FlexJobs Names the Top 10 Flexible Career Categories to Watch in 2018

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Experts in flexible job market details the fastest-growing flexible career categories, the most popular flexible career categories, and surprising flexible job listings

Work flexibility has many proven benefits and even more anecdotal benefits--including less stress, better health, higher levels of job satisfaction and engagement,and reduced burnout,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs

According to a recent survey, 71% of employees are so unhappy with their jobs that they are currently looking to change employers. The majority of respondents cite stress as a major factor and believe their jobs are having a significant impact on their mental health. A key solution to this is work flexibility, both for workers and for employers trying to retain employees.

A FlexJobs’ survey of over 5,000 job seekers found that 86% of job seekers believe a flexible job would help them be less stressed. Additionally, 45% said a job with flexibility would have a huge improvement on their overall quality of life and 52% said it would have a positive impact. A “flexible job” is defined as a professional-level job that has a telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, or freelance component.

Jobs that offer flexible work options are increasing and available in a wide variety of industries. To shine a light on the fastest-growing career fields, FlexJobs analyzed job listings from the past year to identify the top 10 career categories in which the number of flexible job listings has increased significantly--more than 20%. Accounting & Finance, Advertising & PR, and Ecommerce are among these high growth fields, indicating they are likely to be strong job categories for flexible job seekers in 2018 as well.

“Work flexibility has many proven benefits and even more anecdotal benefits--including less stress, better health, higher levels of job satisfaction and engagement, and reduced burnout--so it’s not surprising to hear that job seekers are increasingly interested in finding a flexible job,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “The good news is that the opportunities in the flexible job market are continuing to grow and diversify, with the availability of flexible jobs increasing as well as the number of companies offering flexible work arrangements. In fact, FlexJobs’ database now totals over 49,000 organizations hiring for jobs with remote, freelance, part-time, and flexible schedules, including major companies like Toyota, Macy's, and Boston Scientific,” Sutton Fell concluded.

The top 10 flexible career categories that have grown the most since January 1, 2017, plus common job titles within those categories, are:

1. Editing: copywriter, editor, copy editor            
2. Writing: technical writer, resume writer, writer            
3. Data Entry: bookkeeper, data entry clerk, in-field quantitative market researcher         
4. Advertising & PR: event specialist sales, account executive, account representative    
5. Event Planning: event coordinator, event assistant, event planner        
6. News & Journalism: new editor, news writer, news producer    
7. Internet & Ecommerce: social media coordinator, e-commerce manager, digital strategist    
8. Account Management: account manager, account executive, sales representative
9. Computer & IT: IT project manager, systems engineer, business analyst        
10. Accounting & Finance: staff accountant, bookkeeper, accounting clerk

Some surprising flexible jobs currently hiring include:

1. Investigator - Civil Rights
2. Oceanographer
3. Reservoir Navigation Specialist (Drilling Services)
4. Television Opinion Writer
5. Clinical Neuropsychologist-Behavioral Med Practitioner
6. Crypto Currency Editor and Trader
7. Traffic Engineer
8. Career Pastry Chef Instructor
9. Literacy Specialist I
10. Space Flight Director    

The career categories with the highest overall number of flexible jobs listings during 2017 are Medical & Health, Administrative, Customer Service, Sales, and Computer & IT. FlexJobs also recently determined the fastest-growing flexible jobs for 2018 and the Top 50 Companies Hiring for Flexible Jobs.

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 two 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 Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams.

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