What are the Best Jobs & Industries for Remote Work?

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Whether you want to work remotely to travel, spend more time with your dog or stay home with the kids, there are great options and industries you can find work in.

One of the most common remote work questions we hear is “who can work remotely?”

The answer is, anyone can work remotely!

While not every employer offers work from home opportunities, you can generally find remote working job in your industry. While it may not pay the most, you’ll have the flexibility to spend your time however you choose.

However, there are some industries where remote work is common…

Best Jobs for Remote Work

If you’re looking start working remotely, we also have a step-by-step guide to start working remotely.

Graphic Designer

Because nearly everything you’re doing is on the computer, this is one of the best jobs for remote work. All you need it your laptop and your set for a day of work!

Companies need graphics designed quite often. From logos and info-graphics to social media images and featured images, there’s always work to be done.

If you’ve never worked in graphic design before, you may want to consider enrolling in an online course (make sure it’s reputible) or enroll at a community college.

Another course if you’re not interested in the school route is to begin designing for free. You can create a portfolio of work by finding small businesses and companies who are willing to hire you in exchange for heavily discounted or free work. While this isn’t ideal, you can quickly find clients to create for then use these as leverage for future projects.

Average salary: $47, 711


You can find many companies online hiring copywriters. You’d probably be surprised at the average pay for a writer. While writing jobs on UpWork & Fiver can be low-ball pay, you can find work with companies directly and earn a lot more.

If you’re not a writer by trade or education, you can write about different specialties. For example, if you have experience in banking, you can write about banking topics for a Banking or Finance Blog. If you can work within an industry you’re familiar with, you will already know the industry jargon and be able to charge more.

Another way to write remotely is to work with agencies as a contractor or freelancer. They are always looking to hire writers. Once you find an agency to help, this is usually steady work, although the amount of hours may vary.

You will need a portfolio of writing samples to show to potential clients and agencies.

Average salary: $51,549

Virtual Assistant

This is really a catch-all term for a remote assistant. Duties can include everything from scheduling appointments to composing emails (& so much more).

The great thing about this remote work opportunity is that you can work in nearly any industry.

The downside is you don’t always make a hefty salary, but it’s a lower-stress job that gives you the flexibility to travel, see family or whatever else you’d like to spend your time doing.

Average hourly pay: $15.80/hour


This is a remote job you don’t necessarily need a specific education for. You will need to have attention to detail and a good understanding of grammar rules, but you can easily practice this.

Every industry or company most likely has some use for an editor or proofreader if they put out content or business documents. You can edit articles, blog posts, books, reports, white papers, technical documents or corporate memos and emails. The possibilities are endless.

Because all you need is a computer, this can make for a great remote working job!

Companies need all sorts of graphics – from logos and website images to PDF designs, product designs, and more.

And as long as you have a powerful laptop, there’s no reason that this job can’t be done from home or anywhere else.

While the average pay may not be quite as high as other jobs mentioned above, it’s still a great option for being well-paid while telecommuting.

** Cactus Communications hires tons of editors, graphic designers & proofreaders for remote work. Check out their current job listsings!

Average salary: $48,895


Depending on what you teach, you can make good money online. It may not be as high as some of the other jobs listed, but there is a plethora of teaching opportunities available.

Many colleges offer online classes, each needing a professor to teach and moderate. You can also teach technical skills online. There are adults learning new skills or industries every day. They need someone to teach them how to use specific software, programs and other concpets.

Teachable offers a platform for you to create your own class, then sell access in their marketplace. If you have unique skills or specific understanding of certain programs/software, you might consider creating your own course. You can generally make more money selling your own course than teaching someone else’s course.

Considered teaching a foreign language online? Companies such as VIPKid offer English as a second language teaching for kids. Adults are also eager to learn and there are platforms you can sign up with to get work.

Average salary varies greatly based on what you’re teaching.

Customer Support Specialists

If you have less formal experience, consider customer service. Every large company needs support specialists to answer incoming calls. Many companies hire remotely for representatives to answer questions and assist customers in a variety of industries.

You can easily find these remote opportunities on sites like Remote.Co & Monster. If you’re looking for fast remote work opportunities, this is a great field to look into.

All you need is a polite, positive attitude and great customer service skills. Most people already have a phone and wifi, which is really all you need to get started in this field.

Average Salary: $44,000 Average Hourly Pay: $15.58

Data Entry

While it can be menial and repetitive, these jobs are widely available. This work-from-home job doesn’t require the deep technical skills that some other online remote work requires, so it’s much easier to pick up.

