If you now have technical skills, you’re in the driver’s seat and you don’t even have to leave your driveway.
Indeed, for some workers this is their time to hit pay dirt, a $100,000 annual salary, along with numerous benefits such as telecommuting.
FlexJobs, an online employment agency, points to 15 categories of in demand jobs that today will often allow a worker to escape egregious E-train rides.
“It is a common misconception that work from home jobs are scams, or only exist in specific industries like customer service or data entry, and are lower paying, but that couldn’t be further from the truth,” says Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs.
Who Does What?
These jobs, she adds, include posts such as head of community marketing, market lead and business development director.
Another employment pro notes that “These professionals do not need to be onsite to perform their job functions as most of the time, they are internet and cloud-based.” Jason Deneu, Metro Marking Manager for Robert Half, says because work is increasingly remote, firms are recruiting from around the nation.
The work applicants for these select positions are gaining from current trends, FlexJob officials say. There is suddenly much turnover owing to a tight labor market. People often quit these jobs, Sutton says, because they get better ones.
Still, these elite jobs require a “high level of technical experience,” adds Brie Reynolds, a senior career specialist with FlexJobs.
One needs some experience in areas such as business development and software, she says (See Notes: Help Wanted at Six Figure Pay).
These elite workers increasingly expect to work from home as well as other perks.
But some companies, another employment executive warns, don’t understand this.
“In today’s competitive hiring environment, job candidates are looking at more than just salary and bonus—they seek the complete package and place added emphasis on quality of life,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for employment agency Robert Half. It surveys employee attitudes.
“Companies that don’t offer in-demand non-monetary perks,” McDonald adds, “in addition to a competitive salary and benefits are not likely to land or keep top performers.”
For instance, “the number of people who have quit a job due to a lack of flexibility, has doubled from 17 percent in 2014 to 34 percent in 2018,” Robert Half found in a survey.
What’s the best way for a worker to find the dream job from home?
“Solicit assistance from national recruiters and IT consulting firms that are remote based,” says Half’s Deneu. “As a professional, you want to see and hear about new and upcoming jobs.”
Hope for the Rest of Us
Reynolds adds that there is hope for those workers who aren’t in the select technical worker group.
“You don’t necessarily have to have an advanced degree to get good jobs in these fields. If you develop some of the skills, say get one of the smaller technical certifications, you could get a good job,” she says.
Take coding, a basic skill of the information age. Reynolds says her young child is already learning it. She adds anyone can pick up the skill line at online sites such as General Assembly and Skillcrush, among others.
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Each of these jobs is a full-time position that pays at least $100,000 and has remote work options.
*Business Development Director, Salary $150,000
*Mobile Lead, Salary $150,000
*Technical Lead—Android or iOS, Salary $140,000-$200,000
*Curriculum Lead, $130,000 to $150,000