The 20 best work at home in 2021.
Working from home was on the rise even before the Covid-19 pandemic forced corporations to vacate their offices. Telecommuting is here to stay for millions of employees, nearly a year after the first coronavirus lockdowns.
Upwork, a career platform for remote employees and freelancers, reports that nearly 57 percent of Americans work from home at least some of the time in a fourth-quarter 2020 study, with 42 percent of that group employed remotely full time.
Upwork predicts that 36.2 million employees in the United States will be absolutely remote by 2025, almost double the pre-pandemic levels.
For both staff and employers, working from home has advantages. Studies by the San Diego research and consultancy company Global Workplace Analytics have shown that telecommuting saves time and resources for employers and staff, decreases stress, improves efficiency, reduces exposure to office colds and flus, and benefits the environment by reducing the number of commuters.
According to FlexJobs, a platform for remote employment, among the fastest-growing career categories for remote jobs are: computers and IT, medical and wellness, project management, sales, accounting and finance, customer service and marketing.
In a quote, Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, said, “The coronavirus pandemic has permanently reshaped the workplace and how, when and where people work.” “The realization that remote work is smart, strategic and sustainable for businesses to embrace, improving not only the bottom line, but also providing benefits to the general workforce, has forever disrupted business models.”
A list of 20 legal work-at-home workers has been put together by Bankrate. Wage and work growth data comes from the 2019 version of the U.S. unless noted. Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rather than average wages, the BLS lists median wages. In the center of the data collection, the median wage is, with half of the workers paying less and half paying more. Projections for BLS job-growth are for 2019 to 2029.
Twenty best-from-home-work jobs:
Developer for the Internet
Specialist in tech support
Virtual Assistant Assistant
Therapist for marriage and family
Specialist in social media
Registered representative for insurance
Specialist in data entry
Designer of graphics
Representative for customer service
Developer of Apps
Tester for blogs
Meeting, convention and planner for events
Clerk for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing
1. Developer for the Internet
For personal or commercial usage, web developers build and design websites. In publishing, advertisement, management consultancy, computer systems design and other areas, they may put their talents to use.
Jobs growth is estimated at 8 percent through 2029, which, according to the BLS, is much higher than the average growth rate of 4 percent for all occupations.
Median annual salary: 73,760 dollars
2. Specialist in tech support
Computer support professionals are recruited by organizations, nonprofits, contact centers and several other firms to work remotely.
As organizations update computer equipment and software, the BLS forecasts 8 percent growth in this sector through 2029.
Median annual wage: (specialist in computer network support): $63,460
Median annual salary (specialist in machine user support): $52,270
3. Virtual Assistant Assistant
For a wide variety of sectors, such as health care, law, government and finance, virtual assistants provide administrative, technological and/or artistic services. You may own a company with a virtual assistant or work for a corporation that makes you accessible to customers.
The pay range is wide, since virtual assistants work in several different fields.
Median annual salary: varies widely
You will find work-from-home gigs with schools, hospitals, courts, companies and other public and private sector agencies if you have native-level proficiency in English and at least one other language. Interpreters work in a language or sign language that is spoken; translators work with documents in writing or audio.
Annual median wage: $51,830
5. Therapist for marriage and family
Usually, marriage and family therapists operate full time and many have private practices. Online video conferencing apps such as Zoom and Skype allow patients without leaving home to “visit” their therapists.
Median annual salary: 49,610 dollars
6. Paralegal/legal adjunct
In order to help attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants perform a number of activities, such as legal analysis and filing papers. These positions can be found in government agencies and corporate legal departments, although most work for law firms,
Annual median wage: $51,740
For teachers and students, advanced technologies and high-speed internet access have provided opportunities to work together from afar. Many schools and colleges were inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic to move temporarily to virtual classrooms.
The BLS expects to raise the demand for teachers from kindergarten, middle school and high school by around 4 percent by 2029, on par with the average growth rate for all occupations. Demand is projected to rise by 9 percent by 2029 for teachers at the college and university level.
Annual median wage:
Kindergarten and high school: $59,420
High School: 61,660 dollars
High school: 59,660 dollars
8. Loan Officer
Loan officers review loan applications and approve them. For commercial banks and credit unions, mortgage firms and other financial institutions, most loan officers operate.
It is expected that the demand for loan officers will increase as the economy improves. For this career, the growth rate is 3 percent through 2029.
Median annual salary: 63,270 dollars
9. Specialist in social media
For companies to have a presence on social media is becoming increasingly necessary. If you have the opportunity to use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you can work from home by helping companies through social media marketing promote their brand and their goods.
Average basic wage according to the online work market Indeed: $37,5588 Indeed: $37,5588
10. Sales agents for insurance
Many people find it easy to search for insurance online, but to help them pick the best policy, they also need to talk to a licensed insurance rep.
