Top 10 Essential Jobs During a Pandemic or Lockdown in 2020


Published by Classic FM‘Essential, or not?’ – survey dismisses the role of the creative industries during pandemic times.

In an article over the weekend, Singapore’s The Sunday Times revealed the results of a survey on people’s perceptions of essential jobs during a pandemic.

In the poll, the paper asked participants to rank what they saw as the most essential and non-essential jobs. The ‘top five essential jobs’ were taken by healthcare workers, cleaners, essential retail, and other front-line roles.

However, the survey’s list of the ‘top five non-essential jobs’ caused a stir. Telemarketers, social media managers, PR specialists and business consultants all rank as disposable roles at a time of crisis. And at the top of the list is ‘artists’.

Yes, writers, actors, painters, dancers, musicians, composers, creatives, that’s you. But outside of this survey, the world could not disagree more.

According to 

Non-Essential / Nonessential / Not Essential can be defined as the following:


Not essential; not necessary: Nonessential use of gasoline was forbidden during the war.


A nonessential thing or person.

Mzansi Top 10 Took to social media to find out ourselves what the general public thought on The Top 10 Essential Jobs and Top 10 Non Essential Jobs during a Pandemic or lock down in 2020 and this was our findings:

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