Do you love the idea of working remotely, but you’re not really sure what direction to head in to make it happen?

From the perspective of both a recruiter and a remote worker, here’s a list of 14 of the most popular fields you can consider. They’ve been split into 4 categories considering what your interests and career preference might be:






1. IT

Careers in IT (Information Technology) have been some of the fastest growing careers for over 20 years. A sub-category of IS (Information Systems), IT relates to the specific technology involved in the handling of information. As a field, IT has heavily dominated in providing professionals with the ability to work remotely and continues to encompass skills that are in high demand.

Its areas of expertise vary vastly and can be related to:

  • Reporting and Data Manipulation
  • Software and Applications
  • Operating Systems
  • Databases
  • Servers…

…and the list goes on.

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • IT skills related to the segment of your choice
  • Degree, Certification, or Equivalent Training

*Expected Income: $20,000-$100,000+ Annually


2. Web Development

A sub-category to the field of IT, web-development refers to any and all aspects of website building, design, and maintenance. While the field is highly competitive there is still a large amount of unmet demand for certain skills within in, especially related to programming languages.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Front End, Back End, or Full Stack Development
  • User Interface and User Experience (UI & UX)
  • Content Managment Platforms
  • Web Design

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Software skills, e.g. Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, WordPress and others
  • Staying current on constantly evolving technology and industry practices
  • Coding (Programming) and/or Design

Expected Income: $30,000-$100,000+ Annually 


3. Software Development

Software or application (app) development specifically refers to the programming or coding of the nifty programs we use on our PCs and smartphones. This can include anything from addictive online game apps like Candy Crush Saga, to teamwork tools like the Slack App, to fitness apps like Pedometer, and so much more.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Front End, Back End, or Full Stack Development
  • User Interface and User Experience (UI & UX)
  • Product and Visual Design

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Staying current on constantly evolving technology and industry practices
  • Coding (Programming) and/or Design, various languages or programs
  • Software skills

Expected Income: $30,000-$100,000+ Annually 


4. Digital Marketing

Very intertwined with the previous two fields, digital marketing is defined by marketing, or activity implemented to generate interest in products through digital media. When you think of ads on social platforms, search engines, electronic billboards, apps, and more, digital marketing covers all of it.

The many areas in which expertise can be developed include:

  • Banners, Promotions, and various forms of Advertising
  • Analytics and SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Marketing Campaigns and Strategy

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Understanding of Consumer Behavior/Psychology
  • Market Research and Awareness
  • Various Online Algorithms
  • Eye for Detail and Design

Expected Income: $35,000-$90,000+ Annually 


5. Social Media Management

For a few years now, managing social media pages has been a task worth paying someone else to do. Many businesses rely on sites like Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn to build brand awareness, for reputation management online, customer engagement, etc., and it’s necessary to have a dedicated person to ensure professionalism and consistency.

Areas of expertise in social media management are not overly segmented yet and include:

  • Strategy and Branding
  • Customer Experience
  • Content Creation

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Social Media and Content Management Tools
  • Social Media platform knowledge
  • Marketing

Expected Income: $20,000-$45,000 annually




6. Writing/Blogging

Creative types now have a better way to put their high-quality writing talents to good use during this, the information age. There are many ways to contribute as a writer – to a business that needs content for their website, as a fashion blogger, ghostwriting or other methods. Whichever medium is chosen, writing and blogging can be considered serious ways to earn a living at home.

Expertise can be honed in any of the following areas:

  • Manuals, Instructional, and Training Publications
  • Journalism and Special Interest
  • Copywriting and Advertising
  • Fiction and Entertainment
  • Proofreading and Editing

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Engaging, Relevant Writing Style
  • Written Communication
  • Marketing and Trends

Expected Income: $0-$70,000+ Annually 


7. Vlogging

Vlogging is Blogging in video form. Accompanied by a camera, Vloggers talk to people they want to help, entertain, or motivate about subjects that are important to them. Sounds fun, right? In addition to the excitement of catering to an appreciative audience, vloggers can earn a living through ads on their videos, affiliate links, corporate sponsorship, etc.

