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Job seekers who want to join the remote workforce may want to start looking for positions in the health care or information technology industries, new data shows.
A study by FlexJobs — an online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible-schedule, part-time and freelance jobs — revealed that some industries are much more flexible than others. In addition to health care and IT, education, nonprofit and philanthropy, and sales and marketing all offer the type of flexibility many job seekers want.
Specifically, job titles like sales representative, senior analyst, nurse case manager, account executive, Web or software developer, accountant and virtual teacher are some of the most commonly found remote positions.
"The great news is remote work options are — and have been — on the upswing within companies," said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. "But the bad news is that it is still really difficult for most job seekers to find these legitimate job opportunities amidst the scam, junk and ads mixed in on most job boards out there."
As part of its research, FlexJobs uncovered the top 100 companies that are most likely to hire telecommuting and remote workers in 2014. The following companies top this year's list:
- UnitedHealth Group
- American Express
- First Data
"We hope this list can be a useful tool to help job seekers know which companies to keep an eye on during their job search," Fell said.
Based on the research, FlexJobs predicts that this year is poised to be the best year yet for professionals interested in remote, telecommuting and work-from-home jobs.
"We are definitely noticing the trend of more companies who truly embrace flexibility," said Kelly Kirby, director of research for FlexJobs. "And even though we've researched thousands of jobs, we are still surprised daily by some of the positions we come across."
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.