Increasingly, insurance firms outsource their incoming phone calls to contact centers, and then employ or negotiate with licensed insurance reps. There’s a fair chance you’re talking to someone who works from home if you see a life insurance policy commercial on TV and call the number on your computer.
Job growth is projected to be 5 percent by 2029 in this sector.
Annual median wage: $50,940
There are work-from-home opportunities for individuals with writing, editing, proofreading and fact-checking skills if you have a computer, internet access and the right qualifications and/or experience.
A competitive market is faced by bloggers, journalists, technical writers and editors who know how to prepare and present content and meet deadlines. Demand is projected to drop marginally by 2029 for writers and editors, but these positions are very consistent with working from home.
Median annual salary (writer): 63,200 dollars
Annual median salary (editor): $61,370
12. Transcriptionist Medical
A medical transcriptionist listens to physicians and other healthcare workers’ voice recordings and transcribes them into written records. A transcriptionist may work for or be self-employed at a hospital, doctor’s office, a third-party service.
It is expected that the expansion of healthcare facilities will boost demand for this work, but due to technical advancements and outsourcing, a slight decline is predicted.
Annual median wage: $33,380
13. Specialist in data entry
A data entry professional, also called a data entry operator or clerk, inputs information into a computer system from handwritten or physical documents.
Bills, accounts, medical records, cancelled checks or other data may be such records.
According to Indeed, average base salary: $2,244 a month
14. Designer of graphics
You could make good money working from home if you have experience designing logos and T-shirts or using computer software to produce brochures, ads and book covers.
Websites such as Fiverr.com and 99designs.com will assist you in reaching potential customers who need your services. The extent of the project and your experience will depend on how much you receive. By 2029, demand for this job is expected to decrease marginally, but it is very suitable for remote jobs.
Median annual salary: $52,110 annually
15. Representative for customer service
The person on the other end of the line could be sitting in a home office when you call to order something from a catalog or infomercial. A major business is the employment of independent contractors to manage complaints, process orders and answer questions.
For this work, a small decrease in demand is expected, but it is seen in a wide variety of sectors, such as retail and financial firms, utilities and other business forms.
Median annual wage: 34,710 dollars
16. Developer of Apps
Applications or programs that run on a machine or other device are developed by software developers. In order to build and test all sorts of software and applications, they apply the concepts of engineering, analytics and computer science. Companies dealing with computer systems design and related services, manufacturing, or software publishers are employed by many software developers.
Annual median wage: $107,510
17. Tester for blogs
Places such as UserTesting.com and Userlytics.com pay individuals to test, then post their reviews on numerous websites and mobile apps. To get impartial reviews, companies use website testers.
Opportunities can be restricted for this job, often referred to as “remote usability testing.” Tests may be charged $10 to, for example, perform a 20-minute test. This is more of a gig on the side.
Annual median wage: N/A
18. Registered nurse
The growth in telehealth, which is health care services delivered remotely through computers, mobile devices and by telephone, has opened up opportunities for registered nurses to work from home.
More insurance companies have added patient support lines, telephone triage and other telephone and computer options to meet patients’ needs without having to visit a doctor’s office, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The BLS projects 7 percent growth in this field through 2029.
Median annual wage: $73,300
19. Meeting, convention and event planner
Whether it’s a convention, a fundraiser or a birthday party that needs to be organized, event planners have ample opportunity to do a lot of the work from home via phone and computer.
The job may require you to visit potential meeting sites. Candidates with experience in the hospitality business and a college degree in hospitality or related field such as tourism management will have the best opportunities. The BLS projects 8 percent growth in this field through 2029.
Median annual wage: $50,600
20. Bookkeeping, accounting, auditing clerk
Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks produce financial records and ensure their accuracy. These jobs are suited to working from home, with occasional visits to clients and some overtime hours to be expected.
Employment in this field is expected to decline by 2029 as technological changes and automation reduce demand.
Median annual wage: $41,230
Avoid work-from-home scams
For every real work-at-home job, there are dozens of frauds. Scammers try to steal your identity and/or money by getting personal information that a new hire would be expected to give an employer, such as a Social Security number or bank account number.
When considering a work-from-home job, put up your scam-detection radar. “First and foremost, trust your gut,” advises Christine Durst, who runs Rat Race Rebellion, an online job site that caters to the work-at-home and virtual workforce. “Almost every scam victim I’ve spoken with says, ‘I sort of felt like something wasn’t right.’”
In addition, keep in mind that legit jobs don’t ask you to send them money and or cash/deposit checks.
Durst says to look for these signs that you are dealing with a legitimate employer:
- The hirer is an established company.
- The job ad includes the company name and does not ask applicants to reply to a blind email address.
- Human resources personnel are available for questions.
- There is mention of company benefits and vacation policies — information commonly associated with “real” employment.
- There is an application and interview process, not simply an emailed offer.
- The employer can detail the job duties and expectations.
- References/work samples are requested.