FlexJobs: Top 20 Surprising Flexible Jobs of 2013

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The leading site for finding work-from-home jobs and other flexible work opportunities has highlighted some of the most surprising jobs posted this past year.

The research team at FlexJobs, a site devoted to listing telecommute and flexible employment opportunities, has reviewed jobs posted on the site during 2013 to compile a list of the most surprising positions offering some type of flexibility. This list demonstrates the wide range of careers that allow professionals to have alternative work arrangements.

For the 10 most surprising professional work-from-home jobs, the list includes:

Chemist – Cosmetics Formulation
Executive Director of Tree Climbing
Farmers' Market & Outreach Coordinator
Holocaust Testimony Indexer
Membership and Horse Show Points Administrator
National Wine Educator
Wild Horse & Burro Program Director
Mineral Geologist Senior
Penetration Tester (IT Security)

“It’s exciting that even after seven years of our team researching work-from-jobs, I am continuously surprised at the variety and depth of jobs that offer remote work and other flexible options,” shared Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. “With technology where it stands, it’s not unusual to see jobs in fields like health, marketing, accounting, web development, and education that allow employees to work from home, work a part-time schedule, or both. We often see flexible jobs that are far beyond what most people would expect.”

Professional jobs with part-time schedules are another viable work option for people looking for career-oriented jobs but with reduced hours.

For the 10 most surprising professional part-time jobs, the list includes:

Government Aeronautical Charting Analyst
Bat Technician
Dog Musher
Creature Technology Director
Egg Grader
Internet Fit Model Male & Female
Surveillance Role Players
Tyrannosaurus Rex Actor
Oyster Restoration Outreach Assistant

Overall, the number of flexible jobs offered continues to rise, with a breakthrough number of over 17,000 current jobs posted to FlexJobs, up from 10,000 in 2011. In addition, FlexJobs' team posted 79,430 hand-screened flexible and telecommuting jobs in 2013, a 25 percent increase from 2012. According to monthly reports, the top career fields offering flexible options, out of 50+ career fields listed, are Medical & Health, Computer & IT, Admin, Education, and Sales.

“Every year I look over the industry changes, and this year the growth in the number of flexible job offerings really stands out to me,” added Sutton Fell. “It’s a healthy indication that more and more employers are recognizing that work flexibility is a win both for them and for their employees.”

For the full story, including how the FlexJobs team finds such a variety of flexible job listings, visit: http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/surprising-flexible-jobs-2013

About FlexJobs
FlexJobs is the leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. With job listings in over 50 career categories and opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive, freelance to full-time, FlexJobs offers job seekers a safe, easy, and efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible job listings. Having helped over a half million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has been featured on CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Good Morning America, among hundreds of other trusted media outlets and is a proud partner in the 1 Million for Work Flexibility initiative.

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