A relatively short time ago, it would have been impossible to do many tech jobs on an all-remote basis—you would’ve needed too much computing power to crunch data, analyze networks, and more. But the rise of the cloud, along with the emergence of ever-more-powerful PCs, has enabled many technologists to work from anywhere, anytime.
The latest edition of CompTIA’s monthly job report underscores the incredibly wide range of work-from-home positions, with notable increases in the number of remote-job postings for professions such as software developers, user support specialists, web developers, systems analysts, and many more. Here’s the full chart:
While modern tech gives workers incredible versatility when it comes to remote work, remember that, unless you’re an independent contractor or freelancer, you’re often part of a team: In addition to your technical skills, you must also communicate frequently with your co-workers in order to ensure that projects run smoothly. Other “soft skills” such as empathy are likewise key when you’re working remotely, as video calls and emails can sometimes prove limiting when it comes to accurately communicating your intentions.
Which technical skills are most in-demand for remote positions? For an answer, we can turn to Emsi Burning Glass, which analyzes millions of job postings from across the country. According to their data, here are the skills most requested as part of all-remote tech job postings in 2021:
Also, keep in mind that all-remote project managers have remained in strong demand throughout 2021, and that will likely continue into next year. When everyone on a team is working either remotely or on a hybrid schedule (i.e., some days in the office, some days at home), it’s easy for team members to slip out of sync with one another. With remote management (and remote work in general), overcommunication is a potential lifesaver, and collaboration tools such as Slack and Teams will facilitate frequent check-ins and updates.
If you’re interested in a remote job, also remember to emphasize those aforementioned communication skills and how you’ve managed your projects and workflow in the past while working remotely. That will help ease any recruiter or hiring-manager concerns over your potential performance while working from home.