FlexJobs Highlights the 50 Most Surprising Flexible Jobs in 2015

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Indigenous health worker, head of trading, virtual PE teacher, and food stylist among most interesting flexible jobs of 2015

'We want to help educate people that viable professional flexible jobs exist,' said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs.

After reviewing over a hundred thousand flexible job listings posted in the last year, FlexJobs has compiled 50 of the most surprising flexible job titles in 2015. These professional-level positions range from entry-level to executive-level and span across a variety of industries, such as science, education, law, health care, sports, food, communications and non-profit. A “flexible job” is defined as a job that has a telecommuting, flexible schedule, freelance, seasonal, or part-time component. The listings are currently, or were previously, posted in FlexJobs’ database in 2015.

“We’ve been tracking surprising flexible jobs that are currently hiring, as well as maintaining a historical collection of interesting jobs dating back to 2007,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs, the leading online service for hand-screened telecommuting and flexible jobs. “One of the main reasons we highlight these jobs is that most people believe that jobs that offer work flexibility are exclusively low-level, unskilled, and unprofessional -- whereas the truth is there are fantastic jobs in all industries and for almost any career path. We want to help educate people that viable professional flexible jobs exist.”

Combinations of flexibility type vary as well, ranging from full-time telecommuting to part-time seasonal to long-term freelance jobs. Companies that posted surprising flexible jobs in 2015 include IBM, the American Heart Association, Aetna, and American Express. Locations for these jobs vary widely across the globe as well, including Beijing, Brisbane, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, the UK and Washington, D.C.

The job research team at FlexJobs screens and reviews thousands of jobs each week, and makes note of jobs that don’t fit the common perception of a flexible job. The team looks for several different characteristics that might make a job surprising.

Here are some examples of jobs with surprising characteristics:

  • A job that isn’t traditionally flexible (example: Senior Marine Scientist)
  • A job you wouldn't think could be done from home (example: Football Head Scout)
  • A job that doesn't typically have a part-time schedule (example: Director of Marketing)

The 50 most surprising flexible jobs of 2015, categorized by 10 key industries, include:

1. Nonprofit & Philanthropy

  • Organic Handler Certification Specialist
  • National Director of Social Events
  • Carbon Trading and Coal Cap Policy Analyst
  • Family Partner
  • National Wolf Campaign Director

2. Science and Pharma

  • Senior Marine Scientist
  • Anatomic Pathologist
  • Cardiac Genetic Counselor
  • Nanomaterial Research Scientist
  • Clinical Team Leader

3. Sports & Leisure

  • Virtual PE/Health Teacher
  • English Game Operator
  • Football Head Scout
  • Race Official
  • Coordinator of Baseball Operations

4. Medical & Health

  • Child Welfare Practice Leader Vice President
  • Registered Pharmacist
  • Biomedical Photographer
  • Vice President of Clinical Coding
  • Indigenous Birthing and Ambulatory Health Worker

5. Education

  • Cerner Lab Workflow Analyst
  • Career Pastry Chef Instructor
  • French Studio Coach
  • Traffic Safety Modeler
  • Teacher Education Evaluator

6. Law and Government

  • Senior Air-to-Ground Operations Executive
  • Democracy Program Attorney
  • Arabic News Monitor
  • Senior Trial Counsel
  • Innovation Fellow

7. Business

  • Director of Talent Acquisition
  • Data Forensics Solution Architect Vice President
  • Head of Trading
  • Office Furniture Product Reviewer
  • Threat Researcher

8. Food

  • Chocolatier
  • Test Kitchen Chef
  • Food Stylist
  • Gender Consultant
  • Indoctrination Specialist

9. Writing, Editing, & Communication

  • Editor, Mathematics
  • Comic Book Layout Artist
  • SEC Football Writers
  • Asia Correspondent
  • Museum Communications Project Manager

10. Entertainment & Media

  • Panel Membership Recruiter
  • Irish Ensemble
  • Boat Captain
  • Puppeteer
  • Cruise Captain

According to a recent survey, work-life balance (81 percent) is the number one reason people seek flexible jobs, followed by family (56 percent) and time savings (56 percent). Since 2013, more people report being willing to consider a reduction in exchange for flexible work options. 82 percent say they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options.

To learn more, visit: https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/the-50-most-surprising-jobs-with-flexibility-in-2015

To request additional information, please contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner(at)flexjobs(dot)com.

About FlexJobs
FlexJobs is the leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. With flexible job listings in over 50 career categories, and opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive and 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 one million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared on CNN and Marketplace Money and in TIME, Forbes, Fortune, and hundreds of other trusted media outlets. FlexJobs' Founder & CEO Sara Sutton Fell has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of remote working and work flexibility.

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