Where the jobs aren't: The occupations not getting hired during the COVID-19 pandemic


The people who groom our pets these days have a lot in common with college professors. Event planners share a common bond with physical therapists. What’s the connection? They all work in jobs being lost in 2020 because of COVID-19. As America struggles with the virus, some jobs have declined rapidly and may not be coming back soon, according to a new study by the job listing service, Glassdoor.

To see which jobs are no longer in demand during the virus outbreak that has vastly changed how we are living our lives in 2020, Glassdoor analysts compared the number of job openings listed on its site in October 2020 with the same time period last year.

Audiologists topped the list of jobs most at risk, with a 70% decline in hiring during the pandemic. Other jobs in less demand included event coordinators, which fell by 69%. Product demonstrators suffered a 63% drop, while opticians plummeted by 61%. Chef jobs declined by 56%.

Other job titles suffering losses in 2020 include college instructors, hair stylists and beauty consultants and executive assistants.

Glassdoor also looked at work trends for next year. It predicts working from home will continue to be an option for many employees in 2021 even though COVID-19 vaccines may be in wide distribution then. Currently four out of 10 workers work from home.

Glassdoor also noted the continued exodus by workers from big cities like San Francisco and New York City to smaller, less-expensive communities, since some employees can literally work from anywhere.

As for those who work in fields facing a difficult job market, Glassdoor says the best advice is to "look outside of your industry to jobs that use similar skills to what you already have."

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