It's no secret that the modern workforce has a growing desire to work outside the office. Recent surveys show that as many as 58% to 68% of U.S. employees prefer remote work over in-person work. In addition, nearly 40% say they would prefer a mix of remote and in-office work, also known as hybrid work.
Whether switching jobs for greater pay or looking for something more fulfilling, employees who lean toward a home office may have more success in certain industries. An analysis of tens of thousands of postings by jobs listing database FlexJobs and workforce development company PAIRIN identified the top careers for employees looking for hybrid work, as well as the skills needed to be successful in that environment.
Sales and project management among top 10 careers with hybrid job listings
FlexJobs defines a hybrid job as one that can include a number of different setups, from working mostly remote to working most days in-office. From over 50 career categories in their database, their analysis identified the 10 categories for most hybrid job postings year-to-date:
- Project management
- Computer & IT
- Medical & health
- Accounting & finance
- Education & training
- Customer service
- HR & recruiting
With the majority of the workforce considering a career change, this analysis provides further timely insights. Many of the career categories, for example, utilized soft skills that can translate between in-person and remote employee interactions. PAIRIN identified soft skills like social awareness, conflict and relationship management and accountability as key characteristics of the successful hybrid worker.
Employers are considering more hybrid options
In a previous report, 39% of small businesses said they would refuse to allow remote work, but they may be bucking the overall trend. Given that hybrid work setups could boost productivity, the majority of employers are considering a shift toward the arrangements that workers want.
Here's what FlexJobs points out:
- 39% of workers say their ideal work arrangement post-pandemic would be hybrid
- 66% of employers are considering a workplace redesign that would accommodate hybrid work
- A hybrid workforce could boost productivity by 4.6%
In a separate survey, FlexJobs found that 17% of employees say they would quit their job if there were no remote work options (of any kind) on offer — and nearly a quarter would take a pay cut of 10% to 20% to keep the option — so companies looking to retain their employees during the "Great Resignation" may need to identify ways to adapt to the changing preferences of the workforce.
Methodology: FlexJobs analyzed tens of thousands of hybrid job postings across over 50 career categories in their database. It then identified the top 10 career categories that had the most hybrid job postings between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2021. Study partner PAIRIN identified the skills most critical for jobs in those categories by utilizing its essential skills survey results mapping to ONET skills and occupation data.*