Rapid advances in technology and increasing roadway congestion have made telecommuting a desirable perk in the modern working world. And, while there are plenty of work-from-home scams to watch out for, numerous well-paying jobs can be performed while wearing slippers and pajamas.
1 – Computer Network Architect
Median salary: $94,000
Computer network architects design and implement computer and information networks such as extranets, intranets, local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN) and others. Other functions include analysis, modeling and planning along with security measures.
To get in on the action, you’ll need a computer-related degree and experience in a related field. And, if you do so, job security shouldn’t be a problem for quite some time.
2 – Computer Systems Analyst
Median salary: $79,680
A computer systems analyst analyzes data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Workflow automation as well as analysis of user requirements, procedures and problems are among the other complicated tasks in this profession.
A computer or information science degree is the best approach to entering this field, although some firms will hire qualified candidates with other degrees.
Like other computer fields, above-average growth is expected this decade.
Interestingly, despite the industry’s heavy concentration in Silicon Valley, Texas now has roughly 2/3 as many computer systems analysts as California—likely due to Austin’s ever-growing status as a tech hub as it pulls talent from The Golden State.
3 – Database Administrator
Median salary: $77,080
Database administrators organize and store data for users while preventing unauthorized access. Doing so involves administering, testing and implementing computer databases and related security measures.
To get started, you’ll need a computer-related bachelor’s degree as well as experience in a related field. Those who do so will benefit from a 31 percent surge in demand due to the rapid growth in data collection by businesses along with an increased need for data security.
4 – Computer Programmer
Medial salary: $74,280
Computer programmers create, test and modify the programs that keep our computers running every day. They often work from the designs of software developers and may assist them by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. Basically, they perform the behind-the-scenes work most of us don’t want (or are unable) to do.
Interestingly, despite the historically-recent explosion of computers into mainstream society, this profession has existed since 1843. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that, despite male dominance in this occupation, the Computer History Museum lists a female (Ada Lovelace) as the first programmer.
To follow in Lovelace’s footsteps, you’ll need at least an associate’s degree in a related field.
5 – Software Developer
Median salary: $70,831
Software developers fall under two categories: applications and systems.
According to the BLS, applications software developers design computer applications such as games and word processors. Meanwhile, systems software developers create the underlying systems that allow computers to function properly, including operating systems.
To become a software developer, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer-programming skills. Demand is expected to surge 30 percent this decade due to the rising use of computer software, meaning your educational investment will likely pay off handsomely.
6 – Accountant
Median salary: $63,550
As an accountant, you’ll analyze and interpret accounting records to prepare statements and offer financial advice. This isn’t the most entertaining work around, but it certainly pays the bills both on and off the job.
A bachelor’s degree in accounting is typically required for this occupation. Those who earn a CPA will gain an added advantage in the job market.
With the financial crisis and increased regulations, demand for accountants will rise to 16 percent this decade.
7 – Web Developer
Median salary: $62,500
As the term implies, Web developers design, create and alter websites. Most professional websites enlist their services to stand out from amateurs.
Web developers often work on a freelance basis. However, companies also hire full-time candidates to work from home.
To get in on this rapidly-growing field, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field.
8 – Loan Officer
Median salary: $59,820
Loan officers evaluate, recommend and authorize loans for customers.
Generally, you’ll need just a high school diploma to enter this field. Most training is provided on the job.
And, despite increasing loan restrictions, this field is alive and well. Projections estimate a 14 percent growth this decade on top of the nearly 287,000 loan officers in existence.
This is a particularly lucrative field in New York, given the average wage of $117,000 in the state, which blows away the average in any other state or country.
9 – Fine Artist
Median salary: $44,850
Illustrators, painters, sculptors and the like can work from anywhere they want, including home. Of course, they do as their profession implies, illustrating, painting and sculpting items from various media and materials.
Hands-on training is key to becoming a fine artist. However, you can take classes or earn a degree to improve career prospects.
10 – Tax Preparer
Median salary: $33,370
Unlike accountants and other far-reaching financial professionals, tax preparers focus exclusively on preparing tax returns for individuals and businesses.
In the US alone, about 60 percent of Americans hire a tax preparer instead of roughing it alone and, with the ever-growing, US tax code, this trade won’t go away anytime soon. In fact, the IRS commissioner uses a tax preparer himself, in part, because the tax code is so complex.
While the number of computer-related careers predominate this list, it is never too hard or too late to get in on the action. Furthermore, it should be noted that these careers are averages amongst a large population; if you find a niche for yourself that rakes in the cash, stick with it! You never know, your home business could be the next big thing.
This is a guest post by Maxime Rieman. She is a writer for NerdWallet, a financial literacy website where you can find affordable car insurance, manage your 401K and plan that next vacation.