I’m not sure what time period “in the wake of” refers to, as the virus is given a decent probability (by several epidemiologists) of resurfacing in the late Summer/Fall of 2020 – and a vaccine will not be available until at least Winter 2020, if not 2021. We’ve got 18 months of this…according to some public health experts. So, my suggestions here are to apply to the near to medium term future including any ‘interim’ period between* outbreaks. It’s the new normal folks.
*NOTE: Also: Dennis Carroll of the Global Virome Project predicts a viral pandemic/outbreak will occur every 2-3 years.
Truckers (high wage) will be in high demand, of course, along with grocery workers (low to medium wage). Sanitation workers – specifically bio-hazard workers and decontamination companies – as well as emergency shelter construction companies (temporary field hospitals and ‘medical stations’, such as we have here in WA state) will see growth going forward (as, hopefully, states learn many valuable lessons about preparedness [see note, above])
Teachers and teaching aides (assisting with ‘teleschooling’ classes/lessons) and ‘home-schooling consultants’ (not to forget baby sitters and ‘parental assistants’ (to give parents a break from having kids at home all day).
Remote instruction (e.g., fitness trainers) of many kinds will be in demand as will be audio/visual technicians to produce (e.g., pro-editing) the content prior to publishing or streaming.
The surging popularity of home (cable TV) streaming content (and cable-exclusive entertainment) – already seeing strong growth – will drive strong demand for film/television producers/production companies (and their production /technical crews).
I see 3D printing outfits specializing in basic bio-medical (prophylactic) equipment (esp. those with latent capacity and/or moderate scalability) – already being called upon to produced respirator masks – will be positioned for growth and/or consolidation into larger manufacturing centers.
In the event of a prolonged pandemic, or a second one, Home Health Aides (these are, non-nurse, trained/certified healthcare workers that do basic home healthcare assistance and assist with prescribed treatments like physical therapy) will be in great demand by recovery stage patients (and their families) convalescing at home (plus, many families may opt for home healthcare given the high risk/fatality rate of elderly people at assisted living and retirement communities during an outbreak).
I think people will return to restaurant eating, but slowly and not likely in the same numbers. Food / meal trucks – already a growing trend here in Seattle – will continue growing in number – but with the proviso that these be certified and inspected (to allay peoples concerns about pathogen spread).
Lastly (for now), laws and regulations established in the wake of this pandemic (and addressing future risks of new contagions) will require a COMPLIANCE industry to inspect trucks, food prep facilities (and equipment) and issue certifications (or citations for fines) and collection of fines…
As for working entirely from home: this ‘growing trend’ (more like an ‘explosion’ of late) is LONG over-due (in terms of becoming ubiquitous or pervasive in occupations formerly still operating ‘in situ’); it was all predicted by Alvin Toffler (The Third Wave) in 1981 and he referred to it as the “electronic cottage” effect (or phenomenon).