FlexJobs Names 10 Surprising and Fast-Growing Remote Career Categories

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Certain career categories hold surprising potential for remote job seekers in the coming year

“Just a few short years ago, working from home may have seemed out of reach within industries outside of data entry, customer service, or sales, but as this diverse list of career categories demonstrates, today that is most certainly not the case,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs.

According to FlexJobs’ State of Telecommuting Report, remote work has grown 115% in 10 years. While remote work exists across career fields, it is more prevalent in some than in others. With that in mind, FlexJobs analyzed over 50 career categories in its database, comparing the number of remote jobs posted January 1, 2018 to the number of remote jobs posted December 1, 2018, to determine which surprising remote career categories have grown at a high rate during the last year.

“Just a few short years ago, working from home may have seemed out of reach within industries outside of data entry, customer service, or sales, but as this diverse list of career categories demonstrates, today that is most certainly not the case,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “To help inspire job seekers in their job search, we have identified 10 of the more surprising categories for remote jobs that have experienced strong growth in 2018, and that we believe will offer great remote job opportunities in 2019 as well,” Sutton concluded.

Remote job listings have grown more than 50% since January 1, 2018 in the following 10 remote job categories that are not usually associated with remote work. They are ordered from highest growth to least. A “remote job” is defined as a professional-level job that allows the worker to work from home either entirely or part of the time. Remote jobs are also known as telecommuting jobs, virtual jobs, at-home jobs, and other similar names.

1. Math & Economics - Sample math and economics remote job titles include: actuarial analyst, economics faculty member, mathematical programmer, data scientist, high school math teacher.

2. Insurance - Sample insurance remote job titles include: loss control specialist, nurse case manager, premium auditor, underwriting manager, and claims representative.

3. Nonprofit & Philanthropy - Sample nonprofit and philanthropy remote job titles: include senior national fundraising director, program director, policy manager, major gifts officer, and partnerships manager

4. Mortgage & Real Estate - Sample mortgage and real estate remote job titles: include senior loan officer, director of sales, district manager, real estate content producer, and real estate valuation manager.

5. Marketing - Sample marketing remote job titles: include associate product manager, marketing specialist, marketing operations manager, online campaign manager, and digital marketing analyst.

6. Engineering - Sample engineering remote job titles: include solutions engineer, software engineer, automation expert, design-field engineering technician, and head of frontend engineering.

7. Project Management - Sample project management remote job titles: include business process consultant, engagement manager, project manager, scrum master, and project management manager.

8. Science - Sample science remote job titles: include clinical research associate, science teacher, science coach, senior clinical scientist, medical science liaison, and life sciences content writer.

9. Legal - Sample legal remote job titles: include global senior manager of contracts and agreements, paralegal specialist, general counsel, privacy and compliance manager, and BAR regional director.

10. Pharmaceutical - Sample pharmaceutical remote job titles: include orapharma regional sales manager, vice president of clinical effectiveness, clinical pharmacist, and regional neurology account manager.

In addition to highlighting surprising, high growth career categories for remote jobs, FlexJobs has also pinpointed five workplace trends from 2018, as well as two predictions for 2019.

Key trends from 2018:
1. Employment scams have doubled just in the last year.
2. The number of people who say they’ve quit a job that wasn’t flexible enough has more than doubled.
3. Pay and benefits have increased across the board in the last year.
4. Digital nomads may not be who you think they are.
5. More freelancers are finding jobs online and working remotely.

2 predictions related to work flexibility for 2019:
1. Automation will lead to a shift in the workforce away from traditional work and towards freelance and remote work.
2. Employees will feel the effects of the changing workforce more than leadership and managers, so they should prepare now.

For more information please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/fast-growing-remote-career-categories/ or contact Kathy Gardner at kgardner@flexjobs.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 and executive to freelance and 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 over 3 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 and CEO, Sara Sutton, 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 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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