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What Jobs Are People Searching for Amid the Pandemic?
February 5, 2021

Study: What Jobs Are People Searching for Amid the Pandemic?

by The CE Shop Team

Americans Are Jumping Into These Five Key Industries 

With the pandemic continuing to infiltrate our everyday livelihoods, many people are considering a career change. Much of this desire for change centers on the high unemployment rate debilitating our economy’s growth. A recent Google Trends report backs up this statement; there’s a clear surge in people searching “how to file for unemployment” in the past 12 months.

Back in March 2020, COVID-19 forced many industries to shut down, which caused companies to cut jobs as a result. While the national unemployment rate has dropped from 14.7%, the peak of its unprecedented rise as seen in April 2020, millions of people are still searching online for new careers they wish to pursue. Within this article, we explain what jobs are the most sought after as the pandemic continues.

Analyzing Search Trends - What Jobs Are People Searching for?

Using Google Trends, we’re able to see what jobs people have been searching for amid the pandemic. The most popular searches include:

Web Developer: A programmer who specializes in the development of online applications, like the website you’re reading right now.

Teacher: A person who helps students of all ages acquire knowledge or skills in a particular field of expertise.

Real Estate Agent: A person who facilitates property transactions like buying, selling, or renting a home or business.

Nurse: A health care professional who focuses on caring for one’s health.

EMT: An ambulance or emergency services technician who provides medical care under a set of protocols.

The Google Trends graphs (featured below) of each profession “represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular. [And] a score of 0 means there was not enough data for this term.”

Please keep this information in mind as we explore each of these professions and why people are making the leap.

How to Become a Web Developer

The recent surge in “how to become a web developer” searches are coming from people looking to code and create web applications for hiring companies. According to, the average salary for a web developer with three to five years of experience is $76,754 per year. However, on average, it only takes three and a half months to complete a coding boot camp. This quick professional training and above-average salary may be fueling these high search results.

How to Get A Real Estate License

One of the most popular job-related searches since the pandemic’s onset has been “how to get a real estate license.” After getting laid off or finding themselves unfulfilled by their current jobs, people are capitalizing on this easily accessible career. It’s not only the freedom and flexibility of real estate that draws career changers; the demand for homes is near inelastic in that people will always need a roof over their heads. Adding to this universally agreed upon notion, real estate can be a great industry to be in after an economic downturn. lists the average real estate agent salary to be $85,295 after a few years of working in the industry.

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How to Become a Nurse

Due to the pandemic, interest in becoming a medical professional has increased substantially. Specifically, queries asking “how to become a nurse” have seen a large uptick. Plain and simple, people want to help and realize that there is a high demand for nurses around the country. To become a nurse, you’ll need to complete courses and earn a degree(s) depending on which nursing path you choose. The average salary for a nurse varies widely by state but usually brings in $31.30 per hour according to Becoming a nurse is also a good option for people looking to do less school and get to work helping people sooner. For those looking to quickly become part of the coronavirus solution, nursing may be the right fit.

How to Become An EMT

“How to become an EMT” has also seen a rise in search queries. The current salary for an EMT is $18 per hour but widely ranges from state to state. To become an EMT, you’ll need to complete roughly 150 hours of training, earn your CPR certification, and take the cognitive and psychomotor exam by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

Remote Jobs Hiring

Our final job search listed isn’t even a specific job at all: remote work. Stuck in their homes, people are finding their career search can go beyond their city and state’s borders. The way we work has changed due to COVID-19. Marketing careers like copywriting and design or coding jobs like web developers and decision scientists can now work from almost anywhere. Additionally, many new careers can be pursued remotely through online education, such as real estate courses at The CE Shop.

Unemployment Information by Industry

The U.S. unemployment rate has suffered but partially rebounded over the past year. For reference, the chart below shows the massive jump in unemployment we saw back from March to April as compared to the past few years:

U.S. Unemployment Rate (2018-2020)

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2018 4.0 4.1 4.0 4.0 3.8 4.0 3.8 3.8 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.9
2019 4.0 3.8 3.8 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.7 3.5 3.6 3.6 3.6
2020 3.5 3.5 4.4 14.8 13.3 11.1 10.2 8.4 7.8 6.9 6.7 6.7


With a 10% increase in unemployment that happened literally overnight, it’s no surprise why people are reconsidering their jobs and searching for new career opportunities. If there is any opportunity to better your livelihoods, this Great Pause would be what Americans needed to reassess their futures.

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