BOULDER, CO. – Healthcare, computer and IT continue to be the most promising career fields for remote-friendly jobs, while the education industry has also enjoyed sustained growth in its remote job opportunities, a new report contends.

FlexJobs released its 7th annual list of the Top 100 Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs in 2020. Remote jobs are also known as telecommuting jobs, virtual jobs, and work-from-home jobs. Overall, the number of people telecommuting in the U.S. has increased 159% since 2005.

Sales and customer service remain strong prospects for remote jobs, with virtual assistants, in particular, seeing higher demand. Remote work is also being more widely adopted across the fields of business, accounting, and finance.

Seven fast-growing remote career categories are Art & Creative, Bookkeeping, Internet & Ecommerce, K-12, Graphic Design, Translation, and Math & Economics. While a wide variety of jobs can be done from home, some of the most popular remote job titles include accountant, customer service representative, nurse, project manager, recruiter, teacher, web developer, and writer. 

“The most notable change we’ve seen over the past year is not so much the growth in the sheer volume of remote job listings, but the growth in the variety of remote job titles these companies are seeking to hire,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs.

“Companies are expanding the range of professional positions they’re allowing to work from home. It’s important to keep in mind that this list represents the jobs that are only formally reported and advertised as remote. I believe the true scope of remote work is much larger, with informal and ad hoc work-from-home arrangements increasingly common. Of course, all of this is ultimately fantastic news for remote job seekers across all career fields and levels,” Sutton concluded.

Appen earned the number one spot on the 2020 Top 100 list, with companies such as Williams-Sonoma and Kelly Services among the top ten companies with the highest number of remote jobs posted in 2019. Some, such as Achieve Test Prep and World Travel Holdings are newcomers to FlexJobs’ annual Top 100 list, while others, such as Hilton, Sodexo, and VMware were also on last year’s list.

Dell, SAP, and UnitedHealth Group are among the twenty that have been featured on the list since 2014, showing a sustained commitment to including remote work in their standard business practices. These companies are headquartered across nine different countries, demonstrating a global acceptance and adoption of remote work. 

Based on this list, the top six career fields hiring for remote jobs are:

1. Medical & Health 
2. Computer & IT 
3. Customer Service 
4. Education & Training 
5. Sales 
6. Accounting & Finance 

Remote work brings very real benefits to both employers and workers.  While the average person can save about $4,000 a year by working from home, employers experience a wide range of benefits from remote work as well.  Cost savings, access to a greater talent pool, stronger retention rates, and higher productivity are a few of the compelling reasons companies are strategically integrating remote workers into their workforce.

To view the entire 2020 Top 100 Companies for Remote Jobs list, please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/100-top-companies-with-remote-jobs-2020/

This list is based on an analysis of over 54,000 companies and their remote job posting histories in the FlexJobs database between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. These 100 companies had the highest number of remote job openings throughout 2019. A “remote job” is defined as a professional-level job that allows the worker to work from home either entirely or part of the time.