Work-at-home jobs are no longer limited to multi-level marketing (MLM) outfits, like Amway or Avon. Improved technology and the need to cut costs and/or keep overhead low have encouraged businesses of all sizes and in a variety of fields to create more work-from-home opportunities.
Job-hunting site FlexJobs vets its telecommuting/part-time/freelance listings for legitimacy and conducts periodic surveys of where the growth in flexible work is. Here are some of the top fields and companies it’s identified in the past two years.
Health and medical services
In the health sector, the leading companies with work-at-home employment include healthcare giants Aetna, Magellan Health, BroadPath Healthcare Solutions, Humana, CVS Health, and UnitedHealth Group. The job titles they have sought to fill included computer- or phone-based jobs such as account manager, actuarial consultant, business-intelligence manager, case manager, medical writer, patient-education or case advocates, revenue-integrity director, and sales representative. Other recent remote positions include clinical care manager and registered nurse case manager.
Education and training
Some of the more surprising opportunities FlexJobs found are in fields typically thought of as requiring face-to-face contact—education, for instance. The growth of online learning companies such as Pearson, K12, Grand Canyon University, and Kaplan has led to more listings for freelance and part-time positions such as curriculum writer, parent mentor, SAT instructor, science teacher, student-services coordinator and tutor. Chinese online education firm VIPKID offers an American education experience to young Chinese students and provides a flexible, remote work schedule for its teaching workforce.
Related to this are opportunities for those fluent in different languages. Companies such as Appen, which evaluates and coordinates communications for international clients—or EF–Education First, an international language training and educational travel company—need people who can serve as interpreters, translators, and curriculum developers.
Computers and Information Technology (IT)
A less surprising work-at-home-friendly category is computers and IT, which is known for its progressive approach to virtual offices. Some employers—such as Red Hat, Salesforce, and SAP—offer job listings in high-tech sales (sales being one of the original flex-time professions). Other job titles tech companies often seek to fill with remote workers include positions such as project manager, web designer, software developer, power-systems engineer, and technical writer.