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5 Fast-Growing Flexible Jobs You Didn’t Know About

Some jobs lend themselves to flexible arrangements (like telecommuting, part-time, or temporary work) more than others. If you're a medical transcriptionist, a customer service representative, or a graphic designer, you probably already know that your occupation translates well to working from home, for example. But what about jobs that seemingly require a physical presence, whether it's in the classroom or the operating room? Don't be so fast to assume that working from home, on a full- or part-time basis, is out of the question. FlexJobs' latest list, 25 High-Potential Flexible Jobs for 2016, shows that many jobs provide opportunities to earn money while skipping the commute – at least some of the time.

Some jobs lend themselves to flexible arrangements (like telecommuting, part-time, or temporary work) more than others. If you’re a medical transcriptionist, a customer service representative, or a graphic designer, you probably already know that your occupation translates well to working from home, for example. But what about jobs that seemingly require a physical presence, whether it’s in the classroom or the operating room? Don’t be so fast to assume that working from home, on a full- or part-time basis, is out of the question. FlexJobs’ latest list, 25 High-Potential Flexible Jobs for 2016, shows that many jobs provide opportunities to earn money while skipping the commute – at least some of the time.

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Of course, even looking beyond the usual telecommuting and part-time jobs, some fields are more likely to offer flexible opportunities than others. FlexJobs notes that healthcare, tech, and finance dominated the list of flexible jobs for the coming year. But that doesn’t mean that people working outside those fields should despair of finding a job that lets them work on their own terms.

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“While some industries are better represented here than others, it’s important to note that flexible jobs are available across a wide range of career fields – from marketing to insurance, legal to healthcare, education to research, and many others,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs, in a statement.

Here are just a few flexible jobs you might not expect to see on a list like this, together with their median annual salaries, typical education required, and occupational outlook, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

1. Accountant

Median Annual Salary: $47,563

Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Occupational Outlook 2014-2024: 11 percent growth

Type of Flexible Work Available: Telecommuting, part-time, temporary, seasonal, freelance

2. Elementary School Teacher

Median Annual Salary: $41,561

Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s Degree (many schools require a Master’s Degree)

Occupational Outlook 2014-2024: 6 percent growth

Type of Flexible Work Available: Telecommuting, part-time, freelance

3. Nurse Practitioner

Median Annual Salary: $86,211

Typical Entry-Level Education: Master’s Degree

Occupational Outlook 2014-2024: 31 percent growth (grouped with Nurse Anesthetists and Nurse Midwives in the Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Type of Flexible Work Available: Part-time, flexible schedule, telecommuting, occasional, temporary

4. Physical Therapist

Median Annual Salary: $66,560

Typical Entry-Level Education: Doctoral or Professional Degree

Occupational Outlook 2014-2024: 34 percent growth

Type of Flexible Work Available: Part-time, flexible schedules, telecommuting, occasional

5. Surgeon

Median Annual Salary: $249,410

Typical Entry-Level Education: Doctoral or Professional Degree

Occupational Outlook 2014-2024: 14 percent growth (grouped with Physicians in the Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Type of Flexible Work Available: Telecommuting, part-time

Have a look at FlexJobs’ full list for more information, job openings in these fields, and other occupations that allow flexible work schedules.

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