The new year kicked off with a report from the U.S. Department of Labor that December’s job growth was negative for the first month since April 2020. That may sound like bad news for job seekers—but it doesn’t have to be. Most of the job losses were in the hospitality industry, with bars and restaurants slowing or closing as restrictions increased due surging virus cases. But many other industries reported job gains, including transportation and warehousing, healthcare, and professional services.
That’s good news for people looking for a job in 2021: employers in many industries are actively hiring. Even better news is that the job openings range from entry-level to highly skilled. Whatever your level of experience, you can find options by exploring the industries below.
Transportation and warehouse jobs
Throughout the pandemic, goods delivery companies—from giants like Amazon to your local pet store—have seen huge increases in demand. And they need workers in their warehouses and on their delivery teams to help them meet that demand. Some businesses hire their own delivery drivers and some use services such as UPS, FedEx, or the postal service, creating a high demand for drivers in those organizations as well. Job opening in this industry range from entry-level warehouse and fulfillment jobs to logistics and operations manager positions. Also in-demand are commercial driving jobs, which require a CDL license that can be earned in less than two months. (Interested? Find a local CDL training program.) Learn more about this field from the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics overview video, or explore Careers in Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. Then visit Find a job now to search for openings in your local area.
Between caring for ill patients and delivering the newly available vaccines, hospitals and clinics across the country are busy in 2021—and many are increasing staff in key areas. While typical healthcare provider jobs require specific training, licenses, or certifications, you can get started as a certified nursing assistant with a few months of training. (Interested? Find a certified nursing assistant training program in your area; they generally last from 4 to 12 weeks). Other openings are in in healthcare customer service positions—which can be a great option for people who have been displaced from the hospitality industry—or administrative jobs at all levels. Learn more about the healthcare field with this Health Sciences overview video, or explore Careers in Health Science. You can search for openings in your local area at Find a job now.
Professional services jobs
Professional services offer support to businesses in all industries and of all sizes. Typical professional services roles are in specialized fields like information technology, accounting, engineering, or communications and marketing. People in these fields may work as an employee of a business, or they may be independent contractors or consultants (over the past year many businesses have responded to economic uncertainty by increasing their use of consultants to provide professional services). Another characteristic of professional services jobs is that many positions can be remote or virtual. If you have experience in any of these fields, search for you can search local job postings, or find a remote or virtual job. Don’t have training or experience in a professional service? There are still many work-from-home options in customer service and other areas. Visit Find a Remote Job to see what might be a good fit for you.