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3 industries that are getting more techie

There aren’t too many remaining industries that are not substantially transformed by technology and aren’t performed online.

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Five years ago, the idea that nearly every job could be performed online might have sounded ridiculous.

Sure, a team could hold meetings on Zoom, and a few jobs could be conducted exclusively online, particularly in the business field.

But there were still so many industries in which virtual duties seemed impossible, so for the most part; they remained un-encompassed by the digital revolution.

Then, in 2020, COVID-19 struck. Suddenly, industries that never imagined going virtual pretty much had to.

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Doctors performed Medical exams through a computer screen. Teachers instructed their students solely by video conferencing.

In addition, the housing market went entirely virtual to handle maintenance requests.

And those are only three examples. Granted, in all of them, some examples of virtual options existed before the pandemic, and perhaps we would eventually have progressed to where we are today.

Still, COVID sped everything up by years, if not decades. So now that the pandemic has subsided (we hope) let’s look at how the three industries cited above have permanently transformed. 

Healthcare

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Telehealth had been something of an option for nearly a decade. But it was primarily used by the elderly for checkups and to serve young children.

Now it’s in use by nearly half the population. A study by McKinsey and Company found that telehealth visits were up 38 times what they’d been before the pandemic.

Telemedicine services had risen to 14 and 17 percent of all medical visits, though they appear to have leveled out in the past year.

Therefore, this has made telehealth a quarter-billion-dollar industry, with nearly half of all psychiatric appointments and roughly 30% of all drug rehab consults performed remotely. 

Education

In April 2020, if you had a child in school or were a student, either of you essentially got the rest of the year off.

After COVID-19 shut down just about every school in the nation, most teachers were caught entirely off guard on how to continue teaching. 

But most instructors took that summer to train on how to perform their work online. Some states reopened regular classes in August, while others stayed virtual for months. 

What first appeared to be a train wreck became workable and, in some cases, even a beneficial option. To this day, thousands of public schools now offer virtual courses.

Thirty-two percent of high-school students currently take at least one class online, and 75% of schools report they have a plan to keep virtual learning as a permanent alternative in their district. 

Housing market

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Portions of the housing market have been online for a long time, such as home listings and home decor ideas. However, other facets have become virtually common only recently. 

Today, you can essentially obtain whatever you might seek online. So whether it’s being able to see what your house would look like when it’s painted a different color or setting up a system to manage an apartment, it’s all on the web.

Although some of this technology existed before the pandemic, it was not to the current extent of today.

Today, companies can essentially run everything to do with a home purchase or rental, including eviction services, maintaining a website, or setting up payment plans online. 

This trend has led thousands of homeowners and apartment complexes to shift all their activities to a virtual platform.

The future

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There aren’t too many remaining industries that are not substantially transformed by technology and arent performed online. Nevertheless, there will always be a means to escape the virtual world.

Online learning doesn’t work for every student. Sometimes you must see a doctor in person to feel adequately cared for.

And there’s nothing quite like stepping inside a home or apartment when you’re aiming to occupy it. 

Recent development might make you wonder whether the technology boom has been good.

Of course, the answer will differ for each person, but at least it provides more options and services for those who might otherwise be unable to obtain them.

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Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.

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