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Best Work-From-Home Jobs to Apply to in 2021

10 Full-Time Roles You Can Do Remotely!

Work-from-home jobs sometimes get a bad reputation: low pay, repetitive work, micromanagement... the list goes on. But if one good thing has come out of 2020, it's that it's redefined working from home. Remote work has come a long way, and the opportunities to work from home in 2021 are more promising than ever before.


If you're like me, and freelance, task-oriented remote jobs like article writing, data entry, transcription, or professional survey taking (yep, that exists), aren't your thing - don't worry. There are more full-time remote opportunities than ever before that offer you the freedom to manage your own time, the security of consistent monthly income, the support of a team, and the promise of growth. In fact, we've got close to 5,000 on PowerToFly.

So, if you're looking for a remote opportunity in 2021 that will push you to develop professionally, look no further than our list of the 10 best work-from-home jobs. And by best, we mean fun, challenging roles that will help you grow, while making a respectable income.

All the jobs listed have average salaries between 45 and 119k, and have average or higher-than-average growth potential (based off of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' predictions for growth from 2018 to 2028 and/or LinkedIn's 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).

10 Best Work-From-Home (Remote) Jobs for 2021

Jobs sorted from highest to lowest average salary. (Salary data taken from ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and/or the U.S. BLS depending on availability and specificity to remote roles.)

1. Data Scientist

Who It's Good For: Detail-oriented stats masters skilled at identifying and understanding trends.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Remote Data Science Roles. Plus, watch this Chat & Learn with a data insights engineer to learn more about data-driven careers.

Why You Can Do It Remotely: With more data than ever before at our fingertips, companies know the value of hiring folks who know "big data" as more than just a buzzword. True stats buffs are hard to come by, so expertise often outweighs location.

Growth 2018-2028: 30.7%

Annual Growth: 37% (Data Scientist made LinkedIn's List of the top 15 emerging job for 2020)

Average Annual Salary: $119,000

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2. Software Developer/Engineer

Who It's Good For: Self-directed (and disciplined) coding enthusiasts who love problem solving and having the freedom to work whenever they feel most focused.

Sound Like You? Check Out: 4,000+ Software Developer/Engineer jobs on PowerToFly and be sure to check out this Q&A with software engineer, Kasey Champion to learn about her experience working at a fully remote company and get her tips for acing technical interviews!)

Why It Can Be Done Remotely: Arguably, not only can programming be done remotely - it should be! Why? Writing code requires undisturbed blocks of time rarely found in traditional workplaces.

As computer scientist and entrepreneur Paul Graham observed in his essay on makers' vs. managers' schedules:

" Most powerful people are on the manager's schedule...But there's another way of using time that's common among people who make things, like programmers and writers. They generally prefer to use time in units of half a day at least. You can't write or program well in units of an hour. That's barely enough time to get started."

Office culture was designed with managers' schedules in mind, and thus makes adhering to a maker's schedule extremely difficult. Remote work, alternatively, is much more conducive to this. After all, it's a lot easier to snooze your Slack notifications than it is to ignore your boss literally hovering over your shoulder.

Growth for 2018-2028: 21%

Annual Growth: 35% for full stack engineers, 30% for backend developers, 25% for javascript developers (all three made LinkedIn's top 15 emerging jobs)

Average Annual Salary: $111,781

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3. Designer (Web, Graphic, Product, or UI/UX)

Who It's Good For: Designers who do their best work independently or from the comfort of their own home.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Remote Design Roles

Why You Can Do It Remotely: No doubt there's value in brainstorming with your team, but once you know the needs of a project, most design work can be done independently and then shared. With tools like Zoom, Jira, and Slack, it's easier than ever before to share your work, get feedback, and hit deadlines. (And, like programmers/developers, designers are also more likely to benefit from a maker's schedule!)

Growth for 2018-2028: The BLS predicts only 3% growth, but others predict significantly higher growth based on the length of time UI/UX roles stay open before being filled.

Average Annual Salary (for UX Design): $98,816 according to data from ZipRecruiters

Average Median Salary (for Graphic Design): $50,370 in 2018, according to the U.S. BLS (not specific to remote roles)

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4. Product Manager

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Who It's Good For: Anyone who loves big-picture strategy and building products that users will love.

(If you enjoy more nitty-gritty task oversight, consider project management instead — both roles can be done remotely! You can learn more about the differences between the two PM roles here.)

