Around one out of every four American workers spends at least some of their working hours telecommuting, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Work-from-home jobs have become so common, some companies now only operate remotely, and have few or even no on-site workers.
Work-from-home arrangements offer benefits to both employers and employees. Global Workforce Analytics reports two-thirds of people indicate they want to work-from-home, and 80 percent of workers say they consider it a job perk. Employers generally find telecommuting increases retention, reduces unscheduled absences, improves productivity, and saves money on costs like relocation, overhead, and equipment.
FlexJobs is an award winning job search platform that’s tailored towards telecommuters, part-time workers, freelancers, or those seeking a flexible work arrangement. To gain more insight on work-from-home and flexible work trends, we asked FlexJobs‘ CEO Sara Sutton Fell.
Sometimes people associate work-from-home jobs with single parents, those in the IT field, or those who live in rural areas where there are few job opportunities available. However, Fell explains that, “Our job seekers really do come from all walks of life. We see parents and people without kids, entry-level employees and seniors, military spouses, people with disabilities, career changers and on-rampers, city dwellers and people in rural areas, and people with career interests across the spectrum.”
What type of job can you find? “While we have job listings in over 50 career categories, ranging from entry-level to executive, the most common industries that consistently have work-from-home jobs include medical and health, customer service, sales, administrative, computer and IT, writing and editing, web design and development, accounting, and finance,” she explains.
These days, you can find a work-from-home or flexible work opportunities in most fields. During our Q&A with Fell, we found out some truly surprising work-from-home jobs that are hiring right now on FlexJobs. These are jobs you wouldn’t expect someone to perform from a home office as they would traditionally require a worker’s physical presence, or they’re jobs that are at a higher level and one would generally assume these positions simply couldn’t be performed from home. Check out some of these positions on the following pages. You’ll also find some information on the application and interview processes.