20 of the Most Surprising Work-From-Home Jobs of 2014

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Telecommuting has become an attractive option for workers who live in locations with limited job opportunities. Between those who live far away from big cities, and those who simply prefer to work from home over driving to a brick-and-mortar office each day, the number of employees who want to telecommute is pretty astonishing.

Around 8 out of 10 workers (79%) want to work from home at least part of the time, according to a publication by Inc. Working from home has long been associated with mothers who want to be able to balance the demands of work with raising children. But in reality, it’s not just moms who do it — the majority of telecommuters (53%) are actually men.

So what types of jobs are these remote workers finding? Well, all sorts of positions are providing flexible options these days and as time goes on, more and more companies are finding that with telecommuting, they can save on overhead costs while giving employees the flexibility that they want.

Flexjobs, a job search database, has become a go-to resource for workers and job seekers who are looking for flexible work opportunities like work-from-home positions. Recently, Flexjobs scoured its database in search of the most surprising work-from-home jobs that were posted on the database during 2014.

After searching through thousands of jobs, Flexjobs found the 50 most surprising work-from-home jobs of 2014. We’ve further narrowed the list down to 20 jobs and all of the positions listed are professional level positions, with either full-time or part-time telecommuting options available. Check out this list of jobs on the following page.

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20 of the most surprising work from jobs that were hiring in 2014:

  1. Chief Public Affairs Officer
  2. Chief Operating Officer
  3. Chief of Staff
  4. Chief Executive Officer
  5. Vice President Sales – Financial Services
  6. NATO Special Operations Force Subject Matter Expert/Course Developer
  7. Litigation Attorney
  8. Air Safety Investigator (Instructor)
  9. Senior Staff Attorney
  10. Regulatory Affairs Strategy Consultant
  11. Director of International Sales
  12. Retail and Consumer Industry Leader – Food and Beverage
  13. Senior Branding/Naming Expert
  14. Trainer – (Corporate Practice Management)
  15. Sports Analyst – Volleyball or Sports Analyst – Lacrosse
  16. Fish Biologist
  17. Psychologist
  18. Medical Director – Endocrinology
  19. Physical Education/Health Teacher – High School
  20. Social Worker – SHP

Some of the positions on the list are for well-known companies, like the Environmental Protection Agency, the Mayo Clinic, the American Heart Association, Xerox, Teach for America, the ASPCA, the Chicago Cubs, and New Holland Brewing.

“Many people underestimate the types of legitimate work-from-home jobs available in today’s employment market, but the variety of opportunities represented in this list reveals how rapidly telecommuting jobs are growing and diversifying,” shared Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs in a press release.

So, if you’re looking for a professional, work-from-home position, the right job for you is out there. Keep your eyes open for more and more exciting opportunities in 2015.

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