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Work from home jobs that are in demand right now

8. Graphic Designer

  • Anticipated annual vacancies: 23,900
  • Average hourly wage: $24.33

Whether it’s for websites, advertisements, newspapers or brochures, graphic designers use their creative skills to help people better understand products or ideas. Much of the work can be done remotely, with team members providing feedback on a designer’s project via video conference or email. Although employers often prefer candidates with an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in design, experience and a strong portfolio of work may be enough to land the job.

9. Web Developer

  • Anticipated annual vacancies: 17,900
  • Average hourly wage: $32.98

Every website we rely on to stay informed, connected with our communities, and meeting our essential needs is designed and maintained by a team of web developers. The job is unique because it requires workers to be thorough enough to make the most of available computer software, but also creative enough to visualize new ways to keep visitors engaged.

10. Information Security Analyst

  • Anticipated annual vacancies: 16,300
  • Average hourly wage: $39.50

Preventing hackers from exploiting vulnerabilities in a company’s computer networks is a difficult task and one for which demand is rapidly increasing. According to the BLS, the total number of jobs for information security analysts is expected to increase by 33% over the next decade.

11. Speech Therapist

  • Anticipated annual vacancies: 15,200
  • Average hourly wage: $44.26

When children (or adults) have communication disorders that prevent them from pronouncing words or speaking clearly, speech therapists help them understand the source of the problem and correct it. Just as many medical jobs have shifted to telehealth treatments during the pandemic, speech therapy has also added opportunities in teletherapy. But remember that even if you work remotely, you must have the appropriate licenses for the states where you and your clients live.

12. Translator

  • Anticipated annual vacancies: 10,400
  • Average hourly wage: $21.85

This job is a way to put your fluency in a language other than English to work. Spanish translators are most in demand, but you also need those who are fluent in Japanese, German, Chinese and other languages. Your typing and editing skills will also need to be strong.

13. Operations Research Analyst

  • Anticipated annual vacancies: 10,200
  • Average hourly wage: $40.77​

If you have a knack for making things happen, this role is for you. Workers in these positions examine company and employee practices to find ways to help them achieve their goals more effectively. Job opportunities range from helping health care insurers reduce the paperwork patients and employees have to fill out to helping public transportation systems run their call centers.

14. Occupational Therapist

  • Anticipated annual vacancies: 10 100
  • Average hourly wage: $39.50

Occupational therapists help people who are injured, ill, or disabled regain their ability to perform daily physical activities, such as dressing, feeding themselves, and performing job duties. Although this position traditionally involves face-to-face interactions with patients, many telehealth opportunities are now available. In addition to the appropriate state licenses, most occupational therapists also have a master’s degree in this field.

15. Medical Writer

  • Anticipated annual vacancies: 5,500
  • Average hourly wage: $34.47

There are basically two types of jobs in this field. Scientific medical writers produce reports on drug trials, medical studies, and other clinical data that are then read by healthcare professionals and regulatory agencies. Medical marketing writers focus more on everyday consumers, typically writing advertisements, brochures, and other educational materials. For both of these jobs, being able to explain things clearly and accurately is more important than being able to produce a colorful twist.

Kenneth Terrell covers employment, age discrimination, work and jobs, careers, and the federal government for AARP. He previously worked for the Education Writers Association and US news and world report, where he reported on government and politics, business, education, science and technology, and lifestyle news.

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