Best Telecommuting Jobs
Any list of the "best" of anything is by nature somewhat subjective. However, June Langhoff, a well-respected and heavily published telecommuting guru has compiled a list of the "10 Best Jobs for Telecommuting," and here they are:
Information technology workers are in short supply, compared to demand, and therefore have leverage in requesting working conditions. Hence, more IT workers are demanding telecommuting as an option and a condition of employment.
A 1997 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Study said that about 450,000 lawyers and judges telecommute. That was then. The number is probably greater now. An advantage to legal professionals is that telecommuting may enable them to expand their client base.
There are approximately 4.7 million customer service agents working in call centers today, a number which is expected to double by the end of the year 2005.
Salespeople have worked out of remote sites, including their homes, for a long time. Today, there are some 1.5 million sales reps, and at some companies, entire salesforces work from virtual offices.
The job of a field auditor is one that is almost always performed off-site, and accountants are following suit.
Most management jobs are knowledge-based and therefore well suited for telecommuting.
All kinds of writers work from home these days: general freelance writers, technical writers, public relations specialties, and reporters. Of an estimated 300,000 writers working today, about 25% are telecommuters.
Web workers run the gamut, from content producers, to archivists, on-line editors, web masters and more.
Doing graphic work on computers is the norm, and more and more people in graphic arts can work from home.
An estimated 55,000 people currently staff software help desks, and the number is growing all the time. By deploying such workers as telecommuters, companies more easily can field calls and help clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.