While most people have become so accustomed to commuting daily for work, working from home represents a dream come true to some of us.

An at-home job may mean more productive time in a flexible manner. There's no traffic or time spent commuting, and most importantly, in many cases, you work wearing the dress of your choice, including pajamas. We can go on and on to list the many advantages of working from home, but there are also downsides of having an at-home job.

Working from home is a lot easier nowadays, and this has lured many major companies into hiring remote workers, thanks to the ever-growing technology that fund remote tools. A 2015 statistics report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that at last 24% of the U.S. employees perform part of their duties or work from home. At-home jobs are not available with the same frequency in all states, however. But workers in these three in-demand jobs are scarce and wanted by many offices.

Journalist

Before now, most work-from-home writers were freelancers that earn from working for a pool of employers or professional writers who command heavy amounts for assignments. A new class of jobs has emerged in the current market. There's an explosion of remote journalism positions now in numerous online-only companies or media outlets that hire staff journalists who work from home.

One can find work-from-home positions on Job site indeed.com and Inc research which has some 22,000 employees. Female-focused site Bustle also has work-from-home writers to mention just a few. Some of these positions offer normal employment benefits and other perks aside from salaries, which is unlike the past freelance jobs.

Customer service

Many companies placed their customer service operations overseas in the past. That trend has become obsolete; big brands are bringing their call centers back home without actually ditching the idea of hiring overseas staff to cut down operational cost. The employees work remotely to still get the job done.

Amazon has included work-from-home or virtual positions in many states to become one of the leaders in telework. They include seasonal and permanent positions. As of early this week, Amazon has about 200 openings on its hiring page, with hourly pay starting at $10 for basic customer service positions. However, the online retail company is only used as an example and not the only firm that requires the services of virtual customer service workers.

Programmer/developer

"The current supply of programmers and developers is not capable of meeting the high demand," says a group of Stanford researchers. That's completely a reality. The major requirement here is the skill, not even a degree or level of previous work. Programmers and developers are known to hold all cards due to the fat hourly wages they command. Skilled backend developers enjoy significant perks aside from earning six-figure salaries. And front-end developers that use HTML and CSS also run the gamut when it comes to salaries.

Even if you don't have the required skill, there's good news: it's possible to get them relatively quick. Code boot camps are programs designed to teach basic programming skills under short-term. It may also interest you to know that the programming field is also where most big earners don't have degrees. In most cases, employers only require you to prove you can write the code.

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  1. Denise Hilton

    They’re good option but they are also specialized fields that only experts can take advantage of. There should be other work from home options for general public too.

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