Are you planning to work remotely in the new year? Are you craving more control over your schedule? Longing to combine work and travel, rather than cramming all of your adventures into a two-week holiday? You’ve come to the right place.
The world of remote work is opening up at rapid rates, making it easier than ever before to literally work from anywhere. According to Quartz, over 5% of Americans (that’s about 8 million people) work from home and the numbers are rapidly increasing. By 2025, the number of people working remotely on a part-time basis is expected to increase to 50% of the workforce. Additionally, according to a recent Buffer survey, 92% of remote workers want to continue to do so.
So, are you ready to join the fold?
Earlier this year, Small Revolution created a list of online remote work job boards for what is available for work from anywhere and everywhere. In honor of what may be your 2020 New Year’s resolution, we have compiled a list based on the 25 best types of remote work jobs we have come across in the community from over 2,000 adventurers on 100 Unsettled retreats!
The 25 Best Remote Jobs!
1. Cyber Security Jobs
If you’re finishing middle school, graduating college or even thinking of switching jobs, chances are that you have given some thought to the sprawling tech industry. With cyberthreats looming large and cybercrime predicted to cost the world US$6 trillion by 2021, it’s no wonder that cybersecurity professionals are a “hot commodity”. In fact, there aren’t enough of them to go around; the number of available cybersecurity professionals would need to grow by a whopping 145% just to meet the global demands of the market.
The future is digital
Few doubt that cybersecurity will increasingly become an important part of most industries. Considering that on a global scale the average cost of a data breach is almost US$4 million, it’s not surprising that organizations are looking to bolster their ranks with cybersecurity professionals.
The doors are open to you in the private or public sector or even as a freelancer. You wouldn’t necessarily have to stick to one role – or one industry, for that matter – since everything is connected nowadays. Everybody needs protection: be it a small and up-and-coming startup, or an enterprise with billions of dollars in revenue.
Cybersecurity keeps on evolving, just as the rest of the tech world does, which means that new roles will emerge while old roles will gradually evolve to encompass new skills. Even now there is an abundance of roles to choose from.
For example, you can become a big data scientist, and work with emerging technologies such as machine learning. If you’re more into solving riddles and looking for flaws, you might become a penetration tester working to crack the security of clients’ IT systems or become an ethical hacker enrolled in official bug bounty programs. While both test the security of different IT systems, their working methods are different. Often, penetration testers are more specialized in specific areas, while ethical hackers are jacks of all trades.
Since the talent gap is so large, companies are offering competitive salaries to entice their prospective candidates. One thing to note is that although salaries are good, they vary depending on the position you are applying for and the region where you are applying.
According to an ISC2 study, the average salary in North America for cybersecurity-related jobs is about US$90,000 a year. Indeed, a job and recruiting website, pretty much backs that with an average figure of US$111,000. Depending on the position and your seniority level, for example, penetration testers make around US$122,000 per year, while network security engineers have an average income of US$117,000 per year and information security analysts have an average salary of US$89,000.
The ICS2 study found that job satisfaction is high among cybersecurity professionals in North America, with 71% respondents saying they are satisfied. Professionals working in this field take pride in the fact that they are defending people and organizations against cybercrime, as well as helping them find solutions to technical problems. Another benefit is that the environment is always changing, which keeps the job interesting: these professionals have a constant series of challenges they must analyze and conquer.
Education and certification
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a degree in cybersecurity to get started in the field. Although an increasing number of universities and colleges offer such degrees, many specialists are self-taught, as clearly there’s more than one route to your goal. If you’re a student applying to universities, then seek out a program that best fits your needs.
If you’re considering a career switch, then you may not have the luxury and time to attend university. In that case, you can get started by trying online courses, attending meetups, and following cybersecurity professionals on online media. Certification can be an important part of your education, since certified professionals tend to rise through the ranks faster and have better salaries. There are multiple certificates available depending on the area you want to specialize in, you just need to choose the right one for you.
There’s no better time than the present to join the ranks of cybersecurity experts. So if you’re ready to dive in, we suggest you start with this course!
2. Copywriting, Blogging, Editing & Freelance Writing Jobs
There are few experiences like soaking up the creativity and the stimulation of new surroundings and pouring all that fresh energy into an empty word document. From personal blogs, copywriting for larger corporations, or editing the work of others through platforms like Upwork, Workew, WeWorkRemotely, Muck Rack, and even LinkedIn. Writing is one of the oldest remote jobs in the book. Just look at the tales of Hemingway, who wrote from cosmopolitan cities like Havana and Paris to fishing boats on the Atlantic and African game reserves!
3. Remote Sales & Marketing Jobs
Many organizations hire remote sales and marketing representatives. From managing social media platforms or providing sales assistance over the phone or virtually, the opportunities are far reaching. Check out websites like WeWorkRemotely, FlexJobs and WorkingNomads.Co for opportunities in the preferred time zone you are dreaming of.
4. Virtual Assistant Jobs
With the world becoming increasingly virtual and internet-reliant, it is now possible to be an assistant from halfway across the world. Excellent at spreadsheets? Planning trips? Doing deep research? Have a skill that you think you think you could easily monetize from afar? Look into the industries and communities that you care about, and they may need your virtual assistance! Check out Upwork, Workew, and VirtualAssistants.com for tons of remote job openings everyday. The website Upwork itself is even hiring a virtual Executive Assistant today!
5. Remote Graphic Designer Jobs
Your computer, your imagination, will travel. Not only will you find inspiration in the colors and textures of new environments but you may find your next big client too. Even websites like Indeed and Airtasker, and the design specific website, Dribbble, advertise remote graphic design positions. Check SideHustleNation’s best graphic design remote job sites!
