So the question is: Which industries are growing AND have lots of work-from-home jobs?
I may have found some answers in a recent CareerBuilder study about the changing labor market. The study argues that lifestyle changes, technological advancements and globalization are driving economic growth, and lists 17 careers correlated with these trends.
I pulled out eight careers from the list predicted to grow faster than average — and frequently have opportunities to work from home.
Here they are… (you’re welcome).
1. Personal Financial Advisor
Median salary (2015): $89,160
Projected growth (2014-2024): 30%
As a personal financial advisor, you’ll help people manage their finances by offering advice on investments, taxes and retirement, among other things.
You’ll likely need a bachelor’s degree (plus a master’s or certification), but 20% of financial advisors are self-employed — meaning you could meet with clients on your own schedule.
2. Information Security Analyst
Median salary: $90,120
Projected growth: 18%
Want to protect your company’s information from cyberattacks? As an information security analyst, that’d be your full-time job.
3. Software Developer
Median salary: $100,690
Projected growth: 17%
4. Computer Support Specialist
Median salary: $51,470
Projected growth: 12%
If you’re technically inclined, but don’t have the patience to become a programmer, consider becoming a computer support specialist.
5. Medical Records Technician
Median salary: $37,110
Projected growth: 15%
You might not even need an associate degree to enter this hot career. After you gain experience (and as it grows more and more digital), you may be able to find remote opportunities similar to this or this.
6. Technical Writer
Median salary: $70,240
Projected growth: 10%
Although most writing isn’t exactly lucrative, technical writing is an exception. And jobs in the field are in demand!
To get started, you’ll usually need a bachelor’s degree, plus experience in a field like engineering or computer science.
7. Customer Service Representative
Median salary: $31,720
Projected growth: 10%
You may wonder why I write about customer service jobs so often. Here’s the answer: They’re one of the easiest ways to work remotely — they often don’t require much education or experience.
And if you want to work remotely, but loathe the idea of customer service, this post is for you.
8. Interpreter / Translator
Median salary: $44,190
Projected growth: 29%
Do you speak another language? You’re in luck: As the world gets more connected, the need for multilingual people is growing.
While many interpreters and translators work in person, there’s also an abundance of work-from-home opportunities.
Like I said, these eight careers are growing — some much faster than average — and if you want to work from home, I’d say they’re worth exploring!
Your Turn: Do any of these careers appeal to you?
Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.