The pandemic has changed the way people work, live and communicate, and online tools and social media are rapidly evolving and making major changes to our lives.
In some cases, the pandemic has created new jobs that we didn’t even know existed five years ago. Here are a few professions that would have seemed out of place in the past, but now some people make money from them, and a lot of them.
1. COVID Compliance Officer
Dan Slant used to work as a stuntman and later as a film doctor. But when the pandemic hit in 2020, his job changed. “Suddenly there are a lot of rules for film production to keep workers safe,” he said. So he decided to become an employee of a covid enforcement company in Texas. “The on-set compliance officer’s responsibilities include checking every person for COVID-19 every three days, taking temperature, and enforcing social distancing requirements,” he said. However, over time, this profession began to disappear.
Pay range: $20-25 per hour
2. Online Fitness Instructor
Five years ago, Selena Watkins taught gymnastics and worked as a professional dancer. When the pandemic hit in 2020, all the concerts she was scheduled to perform at were cancelled. Then Watkins immediately started doing live fitness classes on Instagram, then created a platform and started teaching via Zoom.
Watkins finds it surprising that people watch her classes from London, Chicago and Tennessee while she teaches from her studio in Los Angeles. “This is very interesting because the pandemic has made it clear how much we need to focus on our well-being, mental and physical health,” she said.
It should be noted that in 2020, the 100 billion dollar fitness industry has turned to online classes and virtual reality fitness.
Salary range: $40,000 to $72,000 per year.
3. Cryptocurrency investment advisor
The volume of the global cryptocurrency asset management market was estimated at $0.67 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $9.36 billion by 2030. However, this comes with huge risks, as the recent crash of FTX has shown.
Mia Samson, a Santa Monica-based financial planner, says she became a certified digital asset advisor out of a desire to better serve her clients. “During the pandemic, cryptocurrencies gained a lot of popularity,” she says. “It was an area that many of us were interested in ourselves as investors, but our clients also turned to us with questions.”
Speaking about her original profession, she notes: “Like any emerging technology, it will take time for more people to embrace it. I definitely see a lot of positives associated with it, but some changes are needed – encryption is evolving so fast that legislation cannot keep up.” behind him. Regulatory framework and standards would help build trust in this space to calm instability and stop illegal activity.”
Salary range: $60,000 to $90,000 per year
4. Influencer Professor MBA
Social media influencer marketing is a big and relatively obscure business, worth $16.4 billion by the end of this year. In fact, even though influencer marketing is now a category in its own right, there are no curricula that teach this type of marketing. That’s why Mohan Savni, a professor at the Kellogg School of Management, started a leadership training program on influence. He started the course in December 2021 and analyzed for his students the strategies followed by famous social media influencers.
Salary range: $57,000 to $184,000 per year
5. Online vet.
Just as human medicine is increasingly moving to virtual visits, veterinary medicine has moved online. Up to 80% of veterinarians under the age of 40 are women, who increasingly want to have flexible hours and work on their own terms. In addition, there is a huge shortage of veterinarians in the cities, which creates long waiting lists. Telemedicine can help with all of this.
Dr. Brian Evans is a veterinarian and clinical director at Dutch, which connects pet owners with veterinarians via video chat. The company claims it has helped 25,000 pets since its launch in January 2021. In any case, telemedicine will never replace physical contact. “It will always be an addition to personal care because telemedicine can’t do surgery, it can’t do blood tests, it can’t make life easier for both veterinarians and patients, though,” says Dr. Evans.
Pay Range: $70,000 – $80,000 per year.