If a business supports its workers remotely, it seems a perfectly feasible general perception is that those remote jobs won’t pay in the six figures. But that’s actually not the case, according to a report from the job service FlexJobs. The company reviewed eight career categories, the majority in tech, that have potential to pay $100K or more per year. The pay rate is based on data from PayScale, and the majority of jobs are high-level positions that require higher education, and multiple years of experience.

If you’re surprised that someone who works remotely can be paid that much, you’re not alone. “Even though remote work is definitely increasingly, a common myth still persists that work-from-home jobs are scams or only available for very entry-level, specific jobs,” said Kathy Gardner, director of PR and media at FlexJobs. “The truth is that legitimate remote jobs are available in a variety of career fields and at every professional level. In fact, the average telecommuter is 46 years of age, or older, has at least a bachelor’s degree, and earns a higher median salary than an in-office worker.”

Full-time remote work has consistently been reported as the most desirable type of flexible work arrangement, so that leads to high-paying remote jobs being highly competitive and quite coveted.

Career fields identified with high-paying remote job potential

  • Computer and IT

  • Computer Security

  • Engineering

  • Marketing

  • Medical

  • Project/Product Manager

  • Sales and Business Development

  • Software Developer

There’s no debate that remote work is on the rise. In the last 10 years, remote work has increased by 91% in the US, and 159% since 2005; 4.7 million people in the US telecommute, up from 3.9% in 2015.

“Even as remote work continues to gain traction, the gross misconception that remote jobs can’t pay well still persists,” said Sara Sutton, CEO of FlexJobs, in a release. “The truth is that well-qualified professionals with the right skills and experience can often find great high-paying remote jobs that offer the same career opportunities as traditional on-site positions.”

SEE: Working remotely: A professional’s guide to the essential tools (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

A good fit, tech chops

And even though it is cited as a dream job, it’s not for everyone. You might not think of these positions as personality driven, yet they are. Gardner said, “Here are some traits that help remote workers thrive:

  • Written and verbal communication (this is almost always mentioned first when talking to remote managers)

  • Self-discipline

  • Critical thinking

  • Comfortable working independently

  • Collaborative and openly communicative

  • Culture fit (in a remote culture specifically)

  • Punctuality and a focus on timely interactions

  • Attention to detail

  • Self-motivated

  • Proactive mindset

  • Growth mindset

  • Self-starter

  • Good at budgeting time and staying focused

  • Independently productive

  • Adaptable

  • Continuous learner

  • Technically proficient

  • Sense of humor

  • Organized

  • A well-rounded set of interests outside of work (hobbies, friendships, community involvement, etc.)”

And if you are hired as a manager, you’ll learn that trust is imperative (in your own judgement when you hire someone to manage, and within your staff). Gardner added, “Managers of remote teams need to shift away from 20th century helicopter management practices that relied on ‘butts in seats’ as a measure of productivity to more modern ones integrating current workplace technologies to focus on effective processes, and results-oriented outcomes.”

The careers, the jobs and the pay

Computer & IT remote jobs
Cloud Architect $69K–$164K
Senior Solutions Architect: $97K–$166K
Technical Support Manager: $50K–$118K

Computer Security remote jobs
Cyber Security Analyst: $51K–$117K
Privacy Officer: $50K–$140K
Security Consultant: $56K–$134K

Engineering remote jobs
Research Engineer: $58K–$119K
Senior Systems Engineer: $78K–$140K
Software Engineer: $60K–$124K

Software Developer remote jobs
Front-End Developer: $46K–$107K
Java Developer: $50K–$103K
Mobile Developer: $49K–$112K

Marketing remote jobs
Marketing Communications Director: $47K–$136K
Marketing Director: $46K–$149K
Senior Product Marketing Manager: $86K–$156K
Vice President of Marketing: $84K–$202K

Medical remote jobs
Clinical Trial Manager: $65K–$132K
Medical Director: $119K–$301K
Psychologist: $48K–$113K

Project/Product Manager remote jobs
Product Manager: $54K–$121K
Project Manager, Operations: $47K–$107K
Senior Project Manager, IT: $84K–$145K

Sales and Business Development remote jobs
Business Development Manager: $44K–$121K
Channel Sales Manager: $50K–$124K
Senior Account Manager: $49K–$110K
Senior Sales Executive: $44K–$131K

The top 10 tips for prepping for a remote job interview

While you are responsible for the level of academia you’ve achieved and how long you have worked in the field, a boost is always welcome. Here are some tips to prepare you and to highlight your remote work expertise:

  1. Prepare a designated interview space free from clutter and distraction to have the meeting.

  2. Download and test the software that will be used for the interview (it’s okay to ask ahead of time what platform will be used).

  3. Turn on the webcam prior to a video call to check your surroundings and ensure nothing within view is in motion or inappropriate.

  4. Close all unnecessary software, turn off notifications on your computer and phone, and make sure your computer is fully charged.

  5. Place the video meeting window at the top of the screen, as close to your computer’s camera as possible.

  6. Dress professionally (not just from the shoulders up) and avoid fabric or jewelry that might disturb a microphone or be too busy or shiny on screen.

  7. Offer to give a tour of your office or share the photos to showcase a highly functional remote home office environment.

  8. Talk tech – digital communication is essential for all teams, but it plays a particularly important role when workers are based in different locations. Promising candidates are aware of various communication and collaboration tools, such as Trello, Slack, and Google Docs, and they showcase a willingness to learn new ones.

  9. Demonstrate awareness of common remote work pitfalls such as unplugging after hours, distractions, or loneliness, and the steps you will take to minimize them.

  10. Share a remote work backup plan in case you experience a power outage, tech or Internet issues.

For more, check out How to land a remote job, and thrive in it on TechRepublic.

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