The 8 fastest growing areas for remote work might surprise you

We’re all familiar with the rom-com trope, in which our true love stood before us the whole time (think young Joseph Gordon-Levitt guy for the visual aid). It turns out the same can be true for remote work jobs.

Sure, there could be a remote tech or financial position ready to knock you off your feet, the standard but glamorous figure of Patrick Dempsey in our rom-com metaphor. But there’s an unexpected, but faithful, Gordon-Levitt remote work that awaits us all.

At least, according to FlexJobs. The job search site found the fastest growing areas for remote jobs by analyzing tens of thousands of jobs and comparing full-time remote jobs listed in the second half of 2021 to the first half of 2022. Over this period, remote job postings have increased overall. by 22%.

FlexJobs removed the bigwigs that often dominate remote job postings — like accounting, marketing, project management and IT — to find the industries that were adopting remote-friendly policies fastest. They were left with eight career sectors whose full-time remote rosters had increased by at least 45%:

  1. Event planning
  2. travel and hospitality
  3. Non-profit and philanthropy
  4. Medical research
  5. Communication
  6. Art & Creative
  7. News and Journalism
  8. Legal

Interestingly, classic service industries such as event planning, travel, and hospitality take the top two spots, a shift that signals remote work may be here to stay. However, remote jobs in these industries probably don’t require much face-to-face interaction with customers, such as event managers and corporate travel sales managers.

Since the start of the pandemic, many sectors have been challenged to see work in a whole new light. The impact of our work-from-home trials has been lasting: some studies have shown that productivity actually increased when people worked outside the office. While some people waste time signaling they’re productive virtually, a Stanford University study found that remote workers are 9% more productive than office workers in 2022, up from 5% in 2020.

Managers and employees were pushed and pulled when it came to getting back to the office. Fueled by the big resignation, employees who prefer flexible working have been able to take advantage of their workplace preferences over their bosses. Working from home remains everyone’s favorite policy, with 87% of Americans working flexible hours when they can, according to a McKinsey survey.

When looking to fulfill that desire, your best bet might be to work in unexpected places.

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