Popular vlog topics include:

  • Pop Culture
  • Technology
  • Fitness
  • Beauty

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Video Shooting/Editing/Design
  • Content Creation
  • Charisma

Expected Income: $0-Over 7 Figures Annually




8. E-Commerce

E-Commerce describes the purchase and sale of products and services online. If you think of, or any website where transactions are taking place, those are e-commerce sites. While many e-commerce businesses are large corporations, there are many people that run small shops online to supplement their income or that have become successful at it and turned it into full-time, remote work.

Items commonly sold on e-commerce sites are:

  • Books, Toys, Novelties
  • Electronics
  • Clothing

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Market Research and Advertising
  • Content Management Platforms
  • E-Commerce Tools

Expected Income: $500-Over 7 Figures Annually


9. Sales/Account Management

Sales is one of the oldest ways to work remotely. Salespeople of all kinds have been known for centuries and beyond to travel far and wide to push their products and service customers. Not for the faint of heart, a sales person mustn’t mind rejection, must love constantly interacting with people, and be willing to work long hours.

While all businesses are driven by sales in some capacity, some industries with high demand for sales talent are:

  • FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods)
  • Healthcare Industries
  • Manufacturing

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Relationship Building and Communication
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Relevant Education
  • Discipline, Incentive Driven
  • CRM and MS Office

Expected Income: $15,000-$100,000+ annually


10. Business Operations

Business operations refer to administration activities on many levels and in many functions. It can also apply to any of the industries mentioned in this article and virtually all other industries.

Remote operations roles often include:

  • Call Center Associates & Management
  • Internet Researchers & Data Entry
  • Customer Service

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Computer skills, especially MS Office Suite, G Suite, and CRM
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Organization

Expected Income: $6,500-$60,000+ annually


11. Virtual Assistant/Administrative

Also known as VAs, Virtual Assistants often provide entrepreneurs and busy startup professionals with support while they transition through stages of growth and are not yet ready to hire full-time employees.

Essential VA/Administrative functions include:

  • Scheduling and Travel Arrangement
  • Phone and Email Support
  • Errand Running

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Computer Skills, especially MS Office and G Suite
  • Organization and Reliability
  • Communication

Expected Income: $6,500-$38,000+ annually




12. Teaching/Tutoring

A convenient way to earn a living and help all kinds of students prepare for their futures, leading a virtual classroom is one of the most modern spins on education careers.

Areas of expertise in demand online are:

  • Test Preparation/Subject-Focused Tutoring
  • Language Lessons
  • Coding School

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Certifications, Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
  • Background in Education
  • Video/Online Chat Savvy

Expected Income: $10,500-$60,000+ annually


13. Medical/Healthcare

Doctors, nurses, and other health professionals have been making house calls way before the internet was conceived, and technology has added plenty more career options to choose from within the field.

Areas of specialty include:

  • Policy, Review, Research, and Administration
  • Therapy and In-Home Patient Care
  • Medical and Nurse Practioner
  • Emergency Response…

….and much more.

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Certifications, Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
  • Medical Software and Equipment Skills
  • Physical Exertion, Ability to Lift

Expected Income: $35,000-$95,000+ annually


14. Translation/Interpretation

Translation describes the field of professionals that transfer written words from one form into another, specifically, from one language to another. Interpretation is the skill of translating one spoken language into another and includes sign language.

Expertise within these fields include:

  • Medical, Legal, and Religious Material
  • Entertainment and Media
  • Localization Services

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Ability to convey concepts and meanings from one language to another
  • Degree or Certification When Required
  • Computer skills
  • Bilingual

Expected Income: $10,000-$45,000+ annually


15. Legal

Attorneys and Paralegals have been known to freelance for decades, and they remain interesting fields be part of. Legal tasks are easier than ever to complete on-the-go; lawsuits are now often filed on smartphones and can be served to the opposing parties via email or social media.

Popular legal services offered online are:

  • Legal Support and Legal Representation
  • Document Preparation
  • Consultations

Skills & Qualifications Needed:

  • Certifications, Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
  • Knowledge in specialized area of practice
  • Communication
  • Research

Expected Income: $30,000-$100,000+ annually

*Based on market research and information provided by global workers and job postings. Averages include countries with the lowest income expectations to the highest, starting with entry level to expert level salaries and beyond. Salaries vary heavily depending upon geographical location and income source. For example, a contractor in the UK will not receive the same terms as a contractor in Australia, and an employee in India will not receive the same salary as an employee in Switzerland.


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