Sound Like You? Check Out: Remote Product Manager Jobs (Plus, practice these product manager interview questions to help you land the gig!)

Why You Can Do It Remotely: As more and more software engineers and other tech professionals work remotely, it only makes sense that the PMs coordinating with them work remotely. If you're a virtual communication wiz comfortable communicating online and using tools like Zoom, GitHub, Jyra, Slack, and Asana (the list goes on...), then you're all set!

Annual Growth: 24%*

*Based on expected growth for Product Owner from LinkedIn's emerging jobs report. The BLS doesn't currently track growth specifically for Product Manager positions.

Average Annual Salary: $81,149

More Remote Product Manager Jobs

5. P.A., Nurse, or Nurse Practitioner

Who It's Good For: An experienced medical practitioner ready to swap 12 hour shifts for a more flexible schedule.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Remote Nurse Jobs and subscribe to job alerts from Flatiron Health for future remote roles!

Why You Can Do It Remotely: New technology is changing the way healthcare is delivered. You can provide wellness and medical education, patient-centered care, and treatment virtually, all while collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, physicians, and medical assistants.

Growth for 2018-2028 (Nurse Practitioner): 26%

Average Annual Salary (Remote Nurse): $73,374

6. Technical Writer

Who It's Good For: Top-notch communicators (writers) who can explain complex topics succinctly and clearly. (It's helpful if you have expertise in at least one technical subject.)

Sound Like You? Check Out: Remote Technical Writer Jobs

Why It Can Be Done Remotely: Like programmers, technical writers are makers - they need large, undisturbed blocks of time to create content. Technology and the nature of remote work can help ensure writers are able to communicate efficiently with their teams and organize meetings when they'll be constructive, not distracting.

Growth for 2018-2028: 8%

Average Annual Salary: $68,,454

More Remote Technical Writer Jobs

7. Customer Success Manager

Who It's Good For: Good communicators who love helping others and problem-solving.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Remote Customer Success Roles

Why It Can Be Done Remotely: Most customer service needs can be met over the phone and online. With a computer and good internet connection (and enough patience), you can handle all your customers' needs from wherever you are.

Growth for 2020: 34% annual growth rate (The BLS doesn't share data specific to customer success, but thanks to the growth of SaaS, Customer Success Specialist made LinkedIn's 2020 list of the top 15 emerging jobs)

Average Annual Salary: $67,371

More Remote Customer Success Jobs

8. Marketing Manager

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Who It's Good For: Folks who are equal parts creative and analytical.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Remote Marketing Manager Jobs on PowerToFly

Why You Can Do It Remotely: Analyzing industry trends and crafting strategy can be done from anywhere. And with teams becoming more and more spread out, you can coordinate cross-functionally with sales people, engineers, and more using Zoom, Slack, and other online tools.

Growth for 2018-2028: 8%

Average Annual Salary: $62,788 (according to data for remote professionals from ZipRecruiters)

Average Median Salary: $134,290 in 2018, according to the U.S. BLS (not specific to remote roles)

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9. Recruiter

Who It's Good For: A people-person skilled in market research, project/time management, and negotiation.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Remote Recruiting Roles

Why You Can Do It Remotely: As remote work takes off and fully remote teams become more common, it only makes sense that recruiters at these companies would be remote as well. Although recruiting saw a dip at the start of the pandemic, the number of remote recruiting roles is steadily increasing as companies ramp back up their hiring goals—we have hundreds of open remote recruiter roles on PowerToFly!

Growth for 2018-2028: 5%

Average Annual Salary: $59,474

More Remote Recruiting Jobs

10. Sales Development Representative

Who It's Good For: A self-starter with previous experience or an interest in Sales, or anyone who's just starting out and eager to prove themselves!

Sound Like You? Check Out: Remote SDR Roles

Why You Can Do It Remotely: You don't need to be in a particular location to make sales calls, deliver pitches, send follow-up emails, or manage your sales team. And if you have to fly from an office to meet a client, you can just as easily fly from your hometown.

Growth for 2018-2028: 5%

Annual Growth: 34% (LinkedIn lists SDR as one of its top 15 emerging roles for 2020)

Median Annual Salary (not specific to remote) for SDRs: $45,937

More Remote SDR Jobs

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Interested in one of the roles above? Check out these resources for landing your dream remote job and get ready to reap the full benefits of remote work in 2021 - doing what you like, where you like. Good luck!

[A version of this article was originally published on Dec. 19, 2018]

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