FlexJobs Identifies the Top 15 States with the Most Remote Jobs

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California, Texas, and Virginia offer the highest number of remote-friendly jobs

“Remote job opportunities aren’t relegated to small sections of the country, or determined by geographic region or state size--remote jobs are truly available all across the country,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs

For a variety of reasons, such as legal, taxes, and licensing issues, about 95% of remote jobs include a geographic requirement where remote workers need to be based in a specific city, state, region, or country. To help job seekers identify states with high potential for remote job opportunities, FlexJobs has named the top 15 states where companies recruited the most state-based remote workers in 2017. California, Texas, and Virginia were the top three states with the highest number of remote job postings last year, with others such as Washington, Ohio, and Arizona also included on this diverse list of states.

Nationally, 4.6% of the U.S. workforce works from home every day. According to the 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report, remote work also exceeds public transportation as the commute option of choice in more than half of the top U.S. metro areas and remote work has grown far faster than any other commute mode.

“Remote job opportunities aren’t relegated to small sections of the country, or determined by geographic region or state size--remote jobs are truly available all across the country,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “And while it’s true that most remote jobs do have a geographic requirement, it’s important to note that there are also a growing number of remote jobs that can be done from any location. These ‘work-from-anywhere’ jobs are perfect for people who can’t find a job in their local area, digital nomads, military spouses, people who love to travel, and the many others who want to grow their career but need or want a broader geographic range to find a job,” Sutton Fell concluded.

The following 15 states had the highest number of remote job listings in 2017. Following each state is a sample of companies that have recently hired or are currently hiring for remote jobs in that state:

1. California: Red Hat, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and ULTA have recently recruited telecommuters in California.
2. Texas: Teradata, Wells Fargo, and Williams-Sonoma have recently recruited telecommuters in Texas.
3. Virginia: American Red Cross, CVS Health, and Leidos have recently recruited telecommuters in Virginia.
4. New York: Accenture, American Express, and Teach For America have recently recruited telecommuters in New York.
5. Florida: Humana, The Hartford, and UnitedHealth Group have recently recruited telecommuters in Florida.
6. Illinois: Goodway Group, Molina Healthcare, and Pearson have recently recruited telecommuters in Illinois.
7. Pennsylvania: McKesson Corporation, PNC, and SAP have recently recruited telecommuters in Pennsylvania.
8. Georgia: First Data, Fiserv, and Robert Half International have recently recruited telecommuters in Georgia.
9. North Carolina: Amgen, Lowes, and PPD - Pharmaceutical Product Development have recently recruited telecommuters in North Carolina.
10. Arizona: Equifax, Grand Canyon University, and Kellogg Company have recently recruited telecommuters in Arizona.
11. Massachusetts: Acceleration Partners, Kaplan, and Salesforce have recently recruited telecommuters in Massachusetts.
12. Minnesota: Abbott, Carlson Wagonlift Travel, and Haynes & Company have recently recruited telecommuters in Minnesota.
13. New Jersey: Amazon, Citizens Bank, and Gartner have recently recruited telecommuters in New Jersey.
14. Washington: Great AuPair, K12, and State of Washington have recently recruited telecommuters in Washington.
15. Ohio: Allergan, JLL - Jones Lang LaSalle, and Xerox have recently recruited telecommuters in Ohio.

The top four career fields for remote jobs in 2017 were medical and health, computer and IT, education, and sales. Some of the most popular remote jobs are account executive, marketing specialist, tutor, social media manager, customer service representative, and copywriter.

For more information on the top states and companies hiring, visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/top-states-with-the-most-remote-jobs/ or contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner(at)flexjobs(dot)com.

About FlexJobs
FlexJobs is committed to helping people find a better way to work. As the leading online service for professionals seeking remote, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs, FlexJobs offers opportunities in over 50 career categories, ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time. FlexJobs also sets itself apart by providing job seekers with a better, safer, and more efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible jobs. Having helped nearly three million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared in CNN, CNBC, TIME, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and hundreds of other trusted media outlets. To further assist people in bettering their lives through flexible and remote work, 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 Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams.

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