Over the past 18 months, the temporary shift to remote work has become more permanent. A recent Upwork survey found that about 1 in 4 Americans (26.7%) will work remotely in 2021, whereas only 7% of employees in the U.S. had the option to work from home in 2018.
With this shift in work culture, the type of careers where remote work can happen has expanded.
People—like maybe you!—are searching to either pivot into remote-friendly careers or want to find a way to do their current work remotely.
Below, we'll walk you through some of the top careers where you can find remote work—and some of them may surprise you.
Many industries have opportunities for remote work—including education!
A career in administration can encompass a variety of job duties.
According to TheBalanceCareers.com, "Administrative workers are those who provide support to a company. This support might include general office management, answering phones, speaking with clients, assisting an employer, clerical work (including maintaining records and entering data), or a variety of other tasks."
To do these tasks, you'll often need an internet connection, a laptop, and a phone.
Here are some examples of remote admin positions we've seen:
Customer Service Administrator
Education can be a versatile career choice. With a range of subjects and ages, you're sure to find the right fit for you. Some schools were originally designed for remote education, but even more remote education positions have become available since the pandemic.
Here are some examples of remote education positions we’ve seen:
Virtual adjunct college professors
Virtual K-12 teachers
Education and training specialist
Virtual student advisor
Virtual school counselor
A career in energy varies from engineers to technicians, management to repairers, and more. The majority of the time, engineers, technicians, and repairers will require hands-on job duties, but managerial positions may be available remotely.
Here are some examples of remote energy positions we’ve seen:
Wind Energy Recruiter
Lead Energy Analyst
Renewable Energy Engineer
Jobs in finance will vary depending on the type of organization you work for. You could work for a bank, a public company, a corporate company, a small business, and more.
Insurance agents develop a wide variety of communication, technology, problem-solving, research, and organization skills.
Both finance and insurance industries frequently use technology and communication that can enable you to work remotely. Jobs in finance will vary depending on the type of organization you work for. You could work for a bank, a public company, a corporate company, a small business, and more.
Here are some examples of remote finance and insurance positions we've seen:
VIP of Financial Services
Director of Insurance and Claims
Healthcare is an essential industry, and it encompasses a wide variety of jobs including doctors and nurses, administrators, technology, management, sales, and more. While telehealth has increased in popularity over the last year, it is still rare for doctors and nurses to have completely remote jobs (though that may change.) Many of the remote positions tend to be clerical jobs.
Here are some examples of remote healthcare jobs we’ve seen:
Chart Intake Specialist
Healthcare Quality Manager
Patient Account Representative
According to Investopedia, "Human resources (HR) is the division of a business that is charged with finding, screening, recruiting, and training job applicants, as well as administering employee-benefit programs."
The HR career path offers variety, flexibility, and growth potential. It usually involves speaking on the phone and using a laptop, which you can do remotely, though some jobs may require travel or face-to-face interaction.
Here are some examples of remote human resources positions we've seen:
Marketing is a large industry ranging from market research, graphic design, content marketing, social media, search engine marketing, product marketing, and more! Sometimes, marketers can do multiple marketing jobs, and other times, they may have a more specialized role within a marketing department or team.
One of the benefits of starting a marketing career? You can do many of these jobs wherever you have an internet connection and a laptop.
Here are some examples of remote marketing positions we've seen:
Social Media Manager
Product Marketing Manager
Technology and software is a rapidly growing, in-demand industry.
As USNews says, "With all the computers, tablets, smartphones, and other high-tech devices society depends on, we need the skills of technology professionals." As long as you have the right technology and software for the job, you can do your work from anywhere.
Here are some examples of remote technology and software jobs we've seen:
The right remote position is out there...you just have to find it.
We've put together a list of over 100 companies that are hiring for remote work. Your dream position—and career—might be waiting for you there.
If you feel like you already have your dream job but you'd like to work remotely, you might consider asking your company for a flexible work arrangement. We have tips for switching to a flexible work arrangement that can help you make the ask—and the transition.
Find moving incentives from locations excited to have remote workers.
Once you're working remotely in your chosen career, you can now work and LIVE anywhere. Great places are paying people like you to move to their cities and work remotely. Look through a list of the latest incentives for remote workers—some as big as $20,000.
Remote work has freed millions of Americans to live where they want, and many are making the move to places that better match their lifestyle. In turn, cities and towns across the country are offering incentives like cash, perks and programming to remote workers who move and work from their communities. At MakeMyMove, you can explore all the places, get personalized help to find the one that’s right for you, connect with locals, and access support to make your move a piece of cake.