiring process for in-demand positions.
  • Check out HelpOneBillion. There are over 500,000 current job openings from companies who want to hire quickly to fill the positions.
  • Search social media using hashtags like #hiringnow and #hiring to find immediate openings.
  • Consider adding #readytowork to your Indeed Resume to alert employers of your immediate availability.

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