The Flexible Job Index data for October 2011 lists medical and health as the top career field with the most available telecommuting, part-time, freelance and other flexible job listings. Here is a list of the top five career fields in terms of virtual office friendliness:
- Medical & Health (8.0% increase)
- Computer & IT (5.9% increase)
- Sales (5.5% increase)
- Web & Software Development (5.2% increase)
- Administrative (5.1% increase)
"We are feeling positive about the growth in the job postings for these professional fields," Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs shared. "Generally, companies tend to start slowing their hiring process down as the holidays approach, but we're thankfully not seeing that trend yet."
In terms of job category growth, these career fields had the most dramatic increases in available postings in October are call center (31%), data entry (27.4%), and bilingual (19.9%). What’s more, entry-Level jobs were up 26.5 percent and manager positions are up 17 percent. This growth may be attributable to the upcoming holiday shopping season.
At the same time, there’s also been a decline in some industries. That means if you are a virtual office user trying to find freelance or telecommuting work in these industries, it’s getting tougher:
- Internet & E-commerce (38.14% decrease)
- Bus Development (18.70% decrease)
- Nonprofit & Philanthropy (16.97% decrease)
- Education & Training (13.79% decrease)
- Insurance (12.29% decrease)
"We are surprised to see e-commerce jobs go down," says Fell. "It will be interesting to see if those available positions pick up again this month in preparation for holiday online shopping."
You can learn more about medical office jobs in this YouTube video: