6 Work-From-Home Jobs That Are Perfect for Grown-Up Nerds

Forget what the bullies tried to say. Being a nerd is a compliment, not a diss.

You can definitely benefit from all that knowledge and the drive to excel.

Case in point: These six work-from-home jobs are perfect for grown-up nerds.

For Former Debate Club Nerds

Do you know your way around an argument? Do you have the deduction skills to decide what side presents the most persuasive appeal?

Here’s a neat gig that’ll bring you back to your days on the debate team.

1. Debate Tournament Judge at QallOut

QallOut, an online community for live social media video debates, is looking for a part-time debate tournament judge.

Pay: $12 an hour

Responsibilities include:

  • Watching debates online
  • Creating four- to seven-minute videos assessing the debates and declaring a winner
  • Providing constructive criticism on how debaters can improve their arguments

Applicants for this position must have former debate experience. A background in journalism, communications or political science is preferred.

Apply here to be a debate tournament judge for QallOut.

For Gamer Nerds

If your love for gaming hasn’t changed since the days of Super Nintendo, check out this job opening.

2. Gaming Support Professional at Sutherland

Sutherland is looking to hire remote gaming support professionals who can provide customer service and technical support for a large gaming platform.

This is a part-time position, with weekly hours ranging from 20 to 29. Support techs will be expected to work full-time — and potentially overtime — during the week of Dec. 24 to 30 (including Christmas).

Pay: The amount of compensation was not included in the job listing, but I’ve reached out to the company to see if they’ll disclose the expected pay range.

Responsibilities include:

  • Responding to and resolving customer problems or needs
  • Troubleshooting support issues

Applicants for this position must have:

  • Experience as a gamer or a background in gaming technical support
  • A minimum of one year of customer service experience
  • Technical savvy
  • Familiarity with the gaming environment and social networking
  • Related equipment including a computer monitor, headset and high-speed internet

Benefits include eligibility for a performance-based incentive bonus.

Apply here to be a gaming support professional at Sutherland.

For STEM Nerds

For the love of STEM, it seems like everyone’s convinced studying science, technology, engineering or math is the path to a winning career. These tutoring jobs will help the next generation excel in those subject areas.

3. Online Math Tutor for Brainfuse

Educational platform Brainfuse is looking for online tutors to teach students college-level calculus, statistics and finite mathematics. This is a contract position where you can create your own schedule.

Pay: $12 to $13 an hour

Responsibilities include tutoring the following subject areas:

  • Statistics
  • Calculus (multivariable, vector, business)
  • Linear algebra
  • Differential equations
  • Discrete math
  • Finite mathematics

Applicants for this position must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A computer with a stable internet connection

See here for information on how to apply to this position.

4. Online Science Tutor for Brainfuse

Brainfuse is also hiring for online tutors to teach college biochemistry. This is also a contract position where you can create your own schedule.

Pay: $11 an hour

Responsibilities include teaching students biochemistry on a college level.

Applicants for this position must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A computer with a stable internet connection

See here for information on how to apply to this position.

For Nerds into Standardized Testing

Was studying for the SAT or ACT your thing in high school? Got the chops to help others perfect their scores? If so, check out these jobs.

5. SAT/ACT Coach for Testive

Test prep site Testive is looking for coaches who can help students prepare for the SAT and ACT. This is a part-time job with flexible hours.

Pay: $80 per active student (may be additionally compensated for student referrals and students acquired independently)

Responsibilities include:

  • Being able to meet with students at least three weekday evenings and/or weekend days per week during the school year
  • Meeting with students for approximately 30 minutes per week, or three hours per student each month
  • Regularly communicating with students and their parents regarding progress

Applicants for this position must have scored highly on the SAT and/or ACT themselves and have:

  • A college degree
  • A passion for teaching and learning
  • Robust knowledge of the content included in the SAT and ACT

Apply here to be an SAT/ACT coach for Testive.

6. PSAT Tutor for iTutor

Online tutoring site iTutor is looking for part-time PSAT tutors.Bonus: you’ll be able to set your own hours.

Pay: $20 to $40 an hour

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching remotely via webcam, microphone or the online classroom platform
  • Administering and assessing assignments and exams

Applicants for this position must have:

  • Previous test prep experience
  • Previous classroom teaching experience
  • Proficiency using technology
  • A computer, webcam, microphone and reliable internet access

Benefits include quarterly incentives.

Apply here to be a PSAT tutor through iTutor.

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Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She thinks nerds are cool.