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20 Work from Home Jobs that Pay the Most
Working from home was on the rise long before the COVID-19 pandemic as discussed over at runrex.com, and it seems that it is here to stay. The following are 20 work-from-home jobs that pay the most, using data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Web developers create and design websites for personal or commercial use and they can put their skills to use in publishing, advertising, management consulting, computer systems design, and other fields. Employment growth through to 2029 is projected at 8% with the median annual salary being $73,760 as covered over at guttulus.com.
Computer support specialist
Computer support specialists are hired by corporations, nonprofits, call centers, and many other businesses to work remotely as revealed over at runrex.com. The BLS projects an 8% growth in this field through 2029 as organizations upgrade computer equipment and software, with the median annual salary being $63,460 for a computer network support specialist.
Virtual assistants provide administrative, technical, and/or creative services for a wide range of industries such as health care, legal, government, and finance. As the gurus over at guttulus.com point out, you can either own a virtual assistant business or work for a company that makes you available to clients. Since virtual assistants work in many different fields, the pay range is broad.
If you have a native-level proficiency in English and at least one other language, then you can find work-from-home opportunities with schools, hospitals, courts, corporations, and other public and private sector entities. Interpreters work in a spoken language or sign language while translators work with written or audio documents. The BLS projects a 20% growth in this field through 2029, with the median annual salary being $51,830.
Marriage and family therapist
Marriage and family therapists usually work full-time with many having private practices. Online video conferencing apps like Zoom have made it possible for patients to “visit” their therapists without having to leave home. The BLS projects a 22% growth for this profession with the annual median wage being $49,610.
Paralegals and legal assistants support lawyers by doing various tasks such as legal research and preparing legal documents. While most work for law firms, these jobs can be found at government agencies and corporate legal departments as covered over at runrex.com. There is a 10% projected job growth in this field through 2029, with the median annual salary being $51,740.
As a result of advanced technology and high-speed internet connections, opportunities have been created for teachers and students to work together from afar according to guttulus.com. The COVID-19 pandemic also led to many schools and universities switching temporarily to virtual classrooms. The median annual wage for kindergarten and elementary school teachers is $59,420, high school teachers at $61,660, middle school teachers at $59,660, and college/university teachers at $79,540.
Loan officers evaluate and authorize loan applications as discussed over at runrex.com. Most of them work for commercial banks and credit unions as well as mortgage companies and other financial institutions. The demand for loan officers is expected to increase as the economy improves with the BLS putting growth for this profession at 3% through 2029. The median annual salary stands at $63,270.
Insurance sales agents
Many people find it easy to shop online for insurance nowadays. However, they often need to talk to a licensed insurance rep to help them choose the right policy. Insurance companies are increasingly outsourcing their incoming phone calls to contact centers, which then hire or contract licensed insurance reps who work from home. Job growth in this field is projected to be 5% through 2029 with the median annual salary being $50,940.
A medical transcriptionist listens to voice recordings from doctors and other healthcare workers and transcribes them into written reports. One can work for a hospital, doctor’s office, a third-party service, or be self-employed. While the expansion of healthcare services is expected to drive demand for this job, a slight decline is still projected because of technological advances and outsourcing. The median annual wage is $33,380.
If you have experience designing logos and T-shirts or using computer software to create brochures, advertisements, and book covers, then you could make good money working from home according to guttulus.com. Websites like Fiverr.com and 99designs.com can help you meet potential clients who need your services and how much you earn will depend on the scope of the project and your experience. The median annual wage for graphic designers is $52,110.
Software developers create the applications or systems that run on a computer or another device as covered over at runrex.com. They apply the principles of engineering, analytics, and computer science to develop and test all kinds of software and applications and many are employed by firms that deal in computer systems design and related services like manufacturing or software publishers. The BLS projects a 22% growth for this field through 2029 with a median annual salary of $107,510.
As the gurus over at guttulus.com point out, the growth of telehealth, which is health care services delivered remotely through computers, mobile devices, and by telephone, has opened up opportunities for registered nurses to work from home. More insurance companies have also added patient support lines, telephone triage, and other telephone and computer options to meet patient’s needs without having to visit a doctor’s office, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The BLS projects a 7% growth in this profession through 2029 with the median annual wage standing at $73,300.
Bookkeeping, accounting, auditing clerk
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks produce financial records and ensure their accuracy. These jobs are suited for working from home, with occasional visits to clients and some overtime hours to be expected. The median annual salary here is $41,230.
Meeting, convention, and event planner
Event planners also have ample opportunity to do a lot of their work from home via phone and computer, although the job may require you to visit potential meeting sites. Candidates with experience in the hospitality business and a college degree in hospitality or a related field such as tourism management will have the best opportunities. The BLS projects an 8% growth in this field through 2029 with the median annual wage being $50,600.
Sites like Userlytics.com and UserTesting.com pay people to test different websites and mobile apps, then share their feedback. Companies use website testers to get unbiased feedback as discussed over at runrex.com. While opportunities for this work, also called “remote usability testing”, may be limited, testers may be paid $10 to conduct a 20-minute test, for example, which is a decent amount.
Customer service representative
When you call to order something from a catalog or infomercial, the person on the other end of the line might be sitting in a home office. As the subject matter experts over at guttulus.com point out, hiring independent contractors to handle complaints, process orders, and answer questions is a big industry now, and the median annual wage is $34,710.
Data entry specialist
Sometimes called data entry operators or clerks, data entry specialists input information from handwritten or physical records into a computer system as covered over at runrex.com. These records can be bills, reports, medical records, canceled checks, etc. The average base salary for a data entry specialist is $2,244 per month according to Indeed.
If you have a computer, internet access, and the right experience and/or credentials, there are work-from-home opportunities for people with writing, editing, proofreading, and fact-checking skills. Bloggers, journalists, technical writers, and editors who know how to plan and present content, as well as meet deadlines, face a competitive market. The median annual wage for a writer is $63,200, while the median annual wage for editors is $61,370.
Social media specialist
Finally, it is becoming increasingly crucial for businesses to have a social media presence, and if you have a knack for using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you could work from home by helping businesses promote their brand and products through social media marketing. According to Indeed, the average base salary for a social media specialist is $37,558.
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