Countries in Europe and around the world have heavily relied on the health sector throughout the pandemic and can expect it to grow over the coming years. While there will always be demand for healthcare, the pandemic has highlighted its importance and altered its landscape, leaving room for more jobs and opportunities.
A new focus on healthcare after the pandemic will lead to investments in both existing and new roles. These include doctors, pharmacists, infection tracing specialists, virtual hospital managers and 3D printing specialists. With the development of new vaccines, facilities and automated systems, the industry will need people with new skills.
Science and innovation
The pandemic has raised a lot of scientific questions that the world has struggled to answer, leading to demand for scientists and researchers. The crisis has also drawn more attention to science, the environment and innovation. More people are tuning in to scientific developments, the impacts of remote working on the environment and the creation of new solutions.
Professions such as biomedical scientists, biologists, chemical engineers and data analysts will be needed following the pandemic to answer these questions and contribute to developing new innovative ideas and solutions in the future.
The introduction of virtual reality and artificial intelligence into our daily lives has been accelerated by the pandemic. With meetings, classrooms and entertainment swiftly shifting to online platforms, technology and those who know how to use it are in high demand, and this is not expected to change. Many events have taken place online during the pandemic because there was no other option, but this format has proven to not only work but be more cost- and time-efficient.
Information technology is expected to continue to expand at a fast pace and will require a range of new experts. From software developers, programmers and technicians to IT security and technology consultants, the industry is still young and has room to grow.
The communication sector is expected to grow and adapt as more and more digital tools are introduced to it. The pandemic has accelerated the use of many of these tools, leaving a skills gap in how to operate and utilise them. COVID-19 has also drastically increased the number of remote workers, making digital communication crucial.
Jobs such as communications consultants, online event planners, social media managers and media planners are expected to thrive in a post COVID-19 world.
The COVID-19 pandemic was unexpected and has caused the labour market to shift and adapt to the new environment. It has accelerated digitalisation and remote working and highlighted a need to develop and invest in healthcare, science and innovation, information technology and digital communication.
For more information on finding employment following the pandemic, see our Tips to stay relevant in the job market after the pandemic.
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- Publication date
- 19 February 2021
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