10 Fast-Growing Careers for Remote Jobs in 2021

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This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.

Though the pandemic has disrupted the workplace, the bright note is that it has increased access to remote jobs across many career fields.

More than half of companies have hired new staff remotely during the pandemic. And U.S. Census Bureau data finds that in major metro areas such as San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Seattle, more than half of the labor force is working from home.

That said, remote work is growing more quickly in some fields than in others. With that in mind, we analyzed the more than 50 career categories in our database, comparing the number of remote jobs posted in March 2020 versus December 2020 to determine the 10 fastest-growing remote career categories.

The career categories listed below have seen remote work job listings grow more than 25% since March, indicating they will be promising fields for remote job seekers in 2021.

These fast-growing remote career fields are presented from highest to lowest growth and include recent remote job postings.

1. Marketing

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Marketing is a dynamic career with opportunities in most major industries. Marketers promote and educate the public on products and services. Marketers may help clients identify any needs they have and help the client achieve their goals.

Recent remote marketing jobs:

  • Content Marketer
  • Marketing Operations Specialist
  • Market Research Specialist

2. Administrative

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Administrative professionals may manage an office (in-person or virtually), handle personnel issues, process communication, manage projects, or handle financial matters.

Recent remote administrative jobs:

  • Executive Assistant
  • Title Specialist and Policy Typist
  • Administrative Assistant

3. HR and Recruiting

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Human resources professionals and recruiters help connect people with the right job and provide support for employees during their employment. HR professionals may be generalists or specialize in specific areas like employee relations, benefits administration, or workers compensation, while recruiters specialize in finding candidates to fill open positions.

Recent remote HR and recruiting jobs:

  • Recruiter
  • On-Boarding Coordinator
  • Human Resources Data Analyst

4. Accounting and Finance

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Professionals in the accounting and finance field may process financial data, work with accounts payable and receivables, organize financial records, and assist with tax preparation.

Recent remote accounting and finance jobs:

  • Staff Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Senior Tax Accountant

5. Graphic Design

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Graphic designers create visual communications solutions. They translate the words and thoughts of their clients into visually pleasing images.

Recent remote graphic design jobs:

  • Senior Store Designer
  • Associate Experience Designer
  • Senior Brand Designer, UX

6. Customer Service

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Customer service representatives interact directly with customers to provide information and support with their questions and concerns via telephone, email, chat, or snail mail.

Recent remote customer service jobs:

  • Patient Navigator
  • Support Agent
  • Customer Support Representative

7. Writing

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Writers create a wide variety of written materials for audiences. They can work as authors or technical writers, creating original content for websites, print, and other media.

Recent remote writing jobs:

  • Mortgage Reporter
  • Principal Medical Writer – Phase 1 Oncology
  • Social Media Relationships Manager

8. Mortgage and Real Estate

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When people buy or sell a property, they turn to real estate agents or mortgage companies to help them navigate the process. Real estate agents and mortgage professionals help their clients understand the financial, legal, and insurance aspects of transferring properties.

Recent remote mortgage and real estate jobs:

  • Escrow Trust Accounting Representative
  • Transfer Coordinator 1
  • Mortgage Loan Processor 4

9. Internet and E-Commerce

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The internet and e-commerce have made it possible for thousands of professionals to enjoy the freedom and flexibility of working from home. There are many jobs relating to the internet that involve working with information technology, web development and design, and social networking tools.

Recent remote internet and e-commerce jobs:

  • Search Engine Optimization Marketing Manager
  • Styling Assistant
  • Email Marketing Specialist

10. Project Management

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Project managers create the requirements, budgets, and schedules for their company’s production projects. This includes coordinating project flow among various departments and working with external and internal clients and vendors.

Recent remote project management jobs:

  • Project Manager
  • Manager – Cardiovascular Contracting Specialist
  • Senior Program Manager

Quick Tips for Applying to Remote Jobs

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To help you in your remote job search, the FlexJobs Career Coaching team recommends creating a customized cover letter and tailored resume that highlights your remote work experience.

Even if you’ve never worked in a remote position before, you likely have remote work experience. For example, if you’ve worked with co-workers in an office in another part of the state or a different time zone, that counts as remote work experience. Working from home a few times, earning a degree or certification online, or virtual volunteering can also be considered remote work experience.

To highlight your remote work experience and talents on your resume, follow these three tips!

1. State It Clearly

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If you have specific remote work experience, make sure you call it out on your resume. For example, list “remote work” next to your job title. For example, “Director of Marketing (100% Remote Work).”

2. Describe It

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Include your remote work experience in your job descriptions. If you have experience with remote work, be clear about it. For instance, “Led a team of five customer service reps in a completely remote work environment and successfully earned an average team satisfaction rating of 94%.”

If you haven’t worked for a remote company, you can still describe your remote work experience in your job duties. For instance, “Coordinated project meetings with co-workers in three different time zones.”

3. Talk Up Your Skills

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Make sure you talk about the types of skills it takes to be a successful remote worker in your skills section. Some examples of desired remote work skills include:

  • Time and task management
  • Communication
  • Self-management
  • The ability to work independently
  • Comfort with technology

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