IT, Healthcare the Top Fields for Telecommuting Jobs, According to FlexJobs
If you want to work from home, you might have an easier time finding a telecommuting gig if you’re in healthcare or computer/IT. Those two industries dominated FlexJobs’ list, The Top 100 Companies With Work-From-Home Jobs, which ranks the companies that offered the most work-from-home opportunities on the site in the past year. Forty percent of the companies included were in one of those two fields.
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“The computer/IT field has historically been a leading career area with opportunities for telecommuting and remote work options, which isn’t surprising given the technology it takes to support remote work options,” said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, in a statement. “On the other hand, medical and healthcare jobs are newer to the scene, but in the past decade have shown remarkable growth with work flexibility and telecommuting.”
Twenty of the top companies were tech-related, including Adobe, IBM, and Xerox, while 18 were in the healthcare space, including Aetna, CVS Health, and UnitedHealth Group. Jobs ranged from entry-level customer-care roles to managerial positions. Remote work options included part-time telecommuting to full-time work-from-home jobs.
Work-From-Home Jobs in Other Industries
If you’re not already in IT or healthcare, don’t despair.
“While these industries represent the top two categories, it’s important to keep in mind that there are opportunities for remote jobs across almost all careers, such as marketing, legal, government and education,” said Sutton Fell.
In fact, according to Census figures, the number of people who worked at home at least one day a week increased by 4.2 million between 1997 and 2010 – a 35 percent increase. By 2014, on any given day, 23 percent of American workers did some or all of their work at home.
“Technology has made telecommuting easier for workers, and most companies seem willing to let workers do their work remotely, at least on an occasional basis if the position allows for it,” writes Jeffrey M. Jones at Gallup.
What does that mean for you? Well, if you’re technically able to do your work remotely and your current employer won’t let you telecommute, there’s a good chance that your next one will be more flexible – regardless of which industry you’re in.
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