It’s a great entry-level position that can allow you to learn additional skills. Data entry is also a great way to work your way up the totem pole with companies offering remote work.

Average rate: $15.23/hour


Similar to data entry, transcription doesn’t require technical skills. It does require fast typing and high words per minute stats. You may be required to take a typing test before you’re hired, but this is a skill you can easily improve on.

This can be one of the best remote jobs if you’re looking for a second job or supplemental income to your full-time job. You can transcribe at any hour of the day and there’s often a large body of work to be done.

If you specialize in a specific industry, you can earn more than the average. Companies prefer working knowledge of the concepts you’re listening to, especially in technical fields such as medicine and law.

Average pay: $16.28/hour


While not all translator jobs are remote, you can find an increasing number of remote opportunities. Even if they do require in person services, they are often contract or freelance work, so they do not require a full time commitment. You can do it on your schedule!

If you know a second language, combine your language skills with transcription! You can earn substantially more money by transcribing if it’s a language the company doesn’t understand.

Average pay: $20.08/hour

Web Designer

Some companies separate out the website design & website development. Every website needs great design to stand out and build brand…

If you have design experience, this can be a fun, well-paying job. Programmers aren’t always the best designers, so someone needs to choose the color scheme, layout and graphics.

There are opportunities for big companies, freelancing, agency work or contract labor depending on the type of work you’re looking for. It’s a great mix of creativity and technical-focus without having the extensive coding/technical background that developers need.

Average salary: $50,256

Website Developer

If you have coding and web design experience, you can design and build the website yourself. This can be one of the highest paying remote jobs if you have an understanding of both. You can make big money by building one site. Or, work full time hours and make even more!

There’s a reason this is one of the most popular remote work jobs…

Average salary: $59.578

UX Designer

Designing the user experience (user interface) is an important job for customer satisfaction. This job focuses on how the website appears to users and how easy it is to use. It combines your messaging, website and software together into one overall experience.

It’s your job to fine tune the experience on the website. This could include focus groups and surveys with potential users, researching industry trends and consumer behavior and first-hand research for the company.

You will propose changes, updates and additions based on the company’s goals and audience’s needs. This can be a harder remote job to start because you most likely need experience in web design or marketing, but if you have understanding of these, you can break into this industry!

Average salary: $73,950

Software Engineer

If you are into technology and want to work remotely, software engineering is a great field. Because it is a broad field, you can find work in a variety of industries, including app development, industrial software, enterprise software for specific corporations and web development. These can easily be done from your computer!

This is a very common remote job and easy to get if you have experience. Whether you work for a large company or freelancing, there are remote jobs out there in this field.

Average salary: $49,000 – $94,000 depending on experience.

Medical Billing Specialist

There is an entire job necessary to convert doctors’ notes into billable invoices. You can find quite a few medical billing specialist jobs that allow you to work from home.

Most openings require billing experience, but consider learning billing in a different industry, then transferring your skills over.

Average pay: $16.57/hour

Social Media Manager

Every business needs a presence on social media, but most don’t understand how to use the various platforms. With it being a newer job, there is significant opportunity for growth.

You can specialize in one platform or manage all platforms for a handful of businesses. It is also smart to specialize in specific industries or niches. The content and strategy will be similar which will help you to fine tune your approach.

You can help business owners grow their online following while also promoting their products or services!

Average salary: $50,473

Project Manager

There are project managers for a variety of industries, so the opportunities available are plenty! Common industries looking for project managers, include IT & tech development, marketing, construction, pharmaceuticals, software companies and large corporations in general.

Your jobs duties will be to manage your colleagues working on the project, client communication, delegate tasks, meet deadlines and timelines. Since you are collaborating with other team members, the job isn’t always remote, but you can most likely work remotely a few days a week.

If you’re strong at organizing, problem solving, management and communication, consider this remote job!

Average salary: $66,137

Product Manager

Instead of managing a product, this profession manages specific products. Any company that sells products likely has product managers. You can work in the technology field or large corporations that sell/manufacture products.

This product is usually already available, so your managing sales success or product growth. If you like jobs that are very narrow and deep, consider looking into product manager positions.

Often times, there’s the posibility of bonuses and other incentives based on product performance, exceeding expectations and beating deadlines.

Average salary: $108,992

Account Manager

Instead of managing a product or project, Account Managers manage specific client accounts. This is similar to a corporate customer service role, but you are dedicated to specific existing clients in order to provide updates and ensure customer satisfaction.

