Top Flexing Jobs for 2018

Stress will continue to be a concern for many workers in 2018, and that’s a cause for concern for employers struggling with retention issues.

According to a recent survey, 71 percent of employees are so unhappy with their jobs that they are currently looking to change employers. The majority of respondents cite stress as a major factor and believe their jobs are having a significant impact on their mental health. A key solution to this is work flexibility, both for workers and for employers trying to retain employees.

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Jobs that offer flexible work options are increasing and available in a wide variety of industries. To shine a light on the fastest-growing career fields, FlexJobs analyzed job listings from the past year to identify the top 10 career categories in which the number of flexible job listings has increased significantly – more than 20 percent. Accounting & Finance, Advertising & PR, and e-commerce are among these high growth fields, indicating they are likely to be strong job categories for flexible job seekers in 2018 as well.

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The top 10 flexible career categories that have grown the most since January 1, 2017, plus common job titles within those categories, are:

  1. Editing: copywriter, editor, copy editor
  2. Writing: technical writer, resume writer, writer
  3. Data Entry: bookkeeper, data entry clerk, in-field quantitative market researcher
  4. Advertising & PR: event specialist sales, account executive, account representative
  5. Event Planning: event coordinator, event assistant, event planner
  6. News & Journalism: new editor, news writer, news producer
  7. Internet & e-commerce: social media coordinator, e-commerce manager, digital strategist
  8. Account Management: account manager, account executive, sales representative
  9. Computer & IT: IT project manager, systems engineer, business analyst
  10. Accounting & Finance: staff accountant, bookkeeper, accounting clerk

The career categories with the highest overall number of flexible jobs listings during 2017 are Medical & Health, Administrative, Customer Service, Sales, and Computer & IT.  FlexJobs also recently determined the fastest-growing flexible jobs for 2018 and the Top 50 Companies Hiring for Flexible Jobs.

Michael O'Brien
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Michael J. O’Brien is former web editor with Human Resource Executive®.