Would you like to get your job done without that long commute by car or mass transit? Do you have more flexibility to work around your kids’ crazy schedules? Are you able to work during your most productive hours, be that early in the morning, at mid-day or late at night? Then you’d probably like to work from home. Although it goes by many names-telecommuting, telework, working remotely, working from home-more people want it, no matter what we call it. And more people are doing it. The percentage of people working offsite at least part of the time grows each year, and it continues to be a significant consideration when employees are considering taking or leaving jobs.
However, despite the fact that the majority want it, and so many types of jobs can be done from home these days, not everyone has that option. Although working from home used to be limited to jobs like freelance writing, data entry, and childcare, that’s no longer the case. Technology makes it possible for many types of jobs to be done remotely—including some you might not expect.
If you’d like to skip the commute on occasion, work-free off the many distractions of the busy office environment, be able to get your run in mid-day rather than at the end of the day, or easily make it to the next parent-teacher conference, take a look at six of the surprising jobs that can be done from home--and how you can get started in these careers.
IT jobs with six-figure incomes you can earn from home
Plenty of articles will list jobs you can do from home. Entrepreneur Magazine lists 50 here. But these aren’t necessarily high-paying jobs, nor jobs with the potential career advancement, because they tend to be self-employment options. For that reason, you might have assumed that working from home was a pipe dream for you if you work in a corporate environment in a specialized IT-type job. But no longer is that the case. A recent study by FlexJobs that was reported by CNBC found multiple IT jobs that can be done remotely while paying six-figure incomes. (Note that the salaries listed are those stated by FlexJobs, but these salaries are often higher.) These jobs include:
1. Data architect, with a median salary of $101,000 per year
Like the architects that design buildings, data architects “build” complex computer database systems. Data architects work as part of a team to make sure data is readily available and carefully maintained. Becoming a data architect usually requires a bachelor’s degree and experience in IT. Although certification is not required, it can help. Simplilearn offers a Data Architect Masters Program that provides seven courses, each building on the previous, to give you a solid foundation in data architecting.
2. Solutions architect, with a median salary of $102,000 per year
A solutions architect also “builds” but their job doesn’t necessarily revolve around data. Instead, they are in charge of bridging the gap between a business problem and a technical solution. This can be in any number of software domains, including a specific area like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure, or a broader category like cloud computing.
3. Software architect, with a median salary of $105,000 per year
A software architect defines and documents software solutions, making possible the “solutions” designed by the solutions architect. As with a solutions architect, a software architect might need to know multiple types of software. And there is always something new on the horizon! Robotic process automation would be good software to master in 2019, for example!
4. Software engineering manager, with a median salary of $107,000 per year
A software engineer applies engineering principles to develop software. A software engineering manager oversees the team to ensure goals and standards are being met, and to provide leadership. You don’t have to take on a management role to work remotely in software engineering. However, if the manager works offsite, you probably can too. And the software you engineer can be of many types as well. Simplilearn offers a Software Engineer Masters Program that will teach you C, Java, MongoDB, Node.js, Angular, AWS and DevOps, to prepare you for almost any kind of software engineering role. Or you could also move into one of the newer software fields when you learn Artificial Intelligence engineering.
5. Software development manager, with a median salary of $109,000 per year
While the engineers “engineer” solutions, a software developer is responsible for the whole development process. As with the managing role above, you probably don’t have to take on a leadership role to work remotely in software development. Plus, you have several areas you can choose from, including Full Stack Web Developer and AWS Developer, to name only two.
Also, although it didn’t make the list of highest-paying jobs, a DevOps position is another in-demand and high-paying position that could be done remotely part-time!
6. Enterprise architect, with a median salary of $116,000 per year
An enterprise architect develops the long-term IT strategy in support of the business strategy. They create the roadmap that steers the organization based on standards for technology infrastructure, and they are responsible for ensuring that every part of the flow is defined and that processes run smoothly. Becoming an enterprise architect usually requires years of experience, but you can put your career on the fast track when you earn a TOGAF certification. TOGAF, which stands for The Open Group Architecture Framework, certification is recognized worldwide as vital for enterprise architects.
The next step? Convincing your boss
Now that you’ve seen some of the IT jobs that can be done remotely while paying high salaries, your next step is to convince your current or future boss that telecommuting is worth it…to them. Some employers have reasons to be against remote work, although most of their reasons are unfounded or based on a lack of trust. While we can’t help you address the lack of trust issue, we can offer you the following reasons you can put forward to make your case:
- A two-year research study shows telecommuters are far more productive, take fewer sick days, and stick with their employers longer compared to employees who work onsite full-time.
- Offering flexible office hours and telecommuting helps with recruitment, especially when appealing to millennials and parents.
- Letting employees work from home at least part of the time dramatically reduces overhead costs for office space, utilities, and supplies—as well as parking.
- It’s good for the environment! Employees who telecommute don’t contribute to carbon emissions or traffic congestion.
And best of all, learning can be done from home!
This article has been about working from home, but there’s another critical piece to this: much (if not all) of the learning you’ll do to earn a certification that will help you get into one of these jobs is learning you can do at home on your own time. Technology not only enables working remotely but learning remotely too, with self-paced learning that can be fit in as needed to help maintain the work/life balance you’re probably trying to achieve by working remotely part of the time. And Simplilearn offers hundreds of courses that are available anywhere, any time.
We will always have offices and commutes, and experts say working remotely 100 percent of the time can be a challenge for many employees who end up feeling isolated as a result, but part-time remote work is on the rise and makes our busy modern lives easier to live. If you’re not yet in a job that allows you to work offsite while earning a six-figure income, the list above should help you find a new path.