FlexJobs Names the Top 15 States with the Most Telecommuting Jobs

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U.S. states with the most telecommuting-friendly jobs span across size and geographic region.

"While most telecommuting jobs do have a geographic requirement, there are also diverse remote jobs that can be done from any location in the U.S. and even the world," said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs.

Telecommuting jobs are often associated with the freedom to work from anywhere. However, while telecommuting jobs in general do offer significantly more autonomy over the location of where work is performed, for a variety of reasons the vast majority of telecommuting jobs do include a geographic requirement that remote workers must be based in a specific city, state, region, or country. To help job seekers identify states with high potential for telecommuting job opportunities, FlexJobs has identified the top 15 states where companies recruited the most state-based telecommuters in 2016. California, Texas, and New York led the states with the highest number of telecommuting job postings, with others such as Minnesota, Georgia, and Colorado also included on this geographically diverse list of states.

The most common reasons for location requirements on telecommuting jobs, according to employers, are legal, licensing, or tax considerations. Some telecommuting jobs have specific requirements in those areas, or else they could otherwise be performed with location neutrality. For example, remote nurses and attorneys may require specific state-issued licenses or certifications. Companies may only be registered as employers in certain states, limiting their ability to hire to those states. And remote business development managers may be hired to work in a region of the country where their current or future clients are based.

“While these 15 states had the highest number of telecommuting job listings last year, job seekers should keep in mind that telecommuting jobs are also available in their local areas, as companies absolutely hire remote workers in all 50 states,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “And while most telecommuting jobs do have a geographic requirement, there are also diverse remote jobs that can be done from any location in the U.S. and even the world,” Sutton Fell concluded.

The following 15 states had the highest number of telecommuting job listings in 2016. Following each state is a sample of companies who have recently, or are currently, hiring for telecommuting jobs in that respective state:

1. California: Anthem, Dell, and Volkswagen have recently recruited telecommuters in California
2. Texas: Humana, Toyota, and Wells Fargo have recently recruited telecommuters in Texas
3. New York: Adobe, Salesforce, and Xerox have recently recruited telecommuters in New York
4. Florida: American Heart Association, Colgate-Palmolive, and Hilton Worldwide have recently recruited telecommuters in Florida
5. Illinois: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ernst & Young, and Nestle have recently recruited telecommuters in Illinois
6. Pennsylvania: Oracle, Philips, and Voya Financial have recently recruited telecommuters in Pennsylvania
7. Virginia: Biogen, CenturyLink, and Nielsen have recently recruited telecommuters in Virginia
8. North Carolina: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lenovo, and SAP have recently recruited telecommuters in North Carolina
9. Georgia: Chobani, Office Depot, and Worldpay have recently recruited telecommuters in Georgia
10. Arizona: Progressive, Verizon, and Walgreens have recently recruited telecommuters in Arizona
11. Minnesota: Boston Scientific, Citizens Bank, and UnitedHealth Group have recently recruited telecommuters in Minnesota
12. Massachusetts: Liberty Mutual, Mitsubishi Electric, and The Hartford have recently recruited telecommuters in Massachusetts
13. Colorado: JPMorgan Chase, OpenTable, and Unilever have recently recruited telecommuters in Colorado
14. New Jersey: DeVry Education Group, General Electric, and Robert Half International have recently recruited telecommuters in New Jersey
15. Ohio: Capella University, Cars.com, and 3M have recently recruited telecommuters in Ohio

“The key take-away for employers that still do not offer remote work options is this: remote work is already happening for most white-collar workers, who are often expected to check email when they are out of the office, or take work home with them to complete at night or on the weekends,” said Sutton Fell. “But there is still a bit of fear holding some companies back from creating more formalized remote work programs. What we’ve seen, though, is that when companies move past that fear and embrace remote work as a smart business strategy, they can build more productive, happier, and more cost-effective workforces, benefitting both workers AND the company’s bottom line,” Sutton Fell concluded.

The top four career fields for telecommuting jobs in 2016 were medical and health, computer and IT, customer service, and education. Opportunities for telecommuters range from entry-level to executive-level and include both part-time and full-time schedules.

Some of the most common traits of successful telecommuters include proactive communication skills, self-discipline, comfort working independently, and strong time management skills.

For more information on the top states and companies hiring, visit http://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/top-states-with-the-most-telecommuting-jobs-2016 or contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner(at)flexjobs.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. Sutton Fell is also the creator of The TRaD* Works Conference (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams.

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