The Best Jobs for Remote Work In 2020

Information Security Analyst
Information Security Analyst

Remote work is now the standard; with the spread of COVID-19 across the country, remote work has become the new normal for many people.

While most employees will likely return to their offices after the coronavirus crisis ends, you don’t have to. If you find you enjoy working from home, consider pursuing a career in a field that lends itself to remote work.

U.S News and World Report have compiled a list of 10 occupations that may let you work from home, and not surprisingly, many are in the technology sector. While you’ll need a four-year degree for most positions, they all come with strong income potential and had low unemployment rates in the pre-coronavirus job market.

 

Here Are The Best Jobs for Remote Work In 2020

 

10.Marketing Manager

Marketing manager
Marketing manager

Marketing managers can work at home with the use of project management tools and applications. They may oversee a department or team to analyze customer needs and the competitor offers in order to craft an effective marketing program.

This occupation is evolving as more people turn to digital media instead of traditional printed material to get their news and plan their shopping. The BLS notes job prospects in the years to come may be best for those who are comfortable with internet-based marketing tools.

Median Salary: $134,290
Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

 

9.Market Research Analyst

Market Research Analyst
Market Research Analyst

There are several business occupations that can be good choices for remote workers. Market research analysts have one such job, and these professionals may be able to gather and analyze data using the software at home.

Businesses rely on market research analysts to help them increase sales and cut costs. They may monitor sales trends to gauge the effectiveness of marketing campaigns and present their findings and recommendations to clients and sales teams. A bachelor’s degree is the standard education in the field.

Median Salary: $63,120
Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

 

8.Accountant

Professional Accountant
Professional Accountant

Accountants may be self-employed, work for accounting firms or be employed directly by businesses or the government. Regardless of their employer, these professionals are often responsible for maintaining financial records, preparing tax forms and creating statements. It’s work that, in many cases, can be done easily from the comfort of home.

While accountants only need a bachelor’s degree, those who want to become a certified public accountant will need an extra year of schooling and have to pass a rigorous series of exams. In exchange, these accountants can earn higher incomes and may have better job prospects, according to the BLS.

Median Salary: $70,500
Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

 

7.Information Security Analyst

Information Security Analyst
Information Security Analyst

Businesses and organizations rely on information security analysts to keep their data safe. These workers install security software, monitor for data breaches and make recommendations to improve system security.

As cybercriminals become more sophisticated and concerns about data privacy grow, information security analysts are expected to be in high demand in the years to come. While some of these workers may be part of an on-site IT department, others may find flexible positions that allow them to monitor computer systems from home.

Median Salary: $98,350
Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

 

6.Database Administrator

Database Manager
Database Manager

Also known as DBAs, database administrators are IT professionals who ensure a company’s information is secure and organized. They may be entrusted with maintaining and testing databases, backing up data and updating systems as needed. A database administrator’s goal is to ensure authorized people are able to easily and quickly access information.

Thanks to the rise of cloud computing services, DBAs can now manage databases over the internet. As more businesses and organizations outsource their database administration to third parties, remote work opportunities in this field may grow.

Median Salary: $90,070
Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

 

5.Web Developer

Web Developers
Web Developers

Even before the coronavirus reached the United States, many web developers were working at home. The BLS says 16% of people in this occupation are self-employed, which means they aren’t tied to an employer’s office space. Even developers who are employed by a company can easily complete their work from anywhere so long as they have a reliable computer and internet connection.

Web developers can be involved in all aspects of website creation. They may design page layout, write code and insert multimedia elements. For some clients, developers may also monitor website traffic and make site adjustments as necessary to improve performance.

Median Salary: $69,430
Education Required: Associate degree

 

4.Mathematician

Mathematician
Mathematician

Mathematicians have jobs similar to statisticians in that they spend their days working with numbers. They may develop and use mathematical formulas to solve real-world problems for the government and businesses or work on more theoretical concepts at colleges and universities.

According to the BLS, 4 in 10 mathematicians work for the federal government. Others find jobs in higher education or at research or management firms. Depending on their position, they may work as part of a team of scientists and engineers.

Median Salary: $101,900
Education Required: Master’s degree

 

3.IT Manager

IT Manager
IT Manager

Also known as computer and information systems managers, these professionals develop and implement technology plans for various organizations. Businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are among those who rely on IT managers to ensure their computer systems are adequate and appropriate for their needs.

Given the availability of remote project management tools such as Trello, Asana and Basecamp, even management-level jobs can be done outside the office. Not only can IT managers work from home, but they may also oversee a team of remote workers.

Median Salary: $142,530
Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

 

2.Statistician

Statistician
Statistician

Statisticians may work in health care, government, research or higher education. They compile and analyze data, something that can be done at home or in an office. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes it’s a career that’s expected to see strong growth in the years to come as businesses and organizations rely heavily on data to inform their decisions.

Although some entry-level statisticians have bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree is the standard level of education in this field. Beyond a strong background in math, these workers need excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.

Median Salary: $87,780
Education Required: Master’s degree

 

1.Software Developer

Software Engineer
Software Engineer

Software developers have the best job in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Jobs of 2020 rankings. The occupation tops this year’s list thanks to its strong job growth, high median salary and traditionally low unemployment rate. It is also an excellent choice for remote work since software developers can do their jobs almost anywhere, so long as they have access to a computer.

These professionals create programs for both computer systems and applications. As people rely more heavily on their computers, smartphones and tablets for both personal and business uses, software developers are expected to continue to be in high demand in the years to come.

Median Salary: $103,620
Education Required: Bachelor’s degree