Technology makes remote work so much easier these days. Remote jobs allow professionals to work outside the traditional office setting. For military spouses, working remote might be the best way to pursue a career.
Remote work is not a new concept. And luckily for you, it’s getting more and more popular! In fact, there are even entire job search sites, like FlexJobs.com, dedicated to helping people find and apply for remote opportunities.
Military spouses and remote opportunities
For many military families, the only thing that never changes is that things will always change. Assignments change, relocations happen, and support systems may be thousands of miles away. But a flexible, remote job can provide stability during active military life.
But, what type of career is right for you? These are some of the top careers for working remotely — complete with salary info and necessary skills to help you decide which is the best fit for you and your family.
Top remote jobs for military spouses
Bookkeepers make an average of over $40,000 per year ($19.38 per hour) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Most employers require bookkeepers to have some type of education beyond a high school diploma, typically a career training program.
You will need good computer skills especially for a remote bookkeeping job and good solid understanding of financial math.
How bookkeepers work remote:
To work remotely, most businesses will have their bookkeeper access a server, software, and financial documents. The bookkeeper then signs onto the company’s secure network and accesses the documents as needed. As long as the work is completed by specified deadlines, it is really up to the bookkeeper to decide when and how long to work to get the job done.
Computer support specialist have an average salary of over $53,000 per year, which equates to almost $26 per hour.
You will also need strong customer-service skills, listening skills, problem-solving skills, speaking skills, and writing skills for success in a computer support specialist.
How computer support specialists/technicians work remote:
Remote computer support is delivered right to a person’s workstation or PC online. The remote technician uses special software to perform maintenance, inspect and troubleshoot issues, and fix problems. This type of IT support is ideal, since professionals can staff the support desk in their local time zone to provide 24/7 support.
Human resource specialists earn just under $61,000 per year.
HR professionals need to have strong communication, critical thinking, attention to details, and great interpersonal relationships.
How HR professionals work remote:
Recruiting, payroll, benefits, and even training can be done entirely remote. Conference calls, video chat, email and other remote communication make it possible to work with employees and company leadership.
Medical Billing/Medical Coding
Medical billing and coding specialists make just over $40,000 per year on average when they work full time.
Most importantly, you need to understand medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, health data and requirement standards, and classification and coding systems. You will also need to have strong analytical skills, standard computer skill, and a good eye for details.
How medical billing and coding specialists work remote:
When it comes to remote medical billing and coding, healthcare facilities typically send the documents, charts, and records digitally. Specialist will then code the documents and send them either to insurance companies for billing purposes or back to the healthcare facility.
Payroll specialists have a nationwide median salary just over $45,000. Better yet, you won’t need a bachelor’s degree to work in these positions.
You will need to understand accounting, bookkeeping, human resources, and computer skills courses.
Additionally, you’ll need basic computer knowledge, organizational skills, and communication skills. Just as with bookkeepers, there are a lot of opportunities for remote payroll specialists.
How payroll specialists work remote:
To work remote, the business grants access to its server, software and employee payroll data. The payroll specialist signs onto the company’s network to access and work on the documents. As long you meet payroll deadlines, you can determine your own hours.
Technical writers earn an average annual salary of nearly $72,000 per year even when working remotely!
Most importantly, you need to be a strong writer and the ability to break down complex topics.
How technical writers work remote:
Working from home allows the technical writer to have better concentration and less interruptions that a typical office space. This increases productivity of the writer and helps them perform better on the job.
Virtual Administrative Assistant
Virtual assistants make just under $40,000 per year. Once you’ve earned your high school diploma, you can work on completing courses or certifications in Microsoft Office programs.
You will need to have great decision-making skills, interpersonal skills, and organizational skills as well as oral and written communication skills.
How virtual assistants work remote:
While a newer remote profession, demand certainly exists across industries. By supplying a computer linked to a company’s server and loaded with Microsoft Office programs, a business can save thousands of dollars and benefit from the increases productivity that remote workers provide.
Web designers make over $66,000 when working full time on average.
How web designers work remote:
The initial phases of a project require meetings to set goals and determine client needs. However, the actual design phase can be completed in a comfortable environment, free of distraction. Most remote web designers use one of the following to manage their projects and connect with their team members: Slack, Basecamp, Jira, Asana, Google Hangout, Harvest, Dropbox, and Skype.
Web developers have a median salary of nearly $70,000 annually.
How web developers work remote:
The initial phases of a project may require meetings to set project goals and milestones. However, developers do much the work is in a distraction-free environment. In fact, the same apps used by web designers will help you stay organized and meet project deadlines.
Get started in a remote career with ed2go
In the past, military spouse jobs could be hard to come by. But remote opportunities on rise, so you can work from anywhere in the world.
We know that learning and working on your schedule can be be tough, but we can help you start training for a remote career through the MyCAA Scholarship program. Contact us to connect with an MyCAA specialist. Let us help you apply for your MyCAA Scholarship, choose a partner, and create your Education and Training Plan!
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