10 Surprising Work-from-Home Jobs

When I think about working from home, I think about writing. Because that’s what I do when I work from home. Writing can be done from a coffee shop, an airport terminal, heck even on an airplane! So I admit I have a fairly limited view of what can be done from home.

That’s why I was happy to hear from Brie Reynolds from FlexJobs. She gave us 10 work-from-home jobs that really blew me away.

Take it away, Brie!

“The top career categories for telecommuting jobs, according to data from the Flexible Job Index, a monthly report on telecommuting and flexible job trends published by FlexJobs, are medical and health, customer service, administrative, sales, education and training, and computer and information technology. But work-from-home jobs also exist for career fields like performance arts, government and law, science, accounting and finance, travel and hospitality, and many others.

“If you want to work from home, make sure you’re a good fit for a telecommuting arrangement. Business and workplace expert, Alexandra Levin, advises that professionals assess their ability to work from home before jumping in. ‘Successful telecommuting professionals are able to focus through all of the distractions of a home-office without diminished productivity,’ says Levin.”

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a successful telecommuter? Here are the 10 most surprising work-from-home jobs currently available.

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  • 1. Sports Psychologist 2 of 11

    Behavior coaching and sports psychology jobs have increasingly become telecommute-appropriate because of the availability of technology like Skype. Work-from-home sports psychologists are part of wellness teams that help clients work towards weight loss and fitness goals, often meeting with clients via Skype, monitoring their progress on Internet-based platforms, and motivating them to reach their potential.


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  • 2. Travel Counselor 3 of 11

    Travel counselors are hired by large hospitality and travel companies like hotels, travel agencies, and even credit card companies for their business travel clients. While working from home, travel counselors assist members and clients with booking travel arrangements, last-minute trip planning, and emergency travel issues.


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  • 3. Merchandiser 4 of 11

    Sales is a huge area for telecommuting jobs, and this particular role will get you out and about, visiting clients and stores to help organize and visualize merchandise for sale. Telecommuting merchandisers work out of their homes completing administrative tasks, and then pay in-person visits to the clients in their territory.


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  • 4. Medical Interpreter 5 of 11

    People who speak English and at least one other language can find a variety of opportunities to work from home, but a surprising one is medical interpreting. Telecommuting medical interpreters work with doctors and patients over the phone to interpret health questions, diagnoses, treatment options, and more. Having a knowledge of medical terminology in different languages is necessary in order to correctly interpret a doctor's message for a patient, but the only degree requirement for these jobs is a high school diploma, so there are fewer barriers to entry.


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  • 5. Nonprofit Executive Director 6 of 11

    Working from home isn't just for lower-level positions. Executive directors, CEOs, and other top-level jobs are embracing telecommuting, and this is especially evident in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors.


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  • 6. Environmental Protection Specialist 7 of 11

    These positions are offered by governmental and nonprofit agencies, and allow people to work from home as they review the environmental impacts of various activities. Often, organizations hire home-based environmental protection specialists in specific regions of the country where they require a presence, but don't want to open a branch office. While these jobs are work-from-home, they also offer lots of opportunities to get out of the house and into the great outdoors.


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  • 7. Paralegal 8 of 11

    Paralegals used to be required to work in an attorney's office, but more of these jobs are moving to telecommuting roles. Performing all of the functions of a paralegal, these work-from-home jobs include drafting documents, researching information, interviewing participants, and helping with all phases of litigation.


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  • 8. Art Director 9 of 11

    As much of the art profession becomes digital, artists and designers will find ample opportunities to work from home. Telecommuting art directors oversee creative teams and often use design and media software to accomplish their work. Because so much of these jobs relies on self-management and organization, art directors must have a unique combination of creative and management skills.


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  • 9. High School Teacher 10 of 11

    These positions are available in subjects like art, math, science, English, foreign languages, humanities, and even physical fitness. Online high schools hire telecommuting teachers to teach students virtually, and the requirements are very much the same as for in-school teaching positions, including certification, curriculum development, and student interaction.


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  • 10. Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner 11 of 11

    Yes, you're reading that right! Telecommuting nursing jobs are a large and growing segment of the work-from-home industry. Health care providers hire at-home nurses to work with patients over the phone to diagnose and assist with medical issues. Nurses can also act as Case Managers, helping people navigate health insurance claims and medical treatments.


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Brie Weiler Reynolds is the Director of Online Content at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings. FlexJobs lists thousands of pre-screened, legitimate, and professional-level work-from-home jobs and other types of flexibility like part-time positions, freelancing, and flexible schedules. Brie provides career and job search advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media. Learn more atwww.FlexJobs.com.

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