Essential Workers and Job Security

Kevin Gardner

Essential workers are those that keep everything running

There is a lot of talk of essential jobs right now, and it’s worth dissecting what the term means. Essential jobs are, as the name implies, positions that are deemed to be of the utmost importance for the sake of continued infrastructure during emergencies. Therefore, these roles must continue to be filled while other workers would be advised or mandated to stay home. While essential workers face additional risk, there’s no denying the job security of these positions, and so one can learn from this situation how to continue to prosper in hard times. Here are a few examples of essential positions that can offer you security.

CDL Drivers

CDL stands for Commercial Driver’s License, and the name is telling. A CDL is required in order to drive a commercial grade vehicle, such as a semi truck, for commercial purposes. For example, a CDL is required in order to haul cargo on a semi. For a more comprehensive breakdown on the , simply search “What is a CDL driver?” CDL drivers offer a vital service primarily by moving products from one place to another, typically from a manufacturer to a distributor. This qualifies as an essential job, because this is the means by which grocery stores and other retailers receive their products. Therefore, without CDL drivers, food supplies run out very quickly. CDL drivers typically work long hours on and off, and that makes this job not only essential, but fairly lucrative at the cost of being arduous for some people.

Grocery Store Personnel

If the drivers that supply grocery stores are essential workers, then it follows that the grocery store staff is also essential. Grocery stores provide the majority of food for the majority of people, so grocery stores remain staffed during periods of lockdown. The same logic applies for a variety of establishments that sell food and drinks, because they are providing a service that can’t simply stop without major repercussions. This applies to grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, and similar retail businesses that offer food and drinks.

Medical Personnel

This almost goes without saying, but medical personnel are also considered essential workers. This is because they must continue to treat patients suffering from illnesses or injuries, especially when the disaster is of an inherently medical nature, as it currently is. Doctors and other medical staff are the frontline defense against the current crisis for that very reason. Likewise, pharmacies are considered essential businesses, not only because they provide food and drinks, as mentioned above, but also because they serve as the primary means of receiving over the counter and prescription medicine outside of the much more limited supplies on hand in hospitals.

Military Personnel

Every branch of the US Military exists to protect US citizens against things that may or may not happen, and those nebulous possibilities still hold in the event of a crisis. However, the military has a long history of aiding private citizens directly during times of crisis. The National Guard, for example, is often the first line of defense in times of tragedy. Military is deployed in situations like this to provide extra personnel to other organizations and sometimes to keep the peace, making them essential workers.

Power Plant Personnel

Electricity is almost as important as food and water, making power plant workers essential personnel. The generation and distribution of electricity is so fundamental that the presence or absence of these workers ripples out to affect all of the other groups described here. Electricity is necessary for much of the operations that take place in a hospital, for instance, and extended food storage depends entirely on electricity. While many operations could continue without electricity, there is uniformly a decrease in the effectiveness and efficiency of various jobs, essential or otherwise, during power outages.

Essential workers are those that keep the system running during times when, due to unforeseen tragedy, many businesses and workers are suspended for the sake of safety. While it is potentially better for you, financially, to be among these essential workers, one should also be grateful for their services, if you’re not among them.


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