Remote Jobs: How Many Are There and Do They Have a Future?
Remote work isn’t a new thing, but the awareness of it and its popularity has increased with the COVID-19 global pandemic forcing people to adapt to new ways of doing things. According to a survey by Owl Labs, a 50% uptick in meetings taking place via video calls occurred during the “stay home” phase of the pandemic, with close to 70% of full-time workers working from home. Improvements in technology, especially those that facilitate communication between team members, has made working from home — or wherever you like — fairly seamless.
With that being said, some types of work have normalized remote work as a permanent option more than others. Those who deal with information or customer support are a natural fit for remote work, as opposed to someone whose job requires an on-site presence, such as a dentist or a construction worker.
While the tech industry has a reputation for having the most remote workers (ranking second, according to Mondo), it could be argued that every industry is a tech industry in some way, with technology paving the way for telehealth, banking/finance, legal, and research fields. In fact, healthcare is the number one employer of remote workers and financial services come in third. If you’re already in these fields, picking up some skills that allow you to enter into a tech role is a quick way to the work-from-anywhere lifestyle.
Remote: Not a Temporary Fad
The traditional system of requiring employees to be in-office is an outdated one, according to Nicholas Bloom, professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, set up during the Industrial Revolution (think steam trains, cotton mills and the telegraph.) And while the telephone was brought into existence, the internet and the ease of connectivity we enjoy today was a distant future dream. But now that we have it, why not take full advantage of it?
It’s no surprise that remote work has gained popularity. For businesses, the perks include savings on office space, utilities, equipment, etc., as well as being able to choose from an expanded pool of talent (work from anywhere can also mean hire from anywhere). Increased employee satisfaction, which in turn helps to increase retention, is also another benefit for businesses.
Many workers are considering remote a must-have option when deciding on whether or not to accept a position. For those who want to relocate from exorbitantly expensive locations, they no longer need to set up house in places like Silicon Valley just because that’s where the jobs are. Being able to choose an affordable living space in an area that fits your lifestyle is a strong plus for many people. Saving on gas, car maintenance, and transportation costs can add up to extra cash as well as decreased stress with less time spent on a daily, traffic-filled commute. Remote doesn’t have to mean work from home (though it can). It can mean work from anywhere: your couch, a beach in your native country, or a far-off place you wish to explore.
Other quality of life improvements can include a more flexible schedule to allow for running a quick errand, spending more time with the family or possibly taking a break from sitting in your office chair to go out for a walk to stretch your body.
As more employees discover how much they enjoy those benefits of remote work, they find they don’t want to sacrifice them. Offering remote work options can make a business more attractive to in-demand candidates. Microsoft has noted that, especially for Millennials and members of Gen Z, there is no going back to the old way of doing things.
How To Hop Aboard the Remote / Hybrid Train
If you are someone wanting to make the switch to remote work, how can you increase your chances for landing that gig? Looking for something either in tech or a tech-related position at a company will increase your chances. Morning Consult reports that 85% of tech workers are either fully remote or in a hybrid role. Nearly half — 48% — are fully remote. That number has more than doubled since the start of the pandemic and shows no signs of slowing.
85% of tech workers are either fully remote or in a hybrid role. Nearly half — 48% — are fully remote.
If you’re starting from square one and have no tech experience but are curious about what’s out there and if it is something you’d enjoy doing, exploring a free bootcamp course — or courses — can give you a taste of what that job would be like. Eleven Fifty Academy offers free 3-hour remote courses in either coding or cybersecurity, so you can test drive a start to a new career at no cost.
An advantage of continuing on this path is the support and networking you will gain in connecting with your instructors and classmates. Graduation from a bootcamp can open doors for you at employer partners who have paid internships or other paid entry programs, many of which offer remote positions.
Tech jobs that are remote-friendly include Front-End, Back-End, and Full-Stack Developers; Data Scientists; Data Analysts; Web Developers; Cloud Engineers; Business Analysts; and Customer Support/Help Desk.
Whether you want to explore the world, or cozy up in your home, remote work can get you there, and tech jobs are the fastest ticket.