Many people believe that remote work became a trend in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. While the need to shelter in place certainly got more companies on board with the idea of work-from-home, the truth is that remote work has been on the rise for a long time. According to a study by Flex Jobs and Global Workplace Analytics, there was a 159 percent increase in remote work from 2005 to 2017. Today, 62 percent of employees age 22 to 65 work remotely at least on occasion.
Now that remote work has become more accepted and common, many professionals are wondering how to break into emerging remote job markets, whether geographically or based on their industry. Here’s what job seekers and recent graduates need to know about remote work and how to build a career you love while at home.
Emerging Remote Work Careers and Industries
According to MarketWatch, there are at least 20 job titles and career fields that have seen an uptick in remote work listings since the start of 2020. Here are a few of the most popular work-from-home job titles growing this year:
Accountant: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the need for accountants will grow 10 percent by 2026.
Engineer: From aerospace to software to roads and infrastructure, engineers design the machines, equipment, and environment that inform our lives.
Teacher: With online K-12 schools growing in popularity even before the pandemic, it’s possible to fully build a teaching or tutoring career from your own home.
Nurse: Telehealth and other advancements in technology have created greater demand for nurses to remotely conference with patients and answer their questions.
Writer/Editor: Demand for online content marketing is also on the rise, with this sector expected to grow 6 percent by 2026.
Program/Project Manager: These professionals guide the success of a project from beginning to end, coordinating success even outside the office.
Business Development/Sales: From entry level opportunities to sales and business development managers, these professionals help businesses grow.
Web Developer/Designer: The tech industry in general is especially full of opportunity for remote workers, including coders and designers for software and the web.
How to Get a Remote Job
One key to landing a remote job you love is determining what really motivates you and finding the company culture and position to match. Though a majority of people would prefer to work from home some of the time, only 12 percent of people want to work from home all the time. This means hybrid positions or roles with an opportunity to spend some time with colleagues in-person could be right for you.
Plus, even a remote job might still have some limits based on your geography. Even though remote work empowers professionals to work anywhere, a lot of remote positions do still require state-specific residency or licensing, depending on the industry.
If you’re looking for a remote job, there are many great remote work job boards that can help you focus on a specific industry or role. Whether you want to start a freelance business or find a full-time role, the time has never been better to take control of your work environment and future. We wish you the best of luck. We also encourage you to rely on the connections of the Alpha Kappa Psi network for advice, connections, and support. Even from a distance, we are cheering you on!