Necessary skills include strong communication, organization and ability to problem solve. There is no specific industry knowledge required, but having a working knowledge of the industry and common terminology is always a plus – especially when talking with clients.

While this isn’t a sales job, there are opportunities for bonuses if clients increase their spend with the company. As long as you aren’t meeting clients in the office, this job can be done from home!

Average salary: $62,263

Content Marketer/ Creator

This remote job focuses on creating and distributing content that you’ve created or another colleague created. Examples of content, include social media images, stories, blog posts, articles, videos, info graphics & any other visual element. The goal is increase brand recognition, sales, customers or another form of acquisition.

It’s how businesses, websites and brands grow! Barbecue nearly every business needs this, there are a plethora of jobs out there.

Many graphic designers are also content creators and content marketers, so if you have skill in creating content this is for you! The main goal is to increase sales/leads/interest in the brand or service. This requires a working knowledge of storytelling and consumer behavior/customer habits.

Small businesses often hire content creators on a freelance or contract basis, so it’s a great resource for remote work. You won’t make a huge salary, but it’s a great job to get into remote work. If you don’t have tons of experience in specialized fields, but know how to write or make images, check this out!

Average salary: $56,779

Email Marketer or Specialist

If the company is big enough they will hire a dedicated email specialist to optimize their email messaging to audience lists. This includes creating graphics, designing and writing emails.

It is your responsibility to manage their email list of followers and clients. Re-targeting is huge money-maker for companies, so you stand to make a hefty salary if you can exceed goals.

It’s a great skill to know in the digital marketing field in general. If you’re working for a smaller agency or company, this job could fall under the umbrella of digital marketer.

Average salary: $54,268

And companies can earn a ton of money by re-marketing to their email list, so email marketers are very highly paid. Everything can be done remotely, so email marketing is one of the best jobs if you want to be location independent. You’ll find that many of these jobs are listed as “remote”, and if not, you’re likely to hear “yes” if you ask for it.

Digital Marketer

This is really an all-encompassing term for marketing jobs that focus on the digital side. This can include creating content, managing social media accounts, writing articles, creating graphics and paid media. If a company has a website or social media channels, they need a digital marketer.

Since it is a broader job, you need a wider skill set. While you’re required to know more, you can make more! It’s also a great job to broaden your skills even further by practicing skills further.

You will also manage paid social media campaigns, so you are responsible for monetary goals. This means your salary will be higher because you have more responsibility than similar jobs.

Average salary: $57,473


You can work for yourself with a handful of clients or at large companies that offer remote options. An accounting degree would be required.

Average salary: $53,748


While not all sales jobs are remote, there are many opportunities you can from anywhere. Look for jobs where you are not required to sell in-person. Because sales jobs are usually commission based, there is more flexibility in where you work. This also means there is more flexibility in pay.

If you’re looking to make a lot of money, there are huge opportunities here. With commission based jobs, you’ll make more if you sell a lot or sell high-priced items. I have known salespeople who make 250k+ per year, but they were always amazing at selling! The potential is there if you can hone the skills.

Look for companies selling products or services at high prices or recurring monthly payments. You’ll make higher commissions or even monthly commissions!

Average salary: Varies greatly by industry & skill level.


With the world becoming ever-more technology-focused, recruiting jobs are becoming more remote. Often times, you’ll recruit 100% online, so there is no need for an office. Find companies that recruit across the country or region, not just one city. This gives you a better chance of finding remote opportunities.

As with sales, you earn commissions depending on how many applicants you place and their level of success.

Average salary: Varies greatly by industry recruiting for.

Consider Asking Your Current Job:

If none of the jobs listed above sound appealing, consider asking your current employer if they would consider letting you work remotely. More and more companies are trying out work from home projects and remote jobs, so it’s always smart to ask!

You know your job better than anyone. Look at your main tasks and duties – can they be done from home? If the answer is maybe or yes, what do you have to lose by asking?

If your boss is unsure, suggest a trial period or a few days a week. This will serve as “proof of concept” for your productivity! Plus, it will allow you to try out working from home (or the coffee shop) before you fully commit.

No matter what your skill level, there are remote work options available.We hope you’re able to find a job that gives you flexibility and the ability to work from anywhere.

If you work in another industry that’s popular remote jobs, drop us a note in the comments so we can add to our list!

Now, start polishing up your resume and get on the job hunt!

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