Forbes has published a new article, “The Best-paying Jobs You Can Do From Anywhere,” pointing out that jobs in the future won’t look too much like jobs today — specifically, work will be less about going to an office 9 to 5, and more about doing your job from wherever you happen to be, even if it’s hundreds or thousands of miles away from corporate headquarters.
More companies are ramping up their hiring of anywhere workers who don’t need to come into or even be near the corporate office… businesses like American Express, Amazon, United Health and Aetna are some of many realizing that hiring more virtual workers gives them access to millions of potential candidates rather than the hundred or so within a 50-mile radius. It also saves businesses on commercial real estate costs and reduces turnover, as workers become ironically loyal when offered their freedom.
For veterans, this isn’t anything new — servicemembers are used to working in a wide range of conditions, in a multitude of locations — and if anything, military-trained folks have more experience leading and managing from a distance than civilian workers. Below is the list that Forbes has come up with for the highest-paying “virtual” jobs that are currently out there (and you might get a chuckle or two from some of the occupations — hey, a job’s a job, right?):
Teleradiologists: It’s a specialized field, but a lucrative one — teleradiologists view digitally transmitted patient images and confer with the doctors via videoconferencing, to the tune of $100,000 annual salary (and up to $400,000 year based on your experience and hours worked).
Telepharmacists: Estimated to earn a median salry of $105,000 working for a retailer and $118,000 working for a hospital.
Telenurses: Advise patients over the phone, and make close to the median salary of standard registered nurses ($65,000).
Medical transcriptionists: It may not sound like the most thrilling job (basically writing transcripts based on doctor’s voice recodings), but it can be done remotely and earns a median salary of $33,000 a year.
Online college and post-graduate teachers: Online teachers are in high demand with the growth of distance learning programs — as long as you have teaching credentials and a webcam, you can earn around $60,000 a year from anywhere.
Translators: As our small world gets smaller, the need to translate between languages is greater than ever, from everything from foreign comics to business and marketing documents. Translators earn a median salary of $43,000.
Phone sex operators: You won’t necessarily find this on the Department of Labor employment guide, but according to Forbes’ research, PSOs can make between $240 and $1,200 a week, depending on the rates and agreement, but independent PSOs might charge $3 to $100 a minute, which can get you an annual six-figure salary.
Technical writers: Not surprising given our tech-oriented industry, technical writers are in high demand, and with technical writing certification classes everywhere, it’s not too hard to get up to speed. According to salary.com, an entry-level technical writer makes $46,000 a year.
Virtual tax preparers: Yeah, things get a little hairy around April 15, but helping folks with their tax preparation is actually a year-round gig. An entry-level tax accountant makes about $48,000 annually.
Customer service representatives: Yep, it’s the dreaded customer service operator gig that you see parodied in dozens of movies. But at least it’s the kind of job where you’re left alone most of the day, and salary starts at $30,000 annually.