NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The online job search site FlexJobs published a list last week of the top "in-demand" flexible jobs in the U.S. At the top of that list:
2. Data entry
5. Java developer
7. Project manager
10. Customer service
The hot spots for flex job or telecommuting work include New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Denver, Cleveland, and Providence, R.I., according to the Boulder, Colo.-based FlexJobs. It compiled the list, published in its monthly Flexible Jobs Index, by using an extensive keyword search by job-seekers last year seeking either a job that allowed telecommuting or flexible-hours.
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"It's interesting to see that the positions job-seekers are searching for are also generally compatible with the types of flexible positions that are the most abundant," says Sara Sutton Fell, the company's chief executive.
"With advances in technology and the way we communicate, it is becoming much easier for all different types of industries to offer flexible work arrangements such as telecommuting options," Fell says. "The days when people worked exclusively from their desk in an office setting are already a thing of the past, as most professionals check email, make calls and access documents from mobile devices or personal computers."
The surge in flex-time and telecommuting work could mean big changes for the workplace. The company says flexible work posts have risen 25% on Web searches in the past year, with opportunity for further growth this year as more workers insist on it.
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Baby boomers may be doing much of the insisting. According to the 2013 Retirement Confidence Survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 69% of career professionals want to work past their retirement age.
How to get in on the action?
Focus on going to where the demand is biggest. Use online job search sites such as FlexJobs (note that it can cost up to $49.95 per year for access) and RetirementJobs.com to find listings.
Also, know you may have to specialize for popular careers such as nursing and copywriting. That means more training in those professions, and more networking with professional already in those industries.
It will also help to consider taking part-time work to prove you're an employee a company can't live without. For example, if you're angling for an accounting job, take part-time work in the busy December-to-April busy season for taxes to prove your mettle.
— By Brian O'Connell