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15 Work From Home Jobs That Are Hiring Now

The number of remote opportunities continues to increase


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If you’re looking for an opportunity to work remotely, there’s a good chance you can now find a job that fits your needs. According to a recent FlexJobs  study of job postings on their website, there was an 11 percent increase in the number of remote jobs in 2023 compared to the previous year.

Older adults could benefit directly from this boom in remote work. Their skills and experience give them the ability to operate effectively and independently outside the office. And the flexibility of working from home offers an appealing pathway toward eventual retirement.

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These 15 jobs are some of positions where the demand for remote workers is highest. Clicking on the job title will take you to a page on the AARP Job Board that shows postings for comparable positions. (Not all of these openings offer remote work opportunities.) Median pay data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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1. Administrative Assistant

Who’s hiring: H&R Block, Lockheed Martin, UpKeepl

Average pay: $21.19 per hour

With many businesses switching to remote work during the pandemic, “virtual assistants” have seen an explosion in demand recently. In addition to the positions listed on the AARP Job Board, you can also find gig work as an administrative assistant through sites such as Upwork and FlexJobs, though some of these portals charge fees to use their services.

2. Consultant

Who’s hiring: Baylor Scott White Health, United Health Group

Average median pay: $45.81 per hour

In addition to offering remote work opportunities, consulting also can serve as a convenient way to transition into retirement. In addition to the positions posted on the AARP Job Board, you also might consider asking your current or former employers whether they might be interested is hiring you as a consultant for various projects.

3. Customer Service Representative

Who’s hiring: Dish Network, FedPoint, Love's Travel Stops & Country Store

Median pay: $18.16 per hour

If you’ve ever called a company for help with a product or service you purchased, then you understand what these jobs involve. You’ll need good people skills to help customers get the solutions they’re seeking. And the hours often are quite flexible to enable phone lines to be staffed across different time zones.

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4. Data Entry Clerk

Who’s hiring: McKees Rock PA, TowardJobs Staffing, xBrain

Average pay: $18.26 per hour

This job is a natural fit for remote work because the responsibilities mostly involve typing information from various documents into a company’s computer system. Accuracy and an eye for detail are essential to doing well in this field.

5. Digital Marketing Specialist

Who’s hiring: Sodexo, United Health Group

Average pay: $32.80 per hour

The internet is how many businesses find new customers now, and these specialists are the experts who make those connections happen. Job responsibilities include creating internet advertisements, direct emails, newsletters and other digital tools to keep clients interested in what the company has to offer.

6. Occupational Therapist

Who’s hiring: Baylor Scott White Health, Lehigh Valley Health Network Lehigh

Average pay: $44.80 per hour

When people who are recovering from injuries or managing disabilities need assistance learning to perform daily physical activities, occupational therapists lend a helping hand. Many types of health care moved online during the pandemic, and so did the work-from-home opportunities for occupational therapists. Many of these jobs do require state licenses.

7. Proofreader

Who’s hiring: Sodexo, TalentBurst

Average pay: $21.83 per hour

If you’re the type of person who notices spelling errors when you’re reading books or articles, this role could be a good fit for you. For example, Abuse Refuge Org, a nonprofit that aids survivors of physical, sexual, spousal, and other types of abuse, is seeking a proofreader who can make sure that their articles and social media posts include accurate information and are easy to read.

8. Registered Nurse

Who’s hiring: Central California Alliance for Health, McLaren Integrated HMO Group, VITAS Healthcare

Average pay: $39.05 per hour

Demand is almost always high for these professionals, with the BLS projecting there will be 194,500 jobs created in this field each year. And, in the era of telehealth, many of these nurses will be able to work from home.

9. Sales Representative

Who’s hiring: Advance Auto Parts, AT&T, United Health Group

Average pay: $32.57 per hour

Why be a traveling salesperson when you often could do the job just as well through Zoom or Webex? The essential skills and experience remain the same: building a client base, convincing them of the product’s value, providing customer service.

10. Social Media Specialist

Who’s hiring: Marriott International, Petco, Teleperformance

Average pay: $27.29 per hour

Here’s an opportunity to turn your finesse with making TikTok videos and viral tweets into a successful career. By designing a variety of social media posts, these specialists help businesses build their online personalities.

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11. Software Developer

Who’s hiring: General Dynamics, Insight Global, Motion Recruitment

Average pay: $59.71 per hour

The long-term prospects for this career are promising, with the BLS projecting that demand for these workers will increase by 25 percent over the next eight years. Wages are also high: These information technology experts earn the highest hourly pay on this list.

12. Speech Pathologist

Who’s hiring: SLP-tele, Enablr Therapy, Connected Teletherapy

pay: $40.45 per hour

Speech pathologists help people with communication disorders understand why they have difficulty pronouncing certain words. Once the problem has been identified, the pathologist then helps those individuals learn how to speak more clearly. Doing the job from home opens opportunities to work with clients in different parts of the nation, but you may need to be licensed in the states where you and your clients live.

13. Technical Writer

Who’s hiring: First American Financial Corporation, Insight Global, Latitude

Average pay: $38.44 per hour

If you have a talent for understanding how technologies work and explaining that clearly, technical writing is a field with many job opportunities. For example, Insight Global—an information technology contractor with with government clients—is looking for writers to help create proposals for federal projects.

14. Tutor

Who’s hiring: Preply, Tutor Me Education, Vivvi Early Learning Me Educatio

pay: $17.63 per hour

Tutoring is one career that translates well to the video-conferencing era. Depending on your area of professional or personal expertise, there could be a remote job in this field that’s a perfect match. Companies are seeking tutors in such fields as English, foreign languages, and graphic design.

15.  Web Developer

Who’s hiring: ACL Digital, Nintendo of America, Villanova University

Average pay: $38.81 per hour$8.81

This is another field where the BLS projects the demand for workers will increase (17,900 additional jobs per year). The work can be challenging because internet technologies are upgraded frequently. For that reason, it’s handy to have a mix of strong technical skills and creative problem-solving ability.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article was published on April 21, 2021. It has been replaced with a newer version containing updated information.

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