Fun Friday: The fastest-growing remote jobs of 2021

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Fun Friday: The fastest-growing remote jobs of 2021

There are new remote job opportunities opening up today for the modern-day worker.

This trend of hiring for home-based positions is predicted to grow even bigger in 2021 as more employers increase their headcount and prepare for recovery.

While working from home last year started out as a necessity, new data suggest companies are adapting to this new way of working by hiring more remote staff.

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A number of elements have contributed to the growth of remote jobs – not the least of which is the influence of the pandemic.

But, as a recent job market analysis from FlexJobs showed, some of the most in-demand careers in 2020 were also the ones that thrived best in a WFH set-up – and HR roles were among them.

“All of these fields are naturally highly compatible with remote work,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs.

Long before the pandemic, the WFH option was already being used as a tool to attract and retain talent. In fact, four in five employees (84%) in a 2019 survey said they would turn down a job opportunity if it didn’t offer flexibility.

It’s no surprise, then, that job hunters today are going after remote and flexible positions more than ever. Without a WFH option, many are happy to move on to the next opportunity.

“Because of the unprecedented focus on remote work, we’ve seen a big increase in people looking for jobs that let them work from home, as well as more companies than ever allowing remote work and hiring for remote positions across a variety of fields,” Sutton said.

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Some career tracks have seen demand soar. Between March and December 2020, for example, 10 categories showed a 25% rise in remote job listings.

These professional-level jobs enable employees to work from home either entirely or part of the time. All in all, they are a clear indication of a promising future for remote jobseekers in 2021.

10 fastest-growing remote career categories


  • Content Marketer
  • Marketing Operations Specialist
  • Market Research Specialist


  • Executive Assistant
  • Title Specialist and Policy Typist
  • Administrative Assistant

HR & Recruiting

  • Recruiter
  • On-Boarding Coordinator
  • Human Resources Data Analyst

Accounting & Finance

  • Staff Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Senior Tax Accountant

Graphic Design

  • Senior Store Designer
  • Associate Experience Designer
  • Senior Brand Designer, UX

Customer Service

  • Patient Navigator
  • Support Agent
  • Customer Support Representative


  • Mortgage Reporter
  • Principal Medical Writer – Phase 1 Oncology
  • Social Media Relationships Manager

Mortgage & Real Estate

  • Escrow Trust Accounting Representative
  • Transfer Coordinator 1
  • Mortgage Loan Processor 4

Internet & Ecommerce

  • Search Engine Optimisation Marketing Manager
  • Styling Assistant
  • Email Marketing Specialist

Project Management

  • Project Manager
  • Manager – Cardiovascular Contracting Specialist
  • Senior Program Manager

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