Working from home ups your productivity — and sometimes your paycheck.
New research covered Wednesday in the Harvard Business Review — which looked at the impact of a work-from-anywhere policy on workers at the U.S. Patent & Trade Office — found that the employees output actually increased (by 4.4%) and quality of work remained the same. “A key takeaway from our research is that if a work setting is ripe for remote work — that is, the job is fairly independent and the employee knows how to do their job well — implementing work-from-anywhere can benefit both the company and the employee,” the researchers wrote.
This comes as more workers are working remotely. Data released in 2018 from Indeed found that about one in three workers says their company has a policy allowing remote work. And data from Gallup revealed that from 2012 to 2016, the percentage of employees working at least some of the time remotely rose to 43% of employees, from 39%. They’re also spending more time than ever working from home.
Part of this is that companies are realizing that “flexible scheduling and work-from-home opportunities play a major role in an employee’s decision to take or leave a job,” the 2017 Gallup report revealed. Plus, businesses see that they can cut real estate costs by letting people work from home sometimes, the report adds.
Of course, many jobs that let you do the bulk of the work remotely can be low paying — but not always. Here are five jobs that often let employees work from home — for all or most of their workweek — that can pay $100,000 or more.
Senior medical writer. In this job, you might work for a healthcare or pharmaceutical company writing research-based medical documents related to a disease, illness or drug. You usually need medical and health knowledge and an understanding of government regulations related to healthcare. A bachelor’s degree is typically sufficient to land this job, says Glassdoor community expert Scott Dobroski. The average salary is over $100,000and can go even higher for more experienced workers. Even better: “The demand for medical writing is growing steadily in pharmaceutical and healthcare communication market,” research shows.
Related jobs: Senior technical writers can often work from home too, and they average more than $90,000 in pay.
Back-end web developer. Back-end web developers deal with the code and other technology that a user of your site will never see but that keeps the site running and functional. And the job prospects are numerous, according to flexible jobs site FlexJobs. Plus, the pay is typically just under six figures (though many make more) and job growth through 2024 is 27%, which the government notes is “much faster than average.” Dobroski says employers for this job typically prefer a bachelor’s degree but may not always require one.
Related jobs: Those with web development skills can also find work-from-home, high-paying work doing front-end and UI development and software engineering.
Sales director. Sales directors help craft sales plans and manage salespeople and rake in over $100,000 a year, sometimes significantly more. These jobs are plentiful — a search on job site Indeed.com for work-from-home sales director jobs paying six figures or more reveals more than 100 listings currently looking for people — and are available in a variety of fields. Plus, even sales director jobs that require some in-office time often have flexibility in when and how often you come into the office, as you’ll often be out in the field meeting clients, says Dobroski. Typically a bachelor’s degree and plenty of sales and management experience is required to land this job; and employers also look for good negotiation and interpersonal skills, says Brie Reynolds, senior career specialist at FlexJobs.com.
Related jobs: A variety of sales jobs have the potential — thanks to generous commission structures — of making six figures.
Consultant. If you have specialized knowledge and skills in your field — be it IT, management, media or something else — you can market your skills as a consultant. For example, if you’re a media professional who knows how to quickly create popular articles that get picked up by other websites, you could sell your skills as a media consultant to news organizations. While the average salary for a consultant is roughly $90,000, many earn far more than that — especially those with skills in popular fields like technology. “Consultants should have superior people skills, communication skills, and problem solving skills, as well as being highly analytical, too,” says Larson.
UX designer. “Every company is a tech company these days,” says Dobroski says — in that almost all of them have a website or app that they need to function. That’s one reason UX designers — who make sure the site or app looks and feels satisfying to users — are so in demand right now. Job prospects are solid for those who want to work at least part-time from home, and while average pay is nearly $90,000, many of these designers are making way above that, he adds.
This story was originally published in July 2017 and has been updated.