These 8 Fast-Growing Industries Have Lots of Work-From-Home Jobs

Updated September 6, 2016
by Susan Shain
Senior Writer
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You want to work from home, but don’t know where to start. After all, you don’t want to jump into a career in a dying industry or one that doesn’t have many remote jobs.

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

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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

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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.

Because the job relies so heavily on technology, you could eventually find many opportunities to work from home (examples here and here).

3. Software Developer

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Median salary: $100,690

Projected growth: 17%

We know you know: Remote job boards are filled with software developer jobs.

But you don’t need a degree to get them. You can attend a coding bootcamp, a free coding university, or even teach yourself online.

Once you’ve nailed down your skills, you can apply to jobs like this or this.

4. Computer Support Specialist

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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.

I see work-from-home opportunities in this field all the time — just like this sweet gig with Automattic or this one with Knack.  

5. Medical Records Technician

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Median salary: $37,110

Projected growth: 15%

Want to be part of the booming health care industry, but don’t want to touch people? How about becoming a medical records technician?

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

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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.

As with other types of writing, you’ll often be able to work remotely. For example, here are two technical writing jobs open right now at GitHub and Spatial Front.

7. Customer Service Representative

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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.

Just in the past week, we’ve written about part-time, seasonal and sports-related customer service jobs. Hint: If you don’t see any that are a good fit, keep checking our Facebook page.

And if you want to work remotely, but loathe the idea of customer service, this post is for you.

8. Interpreter / Translator

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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.  

Case in point: this freelance translator job or this gig for Vietnamese speakers.   

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.

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