You don’t have to be a career expert, or even someone who checks Forbes on a monthly (or even yearly) basis to get a good idea of the biggest career trend since Covid-19 has shaken up. our lives.
You guessed it: telecommuting. Remote working was already on the rise before the pandemic, as technology evolved to allow many more tasks to be performed remotely.
Data from Statista shows that while only 17% of workers were remote before Covid-19, in April 2021, 44% were working remotely five days a week. Upwork predicts that while the number of remote workers may decline from these all-time highs, at least 22% will still be working entirely remotely by 2025, which is an 87% increase from pre-KPI numbers. pandemic.
If you’ve been hoping to grow into a position that offers remote working opportunities, or if you’re considering the path ahead and hoping to make a change in your career, now is a great time to explore your remote working options.
Not all industries are evolving in their ability to offer remote work in the same way. With that in mind, you may want to focus your remote work search on opportunities in some of the major industries that offer the furthest potential.
Here are the top seven industries with jobs in demand for remote workers.
You may have noticed that cybersecurity has been at the heart of the business world in recent years. Cybercrime and cyber threats are on the rise, and recent events such as the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, which has caused countless people on the East Coast to rush to the gas station before their gas tanks and gas supplies won’t run out for the weekend, have shown that cybercrime can have disastrous effects in all industries.
In fact, the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a 600% increase in cybercrime, and that makes sense given the number of more people working from home, on unsecured Wi-Fi networks.
The rise of remote working resulting from pandemic lockdowns has also led to an increase in cybersecurity threats. A Deloitte study revealed more than 500,000 cases of video conferencing-related data theft between February and May 2020.
A survey of IT professionals found that only 45% of those polled were confident their company’s IT budget could handle the growing cybersecurity threats resulting from working remotely.
All of these factors mean that cybersecurity expertise will continue to be sought after in many professions, and we will likely see an increase in cybersecurity-related jobs in the future.
As remote working continues, we’ll likely see more remote jobs for IT and cybersecurity professionals.
According to a FlexJobs report on remote jobs with growth potential in 2021, marketing, especially digital marketing, is one of the fastest growing spaces for remote workers.
This should come as no surprise, as we all spend a lot more time online these days. Our screen time may be longer due to remote meetings and working from home, but the data shows that we are looking more at our phones as well.
In 2019, the average American spent three hours a day on their phone. In 2020, that number has increased to four hours a day. That’s 365 more phone hours per year, or the equivalent of over nine weeks of regular work!
It’s no wonder that the marketing and PR space is increasingly focusing on digital marketing as a major strategy. This indicates that more digital marketing jobs will appear for remote workers.
Digital Marketing was also listed as one of the 15 fastest growing jobs in 2021 based on LinkedIn data. If you have experience in this area, or are looking to be a pivot, digital marketing is a great area to explore.
Another major effect of the pandemic has been a bump in the already growing e-commerce sector.
When many Americans were stuck in their homes, delivery through online retailers was their only way to access consumer goods. Others canceled their vacations and spent much less money on meals, which left them with additional discretionary income. This came together to represent a 44% growth in e-commerce sales in the United States.
This massive increase in online spending, coupled with delayed delivery times, has led to an increase in the need for remote customer service representatives.
A customer service job is a great place to start if you’re looking for an entry-level remote job with the potential to grow into management roles. Especially in the startup arena, customer service jobs can be a great stepping stone to higher paying positions.
Tutors and education professionals
The pandemic has reframed not only how we think about distance options in the world of work, but also how we view distance learning and education opportunities.
Hiring for jobs in the education sectors grew by 20% between 2019 and 2020.
With the rise of home schooling, with schools exploring online models and the need for support as education professionals navigate the ‘new normal’ of online education, there has been a strong growth in many sectors of careers in education.
Here are some of the skills sought after by professionals in the education sector:
- Educational advisers
- Course planning / program design
- Development, engineering and design of educational platforms
- Teaching assistants
Tutoring can also be a great way to be an education-focused remote worker. The online tutoring industry is expected to grow by $ 153 billion between 2021 and 2025, which certainly means more remote work opportunities for those interested in tutoring.
If you’re interested in exploring online and distance education careers, check out the FlexJobs list of the top 10 companies that hire for distance education jobs.
Diversity experts at work
Amidst all of the myriad changes of 2020, we have seen an increased focus on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. The summer 2020 demonstrations highlighted the need to rectify institutional prejudices and discrimination in all areas of our society, especially in the world of work.
As more and more companies hope to combat prejudice and combat prejudice within their own organizations, there will be an ever-increasing need for expert consultants with experience in EDI-related issues.
Data shows that hiring for DCI roles has increased 90% since 2019. It’s no wonder that consultant roles for people with DCI expertise consistently top the lists of the most remote jobs. requested in 2021.
The 2021 Flexjobs report on the best flexible careers in 2021 includes the nonprofit sector as one of the fastest growing spaces for remote and flexible jobs.
Some of the most in-demand roles and skills include:
- Grant Writer / Grant Creator
- Climate policy
- Data analysis
- Development assistant
- Community awareness
I know a lot of people who have made the transition from corporate America to the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. I also know many others who told me they always wanted to take this step. If this sounds like you, maybe this year is your chance to make a difference by contributing to the nonprofit space.
Don’t know where to start your search? Foundation List has created a very useful list of 24 job boards with publications from the nonprofit sector.
Translation / bilingual positions
It could be argued that we are more globally connected than ever before. In a context of unprecedented digital connectivity, the demand for bilingual and multilingual teleworkers is greater than ever.
FlexJobs noted that jobs that require multilingual skills are among the fastest growing jobs in remote work.
Translator jobs are particularly in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also noted that jobs for interpreters and translators are expected to increase by 20% between 2019 and 2029.
It is not only translator jobs that will favor those who are bilingual. Language skills will be in high demand in many industries including medical, education and customer service, and the list goes on.
If you are bilingual or multilingual, you may be able to turn your language skills into one of the many distance opportunities.
As we begin to see the return to the office, remote jobs and flexible jobs are definitely here to stay. It is a very exciting time to explore the job market as some of the limitations of geography and the need to work in person become less and less important.
I predict this will only open up more opportunities for job seekers to share their various perspectives and skills. If 2021 is your year to find the perfect remote job, I wish you all the best!