The 100 Most Surprising Flexible Jobs

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FlexJobs names a multitude of unexpected occupations that allow the option to work remotely, have a flexible schedule, work part-time, or work as a freelancer.

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The window of opportunity has opened up for remote and flexible schedules far beyond what is typically thought of as a work-from-home or flexible job.

FlexJobs’ research staff has uncovered a variety of jobs that allow flexible work options, like working from home or part-time hours, since the company's founding in 2007. Today, the award-winning job board announced an ongoing compilation of the most surprising jobs that offer flexibility. Readers can choose to see the “50 Current Most Surprising Jobs” hiring now or select “50 Past Most Surprising Flexible Jobs” for a historical look.

“Over seven years, our research team has come across some really surprising and interesting flexible jobs! We are always excited to see the growing variety of positions companies are hiring for that offer telecommuting and other flexible options,” Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs, said. “With the advancements in workplace technology, the window of opportunity has opened up for remote and flexible schedules far beyond what is typically thought of as a work-from-home or flexible job.”

Here are 50 of the top 100 most surprising positions that offer flexible options, including 29 that can be done from home:

1. Art Therapist, Part-Time Job
2. Youth Market Director, Full-Time Telecommute Job
3. Sonographer II, Part-Time Job
4. Healthy Eating Specialist, Part-Time Job
5. Alcohol Drug Rehab Counselor, Part-Time Job
6. Food Database Researcher, Full-Time Telecommute Job
7. Weather/Traffic Anchor, Part-Time Temporary Job
8. Au Pair Local Coordinator, Part-Time Flexible Schedule Job
9. Chief Operating Officer, Full-Time Telecommute Job
10. Nurse Practitioner, Full-Time Telecommute Job
11. Fish Biologist, Full-Time Telecommute Job
12. Doctor of Chiropractic, Part-Time Job
13. Family Engagement Facilitator, Full-Time Telecommute Job
14. Spay & Neuter Surgeon, Part-Time Job
15. Sports Analyst – Lacrosse, Telecommute Job
16. Historian, Full-Time Telecommute Job
17. Golf Area Manager - Middle East, Full-Time Telecommute Job
18. Animal Relocation Manager, Full-Time Telecommute Job
19. Chief of Staff, Full-Time Telecommute Job
20. Aquarist, Part-Time Job
21. Shopper Analyst, Part-Time Job
22. Scientist Skincare, Long-Term Temporary Job
23. Food & Farm Events Coordinator, Full-Time Telecommute Job
24. Party Host, Part-Time Job
25. Butterfly Garden Interpreter, Part-Time Job
26. Children's Sleepwear Designer, Alternative Schedule Telecommute Job
27. Physical Education Teacher, Part-Time Telecommute Job
28. Psychologist, Part-Time Telecommute Job
29. Beer Buyer/Specialist, Part-Time Job
30. Wild Horse & Burro Program Director, Full-Time Telecommute Job
31. Medical Director, Full-Time Telecommute Job
32. Concert Manager, Part-Time Job
33. Campaign Manager/Evangelist, Full-Time Telecommute Job
34. Chocolateer, Full-Time/Part-Time Job
35. Listening Post Analyst, Full-Time Telecommute Job
36. Voice Editor, Freelance Job
37. Beach-Nesting Bird Survey Technician, Full-Time Telecommute Job
38. Luxury Human Resources Coordinator, Freelance Job
39. Lawyer, Part-Time Telecommute Job
40. Vice President Marketing, Full-Time Telecommute Job
41. Sleep Psychologist, Part-Time Flexible Schedule Job
42. Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs, Full-Time Telecommute Job
43. Trivia Quiz Host, Part-Time Job
44. Denim Patternmaker, Freelance Job
45. Chief Executive Officer, Full-Time Telecommute Job
46. Tastemaker Tag Sales Logistics Coordinator, Freelance Job
47. Wheat Breeder Scientist, Full-Time Telecommute Job
48. Ombudsman, Telecommute Job
49. Neurologist, Full-Time Telecommute Job
50. Chief Intelligence Officer, Full-Time Telecommute Job

Following in line with recent workforce trends, the majority of these jobs are remote positions. The Telework Research Network reports that 44.4 million workers in the U.S. telecommute at least one day a week.

“The variety of career fields represented in this list highlights not only work-life balance opportunities for job seekers, but also lets employers know that competing fields are offering these options,” added Sutton Fell.

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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 and is a proud partner in the 1 Million for Work Flexibility initiative.

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