With so many work-from-home options, here are great ones to consider

February 28, 2022 - 11 min read

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Remote work before and now 

10 best remote jobs to consider

The bottom line

The COVID-19 pandemic led to many shuttered offices, forcing companies to adapt to working remotely. Even as shutdowns have lifted, the effect has lingered. There are now far more companies that allow employees to work from home.

Adapting to change is tough, but some careers are better suited to this new shift than others. We’ve compiled a list of some great remote-work options if you’re looking for inspiration. 

Remote work before and now 

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While some people have always worked from home, it wasn’t very common. Working from home was reserved for a certain type of employee, often part-time. Many who worked from home did it for childcare reasons.

During the pandemic,  going into the office hasn’t been an option — or a desire — for many. 

Now that working from home is a viable option, many people are drawn to remote job opportunities.

According to a survey by UpWork, almost 57% of Americans are working from home part-time. The same survey found that 42% of Americans are working remotely full-time, and that number is projected to rise.

Like any situation, online jobs have their perks and drawbacks.

Both employees and employers save money with work-from-home setups. Employees no longer have to pay for commutes. Companies can potentially save on costs associated with office space. And, with less risk of exposure to illnesses, everyone’s physical well-being may improve.

On the flip side, meaningful social interaction decreases. Cultivating relationships via video conferencing platforms isn’t the same as in-person interactions. Plus, establishing a work-life balance is more challenging. Loneliness and isolation are two significant factors that can harm one’s mental well-being.

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This new era has seen many career categories grow. Remote jobs skyrocketed for IT, health-centric roles, sales, accounting, and marketing. Together, this is reshaping the workplace. 

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10 best remote jobs to consider

With so many types of roles being done remotely, with some creativity and a good manager, you can make WFH work for you. Some positions are particularly well-suited.

Listed below are 10 of the best positions to consider for your next job search if you're looking to make the transition and be a remote worker. 

1. Web developer

Web and software developers create websites for personal or professional work. People with these skills are hired to consult or join companies full-time in many industries. 

Developers typically have a post-secondary degree in computer science. The median wage for this career in 2020 was $77,200

2. Translator

Translating documents from one language to another is a wonderful work-from-home opportunity. This work doesn’t require any in-person contact. You can work with a variety of organizations, including schools, courts, and hospitals. 

All translators must be fluent in at least two languages and should possess a degree in language studies. The median wage in 2020 was about $52,000

3. Paralegal

A paralegal is a legal assistant. They help lawyers with research and preparing official documents. Paralegals can work for law firms or the government. 

To become a paralegal, you’ll need a diploma in legal studies, typically issued by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). You can also take an official post-secondary law degree, but it isn’t mandatory. The approximate salary for this job is around $53,700

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4. Tutors

Thanks to many technological innovations, teaching students digitally is easier than ever. Platforms like Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Zoom, and messaging apps like Slack, Asana, and WhatsApp, allow students, teachers, and parents to keep in contact. 

Demand for tutors with the communication skills to deliver lessons online is high and likely to increase over the next few years. Requirements for tutors vary, but they typically must have a bachelor’s degree and complete state-level certification.  

Tutoring can be your full-time job or a side hustle, and your rate can vary widely depending on what subject you are teaching and your experience level. The average wage is around $25 an hour, with a median annual salary of just under $41,000. These numbers also vary widely from state to state.

5. Social media manager

Having an online presence is vital for businesses. Small and large companies alike rely on individuals to create social media content and promote their brands. 

Despite many being tech-savvy these days, candidates who have a degree in communications or public relations, marketing, or journalism, stand out amongst the rest when hiring. Having a strong portfolio is a great advantage.  

The average annual income for these positions is around $49,000.

6. Writer or editor

Writing and editing content can usually be done anywhere with a dependable internet connection. This position often involves some research and can also include proofreading and fact-checking. Qualified individuals often have diverse backgrounds, including journalism, literature, marketing, or technical writing. 

Writers often have a degree in English literature, creative writing, communications, or journalism. 

The median incomes are between $40,000 and $60,000. 

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7. Graphic designer

A graphic designer is a great option for detail-oriented creative souls. Graphic designers may create logos, brochures, advertisements, or book covers.

A certificate or four-year degree in visual arts or graphic design is usually needed to acquire graphic design skills. A portfolio is also helpful. 

The yearly income is approximately $53,000.

8. Event planner

This role may require traveling to assess locations and be on hand at events.  It likely isn’t completely remote. But if you have a computer and a phone, you can fulfill many responsibilities at home.

You have to be comfortable working with new tools to collaborate virtually because you will be working with others. A background in hospitality, management, or customer service makes you a great candidate for event planning. 

There aren’t set education requirements for event planners. You may have an advantage with a degree or training in business, public relations, communications, or hospitality.

The median income is just over $51,000

9. Bookkeeper

Many accounting and other data entry jobs are digital, not paper-based. Most bookkeepers have an associate or bachelor’s degree in math, writing, or communications. 

Detail-oriented individuals who have experience with numbers or commerce will excel in this role and earn about $42,200 a year

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10. Registered nurse

Advancements in health care practices are continually occurring due to demand. Registered nurses are able to provide care from home, including consulting, dealing with insurance claims, being an educator, case management, and emergency and mental health support through call centers that people can contact at any hour.

A four-year undergraduate degree in nursing is required to practice this type of medicine. Nurses earn just over $75,00 per year on average

The bottom line

Events of the last two years have led to a significant restructuring of our personal and professional lives. When abrupt and long-lasting change occurs, we can feel lost and struggle to find meaning in what we do

BetterUp is here to help you find your purpose again. That may mean a career shift — or transitioning from an in-person role to one that’s remote. Our coaches are here to steer you through your options and help you determine the best step for you. Our goal: For you to live passionately and reach your full potential. 

If you’re willing to put in the effort, we’re here to guide you and let your talents shine. 

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Published February 28, 2022

Elizabeth Perry

Content Marketing Manager, ACC

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