Fun Friday: The best jobs for working outdoors

If you're tired of WFH, it may be time to start WFO

Fun Friday: The best jobs for working outdoors

Flexible working doesn’t just have to be a choice between working from home and working in an office. Employers are now starting to rethink the concept of remote and hybrid working and work/life balance as going beyond the confines of traditional workspaces. To free-spirited digital nomads, their version of a home office is in the outdoors, where they can be closer to nature. Imagine getting work done in a serene environment.

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FlexJobs, a career portal that specialises in remote/hybrid job listings, has compiled 20 of the top professions suitable to working from the outdoors (WFO). These are roles that don’t always rely on hardwired devices (a good Wi-Fi or mobile hotspot will do); don’t need to hold multiple video and phone calls; function independently and don’t rely on frequent collaboration; and are fully digital.

  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Communications manager/coordinator
  • Content manager
  • Curriculum developer
  • Data analyst
  • Data entry specialist
  • Digital marketing manager/director
  • Editor/Proof-reader
  • Financial analyst
  • Grant writer
  • Graphic designer
  • Interpreter
  • Medical coder
  • Resume writer
  • SEO/SEM specialist
  • Social media specialist
  • Software developer
  • Translator or transcriptionist

Before the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in the trend of unconventional home offices, researchers had long supported the idea that spending at least 120 minutes in nature is linked to good health and well-being. But working outdoors doesn’t mean throwing caution to the wind.

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“Don’t abandon your indoor office space! In most climates, some inclement weather is inevitable. You’ll still need a comfortable place to work when it’s not possible to work outside,” FlexJobs analysts said. “Overall, the goal is to experience the beauty of the outdoors and be productive in your new workspace.”

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