Thinking of a Career Change? Here Are Seven Pandemic-Resistant Career Paths

Written by
Josh Jordan

Has the COVID-19 pandemic changed how secure you feel in your career?

Countless “stable” businesses have closed their doors, furloughing or laying off employees to survive. And companies who depend on them for sales have also suffered, which might lead to a recession for months or years to come.

So, if you’re one of the millions re-thinking how you earn your living, here are a few paths for you to consider...

Logistics

With everyone ordering products online they would normally buy from brick-and-mortar stores, there’s significant demand for talent in the logistics industry. In fact, Amazon has just announced they’re hiring 100,000 warehouse & delivery employees.

Furthermore, total ecommerce revenue is up 28% since a state of emergency was declared. This means shipping volumes are at peaks normally only seen during major holidays, and the landscape is rapidly evolving with factory outputs, shipping restrictions, and warehouse capacity constantly shifting.

At each stage of the supply chain, from last-mile delivery to supply chain management, analytics, compliance, and warehouse management needs to expand.

If you’re interested in a logistics career, here are a few good paths:

Position Average Salary Requirements
Warehouse Employee $15/hr High school diploma or equivalent, ability to lift & move heavy packages
Last-mile Delivery $15/hr No major traffic violations, ability to lift & move heavy packages
Supply Chain Analyst $56,000 per year (More in major metros) Bachelor’s degree in related field, experience with SQL and data visualization tools
Long-Haul Trucking $61,479 Class A Commercial Drivers License, no major traffic violations, ability to lift & move heavy objects

Medical

Obviously, in a pandemic scenario, our healthcare system is more important than ever before. Some of the hardest hit areas, such as New York City, are even recruiting talent from other areas to help them surge capacity - and paying a premium rate to do so.

Helping people heal from COVID-19, testing the masses to understand how big the problem is and, eventually, making and vaccinating people are getting big budgets.

Yet the medical industry will stay important far after the coronavirus outbreak peaks. We may have more disease waves and, even if we don’t, we need to safeguard against them. And that’s on top of the increasing millions struggling with chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

With that in mind, if you want to get started in the medical industry, here are a few good paths:

Position Average Salary Requirements
Certified Nursing Assistant $12.33/hr Two week program
Phlebotomist $14.50/hr 1-2 semester certification at a nursing school
Certified Medical Assistant $16.16/hr One-year CMA program
Paramedic $16.50/hr 1-2 year associate's degree
Medical Records Technician $19.40/hr Medical records degree or certificate (<2 years)

Marketing

Even with marketing spend down right now, there’s always demand for marketers who can generate profits for companies. Digital marketing is growing even faster than it was, since many brands need to drive people to buy online.

Position Average Salary Requirements
Marketing Analyst $68,000 per year Bachelor's degree in marketing, or demonstrable portfolio of related marketing projects
Marketing Coordinator $43,452 per year Bachelor's degree in marketing, or demonstrable portfolio of related marketing projects
Social Media Specialist $13.90/hr Bachelor's degree in marketing, or demonstrable portfolio of related marketing projects
Email Marketing Specialist $49,000 per year Bachelor's degree in marketing, or demonstrable portfolio of related marketing projects
PR Specialist $74,000 per year Bachelor's degree in marketing, or demonstrable portfolio of related marketing projects

Vital Property Maintenance

Even when times are tough, homeowners and businesses are unlikely to let major maintenance issues go unaddressed. For that reason, trades such as plumbing and HVAC aren’t going anywhere fast.

As trade schools reopen over the next few months, it may be worth investigating this sort of career if you’re ready to get away from a desk, and help people keep their homes, offices and retail locations comfortable.

Position Average Salary Requirements
Apprentice Plumber $14.93/hr Dependability, ability to pass a drug test, trade school / licensure preferred but not required
HVAC Technician $21.44/hr EPA Section 608 Technician Certification, dependability, ability to pass a drug test
Cleaning / Janitorial Services $37,029 per year No concerning criminal history, working knowledge of how to clean effectively

Project management

Another career path worth investigating is project management. Project managers are responsible for coordinating all the people and resources on a given project through initiation, planning, execution, and completion. If you’re highly organized, typically keep your cool to have clear judgment, and you’re good with people, this might be the path for you.

This skillset is also unique in how portable it is. Project managers are hired in all sorts of industries from information technology to healthcare, finance, energy, engineering and more.

To become a project manager, you may need a bachelor’s degree (depending on where you work), plus experience with a few project management methods (Agile, Scrum, Kanban, Lean, etc.). Ideally, you also need experience with project management tools and with doing some data analysis. U.S. project managers earn $66,137 in median salary per year.

Tech

Technology careers are great when times are good, and they’ve proved to be surprisingly resilient in an economic downturn. The evidence? Over the past month, the Nasdaq Emerging Cloud Index has recovered at more than 5x the rate of the S&P 500.


Tech doesn’t just mean software engineering, either. You can also take other paths into the industry, which may even be faster and just as lucrative, like cybersecurity.

Position Average Salary Requirements
Front-End Software Engineer $111,377 per year Computer Science degree or successful completion of a coding bootcamp (3 months - 2 years)
Back-End Software Engineer $110,643 per year Computer Science degree or successful completion of a coding bootcamp (3 months - 2 years)
Security Analyst $76,410 per year Network+ & Security+ certifications, demonstrable experience monitoring a network and combating threats, or a degree in cybersecurity or IT
Network Administrator $63,043 per year Network+ certification, demonstrable experience setting up and maintaining a network, or a degree in IT

Sales

While each of the career paths above offers a stable career even during a pandemic, perhaps the best way to create a secure career is to enter one of these fields in a sales position.

Sales is often an extremely safe career path if you’re skilled in your craft. This is because sales is a revenue-generator, rather than a cost center for businesses. In plain language, because sales brings in money instead of burning it, management will rarely cut a sales position who is meeting quota.

On the other hand, salespeople who don’t produce enough sales can get cut because their results are measurable. To be great at sales, you first need to love helping people clarify their problems and potential solutions. Here are few well-paying roles for salespeople...

Position Average Salary Requirements
Pharmaceutical Sales $82,984 per year Familiarity with drugs being sold / physicians in area, demonstrable previous sales experience
Medical Equipment Sales $78,534 per year Familiarity with equipment being sold / health administrators in area, demonstrable previous sales experience
Software Sales Development Representative (With Prehired) $110,000 in second year Successful completion of the Prehired training program

Final Thoughts

Clearly, there are several different career paths you could pursue if you’re looking for a new career path allowing you to thrive even in a pandemic or an economic crisis.

Here at Prehired, we’re dedicated to helping people enter new careers in software sales, so they can provide a better life for themselves and their families. Our average member is hired within 12 weeks of starting the program, and earns $73k their first year, with six-figure potential in their second year.

Best of all, you pay us nothing until you’re hired. Interested? Apply here today.

Josh Jordan

As Prehired's Founder & CEO, Josh Jordan is leading the mission to help 10,000 people launch 6-figure software sales careers by the end of 2024.

How? With Prehired's Science-Based Sales® process -- born from helping dozens of software companies build their sales teams...

...and then consulting with hundreds of Software Sales Managers on exactly what they wanted new hires to know...

...and then helping hundreds of regular folks break into software sales in 12 weeks, on average.

Josh created Science-Based Sales® to help nearly anyone succeed in software sales, because it creates clarity for prospects. No killer closer instincts, charisma or kissing up to decision makers needed.

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