Military Spouses Can Benefit From Virtual Office Jobs

BOULDER—American celebrated Independence Day on Wednesday and appreciated members of our Armed Forces. But what about military spouses that want to make a little extra money for the family? Virtual office jobs may be the solution for many.

"We travel a lot and the future of where we will be stationed for a long period of time is unsure. This makes it extremely difficult to get going into a career, and to build a reputation within a company,” says Monica Clark, an "army wife" stationed in California. “When looking for a job, there are so many scammers out there, that the internet can be a frightening place for job searching.”

Telecommuting from a virtual office can be an ideal solution for military spouses, as well as many others.  FlexJobs’ Flexible Jobs Index for June 2012 details the top career fields with flexibility, which are ideal for military spouses who often move around the country. All of the virtual office jobs have been hand-verified--no scams.

According to the Flexible Jobs Index, career categories like research, writing, and media had the biggest increases in open jobs, and medical and health continue to offer the largest number of flexible jobs for military spouses looking for virtual office opportunities.

“Just like they are serving their husbands and wives, military spouses sacrifice a great deal for our country. Among these sacrifices, not knowing when or where you and your family may have to move next makes it difficult to maintain a job,” says Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. “Jobs that offer flexibility and mobility, such as telecommuting and remote jobs, are a fantastic solution because military spouses can move their job with them, and telecommuting jobs are available in almost every career industry nowadays."

Here are the top five employment categories with the highest percentage of available virtual office jobs for June were:

1. Medical & Health
2. Administrative
3. Education & Training
4. Customer Service
5. Sales

According to the Flexible Jobs Index, examples of telecommuting jobs in these categories include sales coordinator, English adjunct teacher, content developer, Linux administrator, account executive, market strategy consultant and general manager.

“Telecommuting is no longer a ‘trend’, but rather more common place than ever,” says Fell. “This is fantastic news for the spouses of those that serve our country and want to be able to contribute financially to their family without continual job changes.”


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