6. Remote Human Resources Jobs
There will always be a need for HR, especially in an increasingly remote world. It takes a new approach, and a new kind of thinking to manage remote teams, and what better way to learn how to manage a remote team than by working remotely yourself? From recruiting to operations, you may be surprised how many world-renowned large corporations are opening up doors to the “gig economy” and post on job boards on WeWorkRemotely or Workew. This is the time to get in on the ground floor.
7. Remote UI/UX Designer Jobs
Love designing user experiences, customer journeys, and getting people to interact with products in new ways? What if you could do this from Bali, Buenos Aires, or South Africa? Websites like TopTal, and websites like Designer News may be the perfect place to look for explore opportunities.
8. Remote Web Developer/Software Engineer Jobs
The website Gun.io is built especially for you! Consider joining an agency like this that allows you to take your engineering skills on the road, in the air, on the sea, you name it.
9. Remote Product Manager Jobs
Corporations in all sorts of industries hire product managers that can work from a home office or from another continent entirely. From full-time and part-time to contract work, there are many paths to take, including the start-up world. Check out AngelList for what’s out there in the start-up realm. Check out their list.
10. Remote Data Analyst Jobs
Become a freelance data analyst! With companies like TopTal, you will work with an industry expert on top projects from anywhere in the world. Future Jobs hosts job boards for data science and AI positions, and many may have a remote element. The world (and the internet) is truly your oyster.
11. Remote Freelance Consultant Jobs
We have many Unsettlers join us as freelance consultants from industries like health and wellness to financial investing. What’s your expertise? What can you offer others on a consultant basis? If you prefer not being your own boss, companies all around the world frequently hire consultants through Upwork or Workew that either travel for work or work while they travel (or both).
12. Remote Accountant & Bookkeeper Jobs
Don’t they say that math is the same in every language? Whether you are managing the books of your own brick and mortar business or working as a remote accountant for somebody else, why not lighten up tax season from the beach huts of Bali or the picturesque cafes of Buenos Aires? Check out SkillCrush’s top sites for remote job listings.
13. Remote Legal Counsel/Legal Assistant/Paralegal Jobs
We have lived, worked, and explored with many legal professionals in the Unsettled community and have found that if they don’t need to show face in court, spending a month working remotely is so achievable it should be “illegal”. There are tons of remote legal job listings on Remote.co and FlexJobs.
14. Remote Customer Support Jobs
How many customer support specialists have you called or chatted with from the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town? Exactly. Who knows! Many of the job boards and websites listed above are full of customer support opportunities. Answer the call!
15. Remote Teaching Jobs
With an internet connection, a webcam, a quiet room, and coffee (because sometimes you have to wake up early… timezones…) you can be an online teacher in no time. Companies like VIPKid and K12 open many doors for English speakers interested in teaching online whenever suits their schedule. Check out this post on FlexJobs.
16. Remote Tutoring Jobs
SAT tutors, GMAT tutors, homework tutors, we’ve seen it all. Why not start your own tutoring business or try working for one of the many online tutoring providers out there, like iTutor Group? Check out this list of providers on Remote.co. There is always someone that could benefit from your skills, you just gotta find them.
17. Remote Transcription Jobs
Make money by the minute! If you enjoy listening and enjoy typing, calls for transcription jobs are all over the web from every industry you can dream of. Check out these posts from TheWorkAtHomeWife and FlexJobs that are full of companies that need transcribers ASAP.
18. Remote Administrator Jobs
You can take your organizational skills on the road. In today’s digital age, many coordinating and scheduling jobs can be done 100% remotely. Once you download your company’s computer software, you’ll be working from Medellin’s best rooftop bar in no time. Check out who is hiring virtual administrators today on Airtasker or FlexJobs
19. Remote Illustrator/Animator Jobs
Many Unsettler’s have joined us in the middle of working on art projects while others joined us and become artists along the way. Either way, whether it’s freelance work (check out Freelancer and Behance) or a passion project, art is work. Bring it!
20. Remote Researcher Jobs
Are you already an expert researcher? Companies like AskWonder employ thousands of researchers that work on a variety of freelance projects all over the world. You can work where you want, when you went, and always keep learning.
21. Remote Translator Jobs
From bilingual to multilingual, we have had a host of translators live Unsettled. If you can take your talents anywhere, why not give it a go? You may just pick up a new language while you’re at it… Check out FlexJobs’ list of companies with remote translation jobs.
22. Musician. (Yes, it’s a real job.)
If you don’t need the heavy duty equipment of a recording studio, you can literally take the show on the road. Gigging, writing, performing… the world may be waiting to hear your sound. Check out TheWorkAtHomeWoman’s remote careers for music lovers.
23. Health Coach
The health and wellness space is increasingly becoming remote-friendly with internet-based coaching and consultation services. If you are more balanced, inspired, and curious, you are undoubtedly better able to coach others. We have witnessed this first hand countless times! Take a look at Idealist, where they also post remote jobs for NGOs, websites like SimplyHired, and the digital nomad Facebook groups that often share opportunities for health coaching.
24. Audio/Podcasting/Voice overs
Do you have a voice for radio? There truly is a whole world of possibilities. Check out sites like Fiverr where you are a part of a freelance community and can share what you (and your voice) can provide.
25. Create Your Own! Be an Entrepreneur…
I guess you could say that all remote workers are inherently entrepreneurial as they are often creating something from nothing, managing their own schedules, and frequently creating. In fact, many individuals have become entrepreneurs and began to develop their brand new businesses with Udemy Are you next?
You heard it here — working remotely in 2020 is possible.