Working from home and telecommuting are becoming more popular options in the US. As technology advances and more companies work from cloud software, the ability to work from someplace other than an office is becoming more attainable. Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell, recently announced he wants to get half of their workforce working from home. This comes as many companies, like Yahoo and HP, are moving away from telecommuting options and bringing employees back into their offices. We wanted to see if hiring demand for "work from home" jobs is increasing or decreasing.
In November, there were about 38,000 jobs that specified the ability to work from home either full-time, or as an employee needs. This is up 29% from November of 2012. However, this represents less than 1% of all job ads that were available last month. So, it seems that the majority of jobs still require employees to be in a physical office space.
Jobs that most commonly allow working from home or a remote location include:
- Customer Service Representatives
- Insurance Sales Agents
- Computer User Support Specialists
- Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products)
- Advertising Sales Agents
- Registered Nurses
- Retail Salespersons
- Marketing Managers
- Sales Agents, Financial Services
We aren't surprised to see a lot of sales jobs make this list, since this is a growing trend in sales. 7 of the above jobs that most commonly allow working from home are sales related. Registered Nurses surprised us though. However, when we looked more closely at demand, we saw that many of these jobs are case managers or other nursing jobs where they would have to travel to various locations to meet with patients. Therefore, their office could be a home location if preferred.
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