Remote jobs used to be hard to come by but with the pandemic lingering, more and more employers are offering them.
Covid-19 has truly turned the world of work upside down. If you have an office-based job, you may have recently become a remote worker by default. Perhaps you love your new commute that entails just twenty steps from your bed to your office and have wondered if a remote job is for you—even after your boss and co-workers head back into the office. Monster data shows a huge uptick in the number of job searches for remote positions since the coronavirus pandemic began last spring. As well, our research shows that workplace safety is at the top of mind of many job seekers, and finding the best remote jobs is one smart way to avoid infection.
If you’re determined to make the switch to a remote job or are just looking for a safe gig until the pandemic ends, here’s a tip: search for any job title and add “remote” to the location field to increase your search results. With most offices closed, many employers are expanding the reach of their talent search and are willing to hire remote workers outside of their geographic area. For instance, an employer based in Boston might be open to hiring a remote worker based in San Diego if the fit is right. Don’t limit yourself only to jobs in your city.
There are some jobs that simply lend themselves better to being remote—think customer service, tech, finance, or marketing. We’ve collected 10 jobs to work remotely—some require more training and experience, some less, and we’ve listed an equal number of both—so read on to find your new commute-free career.
What you’d do: This numbers-based career choice is a strong one, as every business must maintain accurate financial records, statements, and tax returns. Accountants can easily work for themselves, on their own schedule; the pay and job security are superior.
How much you can make: Accountants can expect to earn $38.23 per hour or $79,520 per year.
Education or experience needed: A bachelor’s degree and an accounting certificate is required (if you aim to become a certified public accountant, an extra year of training—and passing a series of tough tests—is needed).
Customer service representative
What you’d do: Pretty much every company that sells retail products—from blenders to broadband—has a support staff to help buyers with after-purchase questions or problems. Customer service jobs can easily be done at home, either over the phone or via Internet chat, hours are flexible, and you won’t need a lot of training (but a patient nature certainly helps) before you begin.
How much you can make: Customer-service reps can expect to earn $17.94 per hour or $37,320 per year.
Education or experience needed: A high school diploma is all it takes to get your foot in the door as a customer service rep.
What you’d do: This career entails entering facts and figures into databases. Businesses use the services of data entry workers to keep track of anything quantifiable—from sales figures to inventory to worker performance. Generally, these jobs are project-based, can be done on a flexible schedule, and job security is high.
How much you can make: Data-entry workers can expect to earn $17.52 per hour or $36,440 per year.
Education or experience needed: A high school diploma plus knowledge of database software can get you started in this field.
What you’d do: This crucial health care job is one of the few that doesn’t require you to work with patients. The work entails taking doctors’ notes from patient appointments and assigning each a billing code that will allow practices to be paid by insurance companies. The work is well-paid and easily done from home.
How much you can make: Medical-billing coders can expect to earn $19.53 per hour or $40,620 per year.
Education or experience needed: High school diploma
What you’d do: This career choice is perfect for great communicators, as it involves helping brands encapsulate their message via search-engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC), traffic generation, as well as affiliated marketing. Online marketers are among the best remote jobs thanks top-notch income, workplace flexibility, and a strong career future.
How much you can make: Experienced marketers can expect to earn up to $68.91 per hour or $143,330 per year.
Education or experience needed: Online marketing jobs will require a bachelor’s degree.
What you’d do: This is a job whose name accurately describes what it entails. Growing customer bases and increasing purchases is the purview of sales professionals. This career includes contacting clients—both existing and potential—to boost your company’s business, and keeping those customers happy. It’s a job that can easily be done from a home office, pays quite well (bonuses for meeting or exceeding quotas are common), and is great for those who love interacting with people.
How much you can make: Experienced sales workers can expect to earn $34.45 per hour or $71,660 per year.
Education or experience needed: Sales representative jobs often require a bachelor’s degree.
What you’d do: Technology is an industry with some of the more high-paying remote jobs. Software developers craft the interfaces—from software to apps—between computers and human beings. This career choice offers a high pay rate, low unemployment numbers, and remote-work friendliness. Software developer jobs are expected to be strong for the foreseeable future. For those without job experience, there are many free or low-cost training options out there.
How much you can make: Developers can expect to earn $51.44 per hour or $106,980 per year.
Education or experience needed: Bachelor’s degree plus experience or post-graduate training is usually required for these gigs.
What you’d do: Obviously, many public schools in the country have turned to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic, but there are many longer-term options for teachers in districts who allow online instruction as an option to families in their districts. Tutors, especially those who instruct international students in English, have long worked at home or from the location of their choice. Both career trajectories offer many open positions and are looking strong for the long-term.
Pay: Teachers and tutors can expect to earn $27.75 per hour or $57,710 per year.
Education or experience needed: A bachelor’s degree in education is required to become a public-school teacher; as long as you have above-average skills in the area in which you are instructing, a high school diploma is sufficient for tutoring.
What you’d do: This career involves listening to audio files and typing up exactly the language used by the speaker or speakers. Great typing skills and a detail-oriented nature will help make you a success in this field. Most projects are assigned with a deadline, not an hourly schedule, so as long as that is met, where and when you conduct the work is up to you.
How much you can make: Transcriptionists can expect to earn $16.93 per hour or $35,210 per year.
Education or experience needed: These jobs simply require a high school diploma.
What you’d do: A virtual assistant does exactly what in-house administrative assistants do. They offer support to a professional—or team of them—scheduling appointments, making travel plans, and updating databases, from an off-site location.
How much you can make: $17.75 per hour or $36,920 per year
Education or experience needed: A high school diploma will help get you a virtual assistant role.