The Top 10 Career Fields for Flexible Jobs
If you’re interested in finding a better job that fits your life, flexible jobs offer options like remote working, flexible or part-time schedules, and freelance or project work.
This kind of flexibility in when and where you work can make a huge difference in your quality of life.
But what is the flexible job market like? To find out, we’ve identified the top 10 career fields for flexible jobs in 2019 so far.
What do we mean by a “flexible job”?
It’s any professional-level job that offers flexibility in terms of when, where, and how work gets done. Examples include:
- Remote jobs (a.k.a. telecommute or work-from-home) that are full-time and part-time
- Freelance (contract) jobs
- Jobs with flexible schedules or alternative work hours
The release of our list of the top career fields for flexible jobs is one way we’re celebrating National Flex Day! On October 15, 2019, join FlexJobs and 1 Million for Work Flexibility to celebrate and encourage flexible work options for all.
About the Flexible Career Fields on This List
To identify the top job categories for flexible jobs, FlexJobs examined the volume of job postings across more than 50 job categories. Below are the top 10 job categories that had the most flexible job postings between January 1, 2019, and September 30, 2019.
Examples of common flexible job titles and companies recently hiring within those job categories are also included.
The Top 10 Career Fields for Flexible Jobs
Read below for descriptions of each of these career fields, and click the links to view thousands of current flexible job openings!
These jobs can range from computer repair to website maintenance to Internet security positions. Computer and IT jobs often involve providing in-house support for internal computer systems, so training and knowledge in this particular area is important. Industries like information security, digital marketing, cloud solutions, business consulting, education, healthcare, and media hire regularly for flexible computer and IT jobs.
Companies hiring for flexible computer & IT jobs:
Recent flexible computer & IT jobs:
- Systems Administrator
- Business Systems Analyst
- Network Security Engineer
Nearly every company in operation relies upon sales staff to build a larger customer base and increase revenue. Sales professionals often enjoy interacting with others and have excellent interpersonal skills used to drive sales goals and operations. Outside of selling products and services, sales jobs are responsible for generating leads, networking, and managing relationships.
Companies hiring for flexible sales jobs:
Recent flexible sales jobs:
- Territory Sales Manager
- Sales Representative
- Account Executive
Jobs in the medical and health career field come in a variety of forms, from trained medical professionals and administrators, to case managers and social workers. In addition to providing healthcare services, health and medical jobs are related to medical research, health information services, health administration, public health, ethics, regulatory bodies, and lifestyle management.
Companies hiring for flexible medical & health jobs:
Recent flexible medical & health jobs:
- Clinical Trial Manager
- Medical Coder
- Clinical Research Associate
Software development professionals are responsible for designing software programs and testing and debugging software. As software continues to play a bigger role in the day-to-day lives of individuals and companies, software development jobs will be in high demand.
Companies hiring for flexible software development jobs:
Recent flexible software development jobs:
- Software Engineer
- Software Developer
- Mobile Game Developer
Project managers develop requirements, budgets, and schedules for their firms’ information technology, development, or production projects. They coordinate such projects from development through implementation, working with internal and external clients, vendors, consultants, and computer specialists. Often times, a certification like Project Management Professional (PMP) is required or preferred by employers for these types of jobs.
Companies hiring for flexible project management jobs:
Recent flexible project management jobs:
- Project Manager
- Project Coordinator
- Senior Product Manager
Account management positions involve the planning, coordination, and directing of various programs and plans to meet organizational objectives. Account managers work closely with customers to help them attain their goals while maintaining budgetary guidelines. Account managers may also be referred to as client manager, account executive, program assistant, account representative, or sales representative.
Companies hiring for flexible account management jobs:
Recent flexible account management jobs:
- Account Manager
- Client Success Account Manager
- Customer Success Manager
People in customer service roles serve as a dedicated point of contact for customers in need of assistance or information. Interacting with clients in person, on IM, over email, or on the phone, customer service professionals work to ensure that customers are satisfied with products or services. When issues arise, they work to resolve them in a timely manner with a positive attitude.
Companies hiring for flexible customer service jobs:
Recent flexible customer service jobs:
- Customer Service Representative
- Client Manager
- Customer Support Agent
Flexible work options are popular in the education and training career field, with many offering the ability to work virtually thanks to the growing field of online education and training. Professionals will find educator and support roles related to K-12 teaching, college and university education, professional development, skill building, early childhood education, and organizational training.
Companies hiring for flexible education & training jobs:
Recent flexible education & training jobs:
- Adjunct Faculty/Instructor
- Online Teacher
- Online Tutor
Accounting and finance careers involve the processing of financial data, handling accounts payable and receivable, organizing records, and assisting with tax preparation. Accounting and finance professionals often work in positions where they assist customers with their accounting records, bill paying, and collections.
Companies hiring for flexible accounting & finance jobs:
Recent flexible accounting & finance jobs:
- Finance Manager
- Business Analyst
Marketing professionals promote and educate potential clients on products and services to help clients identify needs they may have, in areas like digital and print marketing. Then they help clients through the process of attaining these things by using their highly developed interpersonal skills. The marketing profession offers job opportunities in most industries.
Companies hiring for flexible marketing jobs:
Recent flexible marketing jobs:
- Social Media Marketing Manager
- Paid Media Strategist
- Director of Growth Marketing
The Many Reasons People Need and Want Flexible Jobs
National Flex Day is a chance for everyone to talk about what work flexibility has meant or would mean for their lives. At FlexJobs, we’ve helped over 4 million professionals seeking flexibility since the company was founded in 2007. We’ve learned that there are many, many reasons people desire work flexibility.
In our latest survey of over 7,000 professionals interested in flexibility, the results confirmed that there are four main reasons for seeking out flexible work. The four answers below have been the same top four reported reasons people seek flexible work since we began conducting our annual survey in 2013.
- Work-life balance (75%)
- Family (45%)
- Time savings (42%)
- Commute stress (41%)
But there are many other reasons people want or need to find a flexible job, as this full list of responses demonstrates:
Start Your Search for a Flexible Job
What better way to celebrate National Flex Day than to land a flexible job of your own? In addition to the top career fields for flexible jobs listed above, we have many more career areas—over 50 in total. Our hand-screened listings of remote, part-time, freelance, and flexible schedule jobs can help you have a safer and faster job search.
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A version of this article was originally published on October 6, 2017.
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