Thanks to technology like high-speed internet and mobile phones, working from home is increasingly easier. And as more companies offer flexible commuting policies, the remote job market is spreading beyond the traditional fields of computer technology or customer services.
For many Americans, that is a great thing. With the growth of telecommuting and flexible in-office hours, many employees can achieve that elusive work-life balance as they reclaim time that they would’ve spent in traffic.
And for those who want to exclusively work from home, the boom of remote jobs is nothing short of amazing.
However, not all opportunities to work from home are created equal. FlexJobs, a website that posts such work – and charges an access fee for the listed positions – releases its annual list of the top 100 companies with the highest number of part-time or fully remote job postings from 2018 out of 51,000 companies.
The top career fields offering this kind of work are computer/IT, medical/health, sales, education/training and customer services. Remote jobs in sales are increasing; the sector outstripped education as the third most represented career field for the first time ever, with companies like Hibu, Enterprise Holdings and Philips.
“The remote job market often mirrors the wider job market as a whole, which is why we see fields like medical and health, and computer and IT with the most remote jobs,” said Brie Reynolds, Senior Career Specialist at FlexJobs. “They’re some of the top fields for jobs in general, and they tend to hire for roles that translate well into a remote environment, where work is done largely on computers, phone, and email.”
Five of the most popular work-from-home job titles include accountant, engineer, teacher, writer and consultant. Some of the fastest-growing remote career categories include math/economics, insurance and nonprofit/philanthropy.
“As we saw in the latter part of 2018, we expect 2019 to continue to be a job seeker’s market where companies will need to offer flexible/remote benefits to remain competitive and attract and retain the best talent,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “As this list demonstrates, companies of all sizes and across all industries can adopt work-from-home and flexible work policies to meet the changing demands of the workforce,” Sutton concluded.
The number one spot on the list went to Appen, a technology services company headquartered in Australia. Amazon, VIPKID and UnitedHealth Group UNH +0% were among the top ten companies offering the highest number of remote jobs posted in 2018. Newcomers to the list include Cisco, Abbott, and Sanofi, joining 2018 alumni like PRA Health Services, Toyota and Williams-Sonoma. Xerox XRX +0%, CVS Health, Salesforce, ADP, American Express AXP +0% and Humana are among the 26 companies that have been ranked every year since the list’s inception six years ago.
“At Humana, our commitment to health and well-being begins in the workplace,” said Douglas Edwards, Vice President of Workplace Solutions at Humana HUM +0%. “As a company, we’re continuing to support more flexible work arrangements—from flex time to remote accommodations— so that our associates are empowered to work in an environment where they can be their best self. Not only is this a way to retain and attract best-in-class talent, but it’s also essential to drive our business strategy forward.“
The full list can be found here: