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5 Industries With Way More Work-From-Home Jobs Than You’d Expect

August 8, 2016
by Carson Kohler
Junior Writer
Flexible jobs

I’m going to ask a controversial question: Why would you not want to work from home?

I’m able to do it once a week, and I’ve been welcomed into a whole new world. I have coffee just the way I like it, warm pajamas and pup-petting breaks. I move around the house — my desk, my bed, the kitchen counter — as my creative juices flow.

I also save about an hour of my life when I don’t have to look presentable (matching clothes, ugh) or drive to work.

Working from home is great.

FlexJobs, an online aggregator of flexible jobs — seasonal, part-time and remote work — recently surveyed its thousands of postings from 50 job categories.

From the data, it found the five fastest-growing flexible job fields — fields that grew more than 50% in the past year (July 2015 to June 2016).

And we found 10 jobs in these fields you can apply for right now. If your dream is to wear pajamas during the workday, get your resume ready and start applying.

1. Communications

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PeopleImages.com / Getty Images

What a broad category, am I right? But that leaves you with immense flexibility.

Whether you’re interested in public relations, marketing or communications in general, there’s an opportunity for you.

Digital Marketing Associate for Student Loan Hero

We’ve written before about a writing job at Student Loan Hero, and now the company needs a digital marketer to help it expand its reach.

Although you need some experience in the marketing industry, this gig’s benefits are unreal — you’ll get unlimited vacation, a $2,000 equipment stipend and an employer match toward either a retirement fund or your student loan repayment!

Marketing Associate for Museum Hack

This company offers unique museum tours, and it needs a marketing associate to help it connect with more museums and tourists.

You’ll work two to six hours a day, or 10-25 hours a week, and earn $12-$15 an hour. You don’t need a degree; you just need solid writing skills and to know your way around social media.

And you should probably love museums!

2. Engineering

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nullplus /Getty Images

Kudos to you engineers with your acronym-based language and magical equations. Now you can perform some of that magic from home.

Engineering is apparently a growing field for flexible careers, especially for those in the computer science industry — and if you have the skills, you often don’t need a bachelor’s degree.

Full Stack Web Engineer at Wikimedia Foundation

Wikimedia is looking for someone who “can make 450 million pages a day load smoothly, and do so with UX panache.”

You’ll need development experience with PHP, Node.js, HTML, CSS and “a penchant for traversing structured DOMs and hacking through not-so-structured ones,” (whatever that means). A degree is nice, but not necessary.

Benefits include full medical and dental coverage, a 401(k) with a match, monthly massages and more. The company is based in San Francisco, but the listing notes that telecommuting options are available, so ask!

Junior/Mid-Level Software Engineer at Alliance Reservations Network

This 20-year-old travel company needs a developer for this full-time, 9-to-5 remote job.

You’ll need skills in C#, SQL and .NET programming, but you don’t need a degree. To get some eyes on your resume, you’ll first have to pass a coding test.

3. Government and Politics

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People Images / Getty

Surprised to see this category on the list? I was. I always picture dingy cubicles with stark lighting in government buildings, but, according to FlexJobs, more and more government agencies allow for flexible work.

We didn’t find many full-time work-from-home gigs, but plenty of jobs allow for at least some telecommuting.

Digital Campaigner at Demand Progress

As a digital campaigner for Demand Progress, you’ll write emails aimed at engaging the company’s two million subscribers to get involved in campaigns on internet freedom, civil liberties and more.

The ideal candidate lives “for the 24-hour news cycle” and writes clearly and compellingly. You should have at least two years of experience writing online to engage activists, and experience with graphic design, HTML and CSS, press outreach and electoral politics.

Demand prefers candidates who are based in D.C. or New York, but it’ll be flexible if you’re qualified.

Pay for this position is “competitive” and commensurate with your experience. Benefits include health insurance, paid time off and a flexible spending account.

Nutritionist Advisor for Foreign Agricultural Service

If I had a degree in dietetics, food nutrition, food service management or a related science, I’d apply for this six-figure telecommuting job in a second. If this role, you’ll help promote U.S. agriculture around the world while also promoting nutrition and food security.

To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen and capable of obtaining a Secret security clearance.  You’ll also be required to travel to underdeveloped countries.

4. Project Management

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Sasa Dinic / Getty Images

Project managers work in variety of job sectors from engineering to technology to medicine, helping keep everyone’s work on track.

Project Manager at athenahealth

Health care network athenahealth needs a project manager to manage workflows and train clients on the use of its network services.

You’ll need a bachelor’s degree (ideally a Bachelor of Science) and three years of experience, but you’ll get medical and dental coverage, a 401(k) with company match, paid parental leave and more.

Human Resources Project Manager at Xerox

In this role, you’d oversee internal and external HR projects, doing things like planning schedules, allocating resources, monitoring progress and supporting technical personnel.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree and a recognized project management qualification, plus some experience working in project management within payroll or human resources.

Not quite a fit? The company is hiring for a number of other project manager roles, several of which are remote.

5. Travel and Hospitality

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People Images / Getty Images

You might not get to travel the world with some of these jobs, but at least you can work from home. You might even pick up some sweet travel deals, like cruise discounts.

Full-Time Customer Service Agent at Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises is looking for customer service agents to help customers to create the perfect vacation. You’ll need at least one year of customer service experience, preferably in the travel and hospitality industry.

Pay is $10.50 an hour, with performance-based pay raises “on a regular basis.” You’ll also get paid time off, health insurance and a 401(k).

And here’s a great job perk for those of you who love to travel: discounted cruise tickets!

Travel Agent at Options Away

This startup partners with popular travel platforms such as Expedia, Travelocity and CheapTickets to help customers “lock in” the price of their plane tickets while they finish making travel plans.

To become a travel agent, Options Away wants you to have at least three years of experience at a travel agency, with solid communication and computer skills.  

You’ll need to know a lot about ticket processing, flight reservations both domestic and international and using Sabre. Speaking more than one language is a big plus, too.

Your Turn: Will you apply to one of these jobs? If you already work from home, what field do you work in?

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.

by Carson Kohler
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