According to Forrester’s North American Predictions 2022 guide, companies that do not offer “anywhere-work” will see a 30% rise in quit rates. Seeing this trend, our team analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. News, Indeed, CNBC and other resources to determine the best jobs and places for remote work in 2022.
This report will cover occupations that require a degree, occupations that don’t require a degree, additional ways to earn money online and the best places in the U.S. to work from home.
Ranked: Best jobs for remote work
It is no surprise that computer and mathematical jobs occupy six spots in our ranking (1. Software Developer, 5. Computer Systems Analyst, 6. Data Scientist, 8. Informational Security Analyst, 9. Statistician and 12. Web Developer). According to BLS 2020-2030 Employment Projections, “Computer and mathematical occupations are expected to see fast employment growth as strong demand is expected for IT security and software development, in part due to increased prevalence of telework spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.” These roles continue to be offered as remote positions, seeing that they only require access to a computer.
Another significant portion of the jobs in this ranking fall under the healthcare industry (2. Registered Nurse, 3. Psychiatrist, 7. Speech Pathologist, 11. Occupational Therapist, 13. Genetic Counselor and 14. Medical Writer). Although these positions haven’t been traditionally remote in the past, the COVID-19 pandemic required many healthcare professionals to transition to telehealth. Virtual healthcare is suspected to continue growing post-pandemic. New research found that “between 40 and 60 percent of consumers express interest in a set of broader virtual health solutions, such as a “digital front door” or lower-cost virtual-first health plan” (McKinsey & Company).
Healthcare support occupations are projected for the fastest employment growth due to the aging baby boomer population, longer life expectancies, and increasing number of patients with chronic conditions (BLS). These projections suggest that opportunities are quickly expanding for healthcare professionals looking to transition permanently to remote work in 2022.
Ranked: Best jobs for remote work
Degree not required
There are many lucrative options for online occupations that don’t require a degree. Several of the positions listed above, including Freelance Writer, Social Media Consultant, Tutor and Graphic Designer, provide opportunities to pursue your work and set your hours depending on your capacity.
In a report by Flexjobs, writing, social media, and graphic design were all identified as fields that have witnessed a 10% increase in remote job listing since the beginning of 2021. Although we were unable to identify the projected annual job openings for Freelance Writers or Social Media Consultants, this data suggests that these online roles will continue to grow in 2022.
Flexjobs also found that positions for Bilingual workers are increasing in demand, including bilingual customer service representatives and translators. Furthermore, the BLS projects that employment for interpreters or translators will increase by 24% from 2020 to 2030 (BLS).
Other ways to earn money online
Whether or not you’re interested in pursuing remote work full-time, there are many ways to earn extra income online. The following opportunities require varying levels of time and experience.
Hourly wage: ranges from $0.41 to $2.03 (NerdWallet)
Where to get started: Survey Junkie, InboxDollars, OneOpinion
Filling out surveys online is a quick and easy way to earn extra money. The sites listed above provide surveys that you qualify for, depending on the demographic information you provide. Although it’s challenging to make a significant income from taking surveys, it is free and requires minimal effort.
Selling Stock Footage
Monthly earnings: up to $50 as a beginner (Spartaq)
Where to get started: Pond5, BlackBox, Foap, Burst
Professional and amateur photographers can earn a passive income by selling stock footage, especially videos in 4K resolution. Please note that how much money you earn depends on how many consumers purchase your footage.
Monthly earnings: ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 (BlueCart)
Where to get started: Oberlo
Dropshipping is the process of selling a product to a consumer on behalf of the supplier. As a result of not paying for inventory or warehousing, you can maximize profit. Dropshippers’ success relies heavily on the demand of the niche they serve and their ability to advertise their storefront.
Annual salary: $51,796 (Payscale)
Affiliate marketing allows you to monetize your content, whether it be a successful blog, YouTube channel or social media account. Affiliate marketers earn commission on the products they advertise. Depending on the popularity of your content, creators can earn a full-time income through affiliate marketing.
Best Places to Work Remotely in the U.S.
Remote workers can do their jobs wherever they have internet access.
That said, some states are more conducive to working online than others. Earlier this year, CNBC used the following factors to rank the ten best states for remote workers:
- Broadband connectivity
- Electrical grid reliability
- Health and health care
- Sustainability in the face of climate change
- Environmental quality
- The housing market
- Cost of living
- The tax burden
Their ranking is as follows
1. North Dakota 2. Nebraska 3. Minnesota 4. Colorado 5. Kansas 6. Idaho 7. Iowa 8. Tennessee 9. Washington 10. Illinois
To determine the following rankings, our team used factors of average salary and projected annual job openings. We assigned salary and job openings a weight of 0.7 and 0.3, respectively. The two weighted factors were added together and listed highest to lowest in the final rankings.
We gathered the average salary data from Indeed. However, Indeed did not have salaries available for Operations Research Analysts or Genetic Counselors, so we collected their average salaries from U.S. News. The projected annual job openings are from careeronestop’s “Careers with Most Openings” resource. Please note that the projected annual job openings include both remote and in-person positions.
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Many Americans seek remote positions so they can escape the big city. That said, wide open spaces can come with slow, unreliable internet. Ziply Fiber is helping solve this problem by launching fiber internet across Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington – making the beautiful Northwest the perfect home for remote professionals