Let me give you a scenario. You've got a solid job. It pays well, you're good at the work, you enjoy it, and it has great benefits. But there's a catch: you hate being stuck inside the four boring walls of an office from 9 to 5 every day.
Sound familiar? Right. I thought so. Well, you're not alone. It's no secret that the standard office floor isn't the most inspiring of work spaces, and research actually suggests that such an environment can be bad for your health. Luckily for you, there's a solution: remote work.
More and more companies in the U.S. and around the world are recognizing the benefits of allowing their employees to telecommute. Studies show that distributed business models are good for both the company and its employees, and with all the recent innovations in live collaboration tools and online communication programs, it's becoming easier and easier for companies to operate smoothly with employees all over the world.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore! And while you're doing it, here are nine great jobs for people who want to get out and see the world instead of being stuck in an office the rest of their lives.
College admissions are only getting more and more competitive each year. Parents are willing to pay a premium to make sure their children are getting the best grades possible and are prepared for standardized tests and the admissions process. With companies like Kaplan consistently being rated highly by FlexJobs, a leading resource on flexible and remote job opportunities, it is clear there is a high demand for flexible workers who can offer high-level tutoring from anywhere in the world.
2. Software Engineering
Everyone knows the earning power of a great software developer, but did you know that this industry is also leading the way in providing flexible, work-from-anywhere jobs for employees? Many companies are now encouraging employees to work from abroad and master the art of remote collaboration so they can have the best of both worlds: top-level engineering work and the freedom to roam.
3. Graphic/Digital Design
Graphic design is becoming an increasingly in-demand skill set as companies worry more and more about their image, specifically online. Digital designers, however, need the freedom to let their creative juices flow, and many people have written at length about the fact that creative people do not thrive in a traditional office environment. It makes sense. Offices don't exactly inspire great inspirations in visual design. So go out there and be inspired by the world, and you might create the next great icon or logo!
This one's for all the problem-solvers out there. Doesn't the idea of a company that sends you around to other companies to help them solve their problems sound like fun? Well, those exist. And there are lots of them. A lot of consulting groups are famous for their crazy interview questions, and yes, it's a pretty competitive industry, but once you get in, companies will often cover all expenses as you fly around the world helping solve your clients' problems. Not a bad way to earn a living.
Okay, we get it: you text a lot. You tweet a lot. You message on Skype and Facebook and everywhere else a lot. Maybe you consider yourself a good communicator. But are you a good writer? More people are complaining these days about the poor quality of writing in the business world. It reflects poorly on companies when their various means of communication are littered with typos and grammatical errors. It also means that people with excellent grammar are in high demand. English majors aren't in such bad shape, after all! And, with the increasingly global nature of business, if you're proficient in another language, you may be very highly sought after for translation across languages, countries, and cultures. And you can do it from anywhere in the world! Thanks, internet!
This one might be a little surprising to you. It seems like all we're hearing these days is "journalism is dead" and "newspapers are dying" and all that. Well, that's only partially true. Yes, there are websites chronicling the slow death of the local newspaper, but that doesn't mean journalism as a whole is dead. What we're seeing instead is the rise of freelance journalists, writing from anywhere in the world on any subject they want, contributing to publications big and small on a piece-by-piece basis. So, yes, we don't have as many beat reporters, but if you're good enough, you can get a byline with the top dogs, all while writing from your favorite vacation spot.
7. Human Resources
Is this the flashiest industry in the world? No, perhaps not. Does it pay well? Yes. It turns out being an HR manager can pay very well. And with such amazing companies as Zenefits, the online HR resource program, gaining more and more traction among progressive companies, it's now easier than ever to do your HR work without having to set foot in an office. So even if the work you're doing isn't the most adventurous, you can spice up your life by doing a little globe-hopping while on the job.
The demand for professionals in the healthcare industry is only growing, especially as Baby Boomers, who make up a pretty significant portion of the population, age into requiring more medical services. And while you might wonder how can doctors and nurses could ever work from home, you may not realize that a large chunk of health care revenues go to specialists who have the flexibility to work from wherever they please, provided they are appropriately qualified. And the nice thing about having a job in this field is knowing that wherever you want to travel, there will be a demand for your services.
9. Air Travel
Pretty self-explanatory, this one. If none of these other professions suits your fancy, become a pilot, or perhaps a flight attendant. Those jobs will guarantee you see a lot of the world. Happy travels!