Remote work has exploded in recent years, as a widespread workforce allows companies to find skilled talent across geographic areas. While having a college degree is a big help in landing a fully-remote position, job seekers don't necessarily have to be a graduate to fill many positions, according to a recent report from FlexJobs.
This is particularly the case for tech jobs, past research has found: Some 75% of tech recruiters and hiring managers said they've hired a great candidate from a non-traditional background, according to a recent report from HackerRank. Since more than 70% of developers are at least partially self-taught, vetting candidates only by having a computer science degree means you are missing out on millions of skilled workers, the report noted.
Qualifications such as experienced, specialized skills, non-degree certifications, and problem-solving skills can matter more to hiring managers than degrees for some positions, FlexJobs found. Strong communication and foreign language skills can also be a major advantage to job seekers.
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Employers in professions including IT, design, sales, marketing, and healthcare often have openings for jobs that do not require a college degree to qualify, the report noted.
Here are 13 fully-remote jobs that do not require a bachelor's degree, as found on Remote.co, according to the report:
Average salary: $53,181
An instinct for spotting "breakout campaigns" and two to five years in advocacy, communications, or a related campaign field are top requirements.
Average salary: $34,507
Candidates with a proven track record of professional transcription skills who can meet a 99% accuracy rate will qualify for this remote position.
Average salary: $56,232
The successful candidate for this remote position will have at least five years of experience as a project manager and top-notch communication skills.
Average salary: $43,085
The customer account specialist will help customers via inbound calls or chat, identify client needs, achieve upselling goals, and diagnose and resolve technical hardware and software issues.
Average salary: $58,201
Solid programming skills and at least three years of experience are top priorities for this work-from-home job.
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Average salary: $49,864
The "must-haves" for this full-time remote job include experience in UX technologies, great communication skills, and past remote work experience.
Average salary: $50,978
The employer emphasizes three to five years in a related field, a persuasive personality, and a desire to succeed in sales for this remote opportunity.
Average salary: $50,444
A minimum of four years working in internal marketing organizations or ad agencies is a top requirement to qualify for this fast-paced remote job.
Average salary: $37,436
Using 1+ years of experience in a front line customer service role, the onboarding concierge will provide support and direction during the onboarding process for new hires.
Average salary: $43,702
As a podcaster, you'll need up-to-date, reliable audio and video recording equipment and experience in any number of fields like technology, entrepreneurship, and online marketing.
Average salary: $42,986
The sales development rep will qualify and distribute monthly inbound sales leads, track an inbound web forms queue, and re-engage lapsed leads. Position requires an entry-level understanding of financial markets.
Average salary: $86,555
To qualify for this remote position, you'll need a portfolio demonstrating your prior work and experience with a variety of programming technologies.
13. Walk manager
Average salary: $53,993
At minimum, you'll need five to seven years of nonprofit work experience, proven ability to meet revenue targets, and demonstrated communications skills to perform this remote branding/marketing job.
Alison DeNisco Rayome has nothing to disclose. She does not hold investments in the technology companies she covers.
Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.