With unemployment currently at 3.6 percent, near a half-century low, job seekers are strongly positioned for successful job searches as 2020 approaches. By comparing the most recent data on the fastest-growing occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to the jobs in its own database, FlexJobs has determined which 12 fast-growing occupations also come with flexible work options, such as a remote arrangement, a flexible or part-time schedule, or freelance work.
“BLS’s list supports the projection that there will be an increased demand for healthcare workers as baby boomers continue to age, with computer/IT and mathematics other fields poised to increase substantially in the next decade as well,” said Sara Sutton, Founder, and CEO of FlexJobs. “And of course, we strongly believe that remote work will continue to grow as a primary workplace trend in 2020. Telecommuting clearly has evolved beyond the “perk” stage into a global phenomenon, and the 2020s will see organizations focusing on issues related to this development, such as well-crafted work-from-home policies and better security for shared information,” Sutton concluded.
Ordered from highest growth to lowest, occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2018-28 that also offer flexible work options are listed below. Each occupation is projected to grow at least 23 percent. The 2018 median salary information is also included.
1. Home health aides 37 percent growth ($24,200)
2. Information security analysts 32 percent growth ($98,350)
3. Physician assistants 31 percent growth ($108,610)
4. Statisticians 31 percent growth ($87,780)
5. Nurse practitioners 28 percent growth ($107,030)
6. Speech language pathologists 27 percent growth ($77,510)
7. Genetic counselors 27 percent growth ($80,370)
8. Mathematicians 26 percent ($101,900)
9. Operations research analysts 26 percent growth ($83,390)
10. Software developers, applications 26 percent growth ($103,620)
11. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 23 percent growth ($97,370)
12. Medical assistants 23 percent growth ($33,610)