3 Essential Jobs You Haven’t Thought Of

3 Essential Jobs You Haven’t Thought Of

Though some nonessential Indiana and Illinois workers are returning to work as the state initiates reopening measures, many remain at home. Companies all over the country often encourage employees to work from home, perhaps even to the end of the year, in an effort to reduce person-to-person contact.

Meanwhile, essential workers remain on the job. Considered essential because their work contributes to the health outcomes of others or the continuation (albeit limited) of the economy, essential workers cannot leave their posts to work at home. Many—health-care professionals, teachers, grocery store workers—earn public praise. That said, there are many other essential jobs you haven’t thought of.

Industrial Plant Worker

First, many industrial plant workers are essential. Workers at a power plant are good examples. To retain electricity in people’s homes and other places, these plants must retain at the minimum a reduced staff to operate the plant. In some areas, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 into the facility, workers slept at the plant for weeks instead of returning to their families. Without them, life at home for the rest of us would be much more difficult, which is why measures to support essential industrial plants are helpful during this time.

Manufacturing Employee

Though you see the store employee at the point of sale, manufacturing plants must stay in operation to get the items on your shopping list to you. After all, the supply chain depends on them. And so, manufacturing employees remain at work. Recently in South Florida, Goodwill sewing facilities shifted gears to produce masks for frontline logistics workers, one prime example of the need for manufacturing plants and their staff. Other examples of essential manufacturing include food processing, pet food, beverage production, and food packaging plants.


Another essential job you haven’t thought of—zookeepers. While zoos closed, zookeepers kept coming in to care for the thousands of animals under their care. No matter the events occurring in the world, because zoo animals are entirely dependent on their caretakers for food, water, and attention, zookeepers must come in consistently.

Hope this helps! Stay Safe, We are all in this together! 

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