FlexJobs Names Top Career Fields For National Work And Family Month

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The September 2012 Flexible Job Index details popular jobs for work-life balance, including work from home, part-time, contract and other flexible employment arrangements.

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With National Work and Family Month well under way this October, encouraging businesses to reflect on their work-life policies, a new report released by FlexJobs breaks down the best career fields for work-life balance. The Flexible Jobs Index (FJI) analyzes over 50 career fields every month to find the industries with the most open telecommuting, flextime, freelance, and part-time jobs.

    Medical & Health Jobs continues to hold steady month after month as the career field with the most flexible job listings. The top five career categories in order of most available positions from the monthly index are as follows:

    1. Medical & Health
    2. Customer Service
    3. Administrative
    4. Education & Training
    5. Sales

    “At FlexJobs, we are thrilled to support National Work and Family Month because the idea is at the very core of our daily work. I founded FlexJobs after trying my own experience trying to find work that would support a balance between work and family,” shared Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. “Because our site lists only jobs that offer some type of work-life balance like telecommuting, part-time schedules, and flextime, we've been able to help over 300,000 job seekers in their search for work-life balance.”

    Career fields that had the largest increases in available positions for September included:

    1.    Account Management up 42%
    2.    Communications up 39%
    3.    Computer & IT up 20%
    4.    Sales up 7%
    5.    Education & Training up 7%

    “In celebrating National Work and Family Month, we hope to show professionals that they can find jobs that fit their lives, rather than struggling to fit their lives around their jobs.” said Fell. “Highlighting the huge variety of opportunities on FlexJobs will hopefully broaden the horizons of job seekers as well as employers.”

    The ongoing Flexible Job Index report tracks the availability and variety in the employment market for telecommuting, part-time, and other flexible jobs, and provides reliable data on top career fields that offer work flexibility. Data includes positions listed on the site directly by employers as well as jobs found by FlexJobs’ trained staff of researchers who scour hundreds of online sources, including industry blogs, employer websites, job boards, job feeds, and more. Only professional jobs that can both be confirmed as legitimate and as having some kind of work flexibility (telecommuting, part-time or flexible schedule, or freelance contracts) are included in FlexJobs’ job database.

    The Flexible Job Index can be viewed by visiting http://www.flexjobs.com/trends. For media inquiries, please contact Chelsea Gladden, Chelsea(at)flexjobs(dot)com or 1-866-991-9222 x 4.

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