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Remote Careers In 2021 That Might Surprise You

One of the biggest misconceptions about remote careers is that you have to be a social media guru or a tech wizard to be successful.

Today, we’re leaving that false belief in the dust!

While remote jobs in the technology and marketing industries are plentiful, the same can be said about the education, healthcare, administrative, and legal fields, just to name a few.

The remote workforce is exploding at an astounding rate – increasing by 17% in just two years – and job opportunities in every industry are experiencing massive growth.

If you’re someone who isn’t interested in digital marketing, social media management, graphic/ web design, photography/ videography, IT, or, coding, then keep on reading!

(BTW – if you are interested in the above jobs, check out this article!)

Medical & Healthcare Remote Careers

remote healthcare jobs

Healthcare is one of the hottest industries for remote jobs right now. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), healthcare job opportunities will increase by 15% from 2019 to 2029, many of which will be remote.

For example, major healthcare companies like Aetna, CVS, and UnitedHealth Group are regularly hiring remote employees, and it’s expected that many others follow suit.

These are some of the most common remote jobs in the healthcare industry:

  • Senior Reporting Analyst
  • Health Insurance Agent
  • Clinical Administrative Coordinator
  • Medical Writer
  • Research Scientist
  • Care Connector
  • Clinical Case Manager
  • Peer Reviewer
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Telephonic Nurse Case Manager
  • Prescription Entry Pharmacy Technician

Here are some sites you can check out that highlight remote positions in the healthcare field: Flexjobs,, and Indeed.

Virtual Administrative Assistants

virtual assistant

Think of a V.A. as a remote executive assistant.

Virtual assistants help small businesses and/or busy individuals maintain organization and order in their day-to-day lives by:

  • Managing and updating calendars
  • Answering emails
  • Scheduling events and meetings
  • Bookkeeping
  • Project management
  • Data entry
  • Answering phone calls

Since this job encompasses a broad range of tasks, virtual assistants usually don’t need a specific degree to be qualified for the job; they need a certain set of transferrable skills, specifically:

  • Organization
  • Attention to detail
  • Adaptability + quick learning
  • Digital communication skills
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reliability
  • Time management

Here are some sites that highlight virtual assistant opportunities: Flexjobs, Indeed,, UpWork, and LinkedIn.

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This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who speaks multiple languages. As the world continues to transcend countries and languages, communicating with an international audience is absolutely critical for many businesses.

Translators are often hired to assist with the following:

  • Medical records
  • Insurance documents
  • Essays/ manuscripts
  • Phone calls
  • Subtitle creation
  • Conversations
  • Music
  • Quality assurance

Here are some sites that highlight translation opportunities: Flexjobs, Indeed, Linkedin, and Upwork.

Note: Bilingual employees are in demand for more than just translation jobs. Companies often need help assisting customers of varying backgrounds, so make sure to search for those if that applies to you. Here are some jobs specifically for bilingual individuals.

Remote Careers in the Legal Field

legal remote jobs

When the pandemic forced millions of people to work from home, industries like the legal industry had to quickly transition from a largely in-person practice to a work-from-home model.

From staffing to real estate to financials, law firms were remarkably agile in shifting to remote work, causing many firms to look at transitioning to fully or partially remote post-pandemic.

Here are some of the most popular legal jobs that can be done remotely:

  • Legal Secretary
  • Remote Attorney
  • Commercial Counsel
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant
  • Chief Legal Officer
  • Legal Recruiter
  • Senior Corporate Paralegal
  • Legal Writer
  • Legal Transcriptionist

Apply for legal jobs on Flexjobs,, Upwork, Indeed, and LinkedIn.

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Education Remote Careers

education remote jobs

Even before the pandemic, online education was a thriving space for people of all ages, backgrounds, and education levels. In 2018 alone, 47% of students chose to partake in online degree programs versus on-campus programs. Today, that number has certainly gone up.

The education system is rapidly adapting to the remote world, and opportunities are exploding right along with it.

Here are some key remote careers in the education space:

  • Remote teachers (language, economics, social studies, math, music, etc.)
  • College and university jobs (recruiting, student assistance, professors, adjunct faculty)
  • Exam tutors
  • Subject-specific tutors
  • Coach
  • Lesson planner

You cans find some of these remote education job opportunities on iTalki, Cambly, Verbal Planet, Verbling, VipkidFlexjobs, and Working Nomads.

Finance Remote Careers

finance remote jobs

Before the pandemic, 29% of financial services (FS) companies had more than half of their employees working from home at least once a week.

Since then, that number has more than doubled to 69%, showing a clear shift toward remote work after many employees reported greater productivity and overall success. Here is a list of companies hiring remote finance employees in a variety of industries.

These are some of the most in-demand remote finance jobs:

  • Data Entry Specialist
  • Bookkeeper
  • Staff/ Senior/ Project Accountant
  • Accounts Payable Coordinator (responsible for preparing, recording and administering payroll and benefits, accounts payable, and helping with other financial tasks)
  • Accounts Receivable Manager
  • Controller
  • Payroll Manager
  • Financial Planner

You can find some of these finance job opportunities on Flexjobs, We Work Remotely, LinkedIn, Working Nomads, (Data entry, accounting) and Upwork.

Management Remote Careers

No matter the size, structure, or industry of a company, every business needs a solid management team.

This is a broad category of jobs ranging from customer support to employee recruiting, but it’s a job that can (1) be done 100% online and (2) doesn’t require tons of technical skills.

Here are some of the most popular remote jobs in the management space:

  • Account Manager – the relationship-builder and liaison between a company and its clients
  • Customer Success Manager – supports and builds rapport with prospects with the goal of converting them into paying customers
  • Director of Operations – in charge of optimizing a company’s day-to-day activities to ensure peak performance
  • Engagement Manager – fosters positive long-term relationships with paying customers
  • Human Resources Manager – oversees and supports the employee experience, specifically focusing on hiring, employee policies, compensation and benefits, retention, training, employment laws, and worker protection.
  • Talent Recruiter – in charge of finding, screening, interviewing, and hiring prospective employees for a company

You can find and apply for some of these remote management jobs on Flexjobs, We Work Remotely, LinkedIn, Working Nomads,, and Indeed.

Customer Service Remote Jobs

If you’re a personable, empathetic, communicative individual, a remote job in the customer service realm could be a good fit.

The rising demand for customer support via technology has skyrocketed the number of remote jobs in this space, specifically the following roles:

  • Customer Service Consultant
  • Answering Service Representative
  • Customer Sales Agent
  • Bilingual Customer Service Representative
  • Client Support Specialist
  • Customer Success Manager (mentioned above)
  • Engagement Manager (mentioned above)

Apply for remote customer service jobs on Flexjobs, We Work Remotely, Indeed, Working Nomads, and

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International Remote Jobs

international remote jobs

One drawback of some remote jobs is a location requirement. For example, you might apply for and land a “remote job,” but the company may require you to be based in a specific geographic location.

When applying for remote jobs, make sure you check the job description or inquire about location requirements so you don’t get stuck in a pinch. However, check out the links below for remote jobs that accept employees from anywhere in the world!

Flexjobs,, Remote Global, and NoDesk.

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