What are your career goals for 2016?
If one is to start working from home, we’ve got some good news for you: The number of remote positions is skyrocketing. Positions are opening up in every field from health care to customer service.
To help narrow down your options, FlexJobs — a careers database specializing in telecommuting, freelance, part-time and flexible opportunities — combed through its data to determine the 100 companies that listed the most remote jobs last year.
Best of all?
You can be confident these opportunities aren’t scams — FlexJobs hand-screens every job and company to make sure they’re professional, flexible and legit.
So if you’re looking to start your work-from-home career, keep reading…
Which Companies and Industries Have the Most Remote Jobs?
FlexJobs discovered a 36% jump in the number of “telecommute-friendly” jobs posted on its site from 2014 to 2015 — a significant increase over the 26% growth it saw from 2013 to 2014.
We happily interpret this data to mean work-from-home jobs are here to stay.
Although almost every industry has some remote positions, certain industries hire far more remote workers than others.
If you dream of working in yoga pants, FlexJobs deems these the “top seven career fields” (and associated companies) for flexible positions:
- Computer and IT: Dell, IBM, Apple, etc.
- Medical and health: UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Cigna, etc.
- Sales: American Express, Appen, GE, etc.
- Administrative: Kelly Services, Healthfirst, McKesson, etc.
- Customer service: Sutherland Global, Amazon, LiveOps
- Education and training: Connections Academy, K12, Kaplan, etc.
- Marketing: About.com, ADP, HD Supply, etc.
As for the job titles themselves, FlexJobs says these are most common:
Writer, engineer, marketing manager, health care consultant, case manager, development director, recruiter, sales representative, account executive, IT analyst, clinical research associate, project manager and interpreter/translator.
Who’s Hiring Remote Workers?
FlexJobs listed 100 companies in its list, all of which frequently hire remote workers.
Keep in mind: This is a self-selected sample. FlexJobs based its findings entirely off the employers that chose to post jobs on its site.
You can assume, therefore, many more companies are hiring remote workers than just the ones on its list. (A good thing, in our opinion!)
Here are some of our favorites from FlexJobs’ list — as well as the cool jobs they have available.
City Manager — Amazon Restaurants: Love food? Help the world’s biggest retailer drive sales and marketing efforts for its new restaurant division.
Quit Coach: What a cool opportunity! This position in the burgeoning healthcare industry lets you counsel smokers as they try to quit — helping both their health and their finances.
At-Home Advisor: If you enjoy troubleshooting technical problems, this is an amazing chance to get your foot in the virtual door at one of the world’s most innovative companies. Here’s a look at what it’s like.
A Place for Mom
Senior Living Adviser: Finding care for aging relatives can be an extremely stressful experience. As a phone rep with this company, you’ll provide compassionate help to people during their search.
Part-Time Elementary Teacher: Are you a teacher looking for the next stage of your career? This company has some cool opportunities to teach from the comfort of your own home.
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Your Turn: Is working from home one of your goals this year?
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.