25 recession-proof jobs that are hiring right now

  • Many industries have been hit hard during the pandemic but some jobs saw an increase in demand. 
  • Labor Economist Julia Pollack analyzed the 25 jobs experiencing the most growth right now. 
  • Fields like e-commerce, biotech, and delivery services have grown significantly.
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When the pandemic hit last March, some industries and jobs were severely hit.

A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office predicts that the number of people employed will return to prepandemic levels by 2024. That’s a long ways away. 

In the meantime, if you’re looking for work, it might make sense to target an industry that has experienced growth during the pandemic.  

Julia Pollack, a labor economist online employment marketplace ZipRecruiter, shared with Insider a list of pandemic-proof occupations — that is, jobs that didn’t suffer a fall in demand due to the pandemic, but actually experienced an increase.

The list below includes the percent increase in employed workers in each role from February to December (or November in cases where December job information was not yet available), as well as the percent increase in job postings on the ZipRecruiter website from February to December. You can also find links to some available roles. 

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1. Delivery drivers

Percent increase in employment, February – December 2020: 26.16%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 67.38%

Find delivery driver job listings here.

2. Mortgage and non-mortgage loan brokers

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 23.37%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 37.23%

Find loan broker listings here.

3. Home center staff

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 12.13%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 42.35%

Find home center staff listings here. 

4. Warehouse club and supercenter staff

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 9.45%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 25.38%

Find warehouse and supercenter staff listings here.

5. Tax preparation professionals

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 9.44%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 27.15%

Find tax preparation professional listings here. 

6. Computer and video game console producers

Percent increase in employment, February – December 2020: 10.54%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 71.92%

Find computer and video game console producer listings here. 

7. New housing general contractors and builders

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 8.08%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 131.58%

Find housing contractor listings here.

8. Surgical appliances and supplies manufacturers

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 7.85%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 19.05%

Find surgical appliance manufacturer listings here.

9. Recyclable materials wholesalers

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 7.65%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 26.35%

Find wholesaler listings here.

10. Building material and garden supply store
workers

Percent increase in employment, February – December 2020: 7.48%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 34.86%

Find building material worker listings here, and garden supply store worker listings here.

11. Gun and ammunition manufacturers

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 7.05%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 64.29%

Find gun ammunition manufacturer listings here.

12. Biotechnology researchers

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020:6.61%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 46.03%

Find biotech researcher listings here.

13. Warehousing and storage workers

Percent increase in employment, February – December 2020: 7.26%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 190.10%

Find warehouse and storage worker listings here.

14. Art dealers

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 5.88%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 37.50%

Find art dealer listings here.

15. Ornamental and architectural metal workers

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 5.47%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 22.23%

Find metal worker listings here.

16. Slaughterhouse workers

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 5.44%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 15.96%

Find slaughterhouse worker listings here.

17. Animal food production workers

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 5.02%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 13.15%

Find animal food production worker listings here.

18. Agricultural implement producers

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020:4.87%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 34.62%

Find agricultural producer listings here.

19. Insurance agents

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020:4.85%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 19.42%

Find insurance agent listings here.

20. Veterinarians and veterinarian assistants

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 4.65%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 56.60%

Find veterinarian listings here.

21. E-commerce specialists

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 4.57%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 163.24%

Find e-commerce specialist listings here.

22. Emergency medicine physicians

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 4.33%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 10.91%

Find emergency medicine physician listings here.

23. Nanotechnology researchers

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 4.07%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 16.73%

Find nanotechnology researcher listings here.

24. Breakfast cereal manufacturers

Percent increase in employment, February – November 2020: 3.82%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 29.54%

Find cereal manufacturer listings here.

25. Central bank staff

Percent increase in employment, February – December 2020: 4.15%

Percent increase in ZipRecruiter job postings: 16.43%

Find central bank staff listings here.

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