If you want to know possible fields that might allow telecommuting, look at the fields that are growing. The less able companies are able to fill their need for traditional employees, the more teleworking, freelancing, and working at home will proliferate in response to those needs.
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “2004-2014 Job Outlook for College Graduates” identifies numerous occupations that will have significant openings in the years ahead. The following is a list of seven prominent career fields with the job predicted to present the most opportunities to bachelor’s degree graduates in each field.
Field: Arts and Writing
Job: Public Relations Specialist
What they do: Promote media’s awareness of clients via publicity campaigns. Act as a liaison — often via written press releases — between clients and the public.
Median salary in 2005: $45,020
Projected job openings from 2004-2014: 70,000
Why there will be openings: Expanding media outlets and a retiring workforce should create career opportunities for college graduates with strong communication skills.
Field: Business, Finance and Sales
Job: Accountants and Auditors
What they do: Analyze fiscal records, inform clients about tax laws, prepare financial and statistical reports, and organize systems for recording expenditures.
Median salary in 2005: $52,210
Projected job openings from 2004-2014: 486,000
Why there will be openings: Rising personal incomes and increased regulation of financial activity should augment the need for accountants and auditors.
Field: Computers and Engineering
Job: Computer Software Applications Engineers
What they do: Develop, analyze and modify computer applications software for optimal operational efficiency.
Median salary in 2005: $77,090
Projected job openings from 2004-2014: 268,000
Why there will be openings: Ever-intensifying demand for new technology is expected to drive hiring of computer engineers.
Field: Counseling and Social Science
Job: Child, Family and School Social Workers
What they do: Provide services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children, both in and out of school, as well as their families.
Median salary in 2005: $35,250
Projected job openings from 2004-2014: 98,000
Why there will be openings: As schools and parents continue to see the benefits of counseling, demand for social workers is expected to grow.
Job: Elementary School Teachers (except special education)
What they do: Teach public or private elementary school students academic and social skills.
Median salary in 2005: $44,040
Projected job openings from 2004-2014: 587,000
Why there will be openings: In addition to the large number of educators that are expected to retire, there is also a trend toward smaller class sizes that will result in employment opportunities for teachers.
Job: Registered Nurses
What they do: Assess and respond to needs of ill and injured patients, implement care plans and maintain medical records.
Median salary in 2005: $54,670
Projected job openings from 2004-2014: 712,000
Why there will be openings: An aging population will require an increased number of healthcare providers.
What they do: Conduct chemical analyses and experiments, often in order to develop new products or knowledge.
Median salary in 2005: $57,890
Projected job openings from 2004-2014: 33,000
Why there will be openings: Many scientists are expected to retire, resulting in a shrinking workforce that will need to be replaced.