A relatively short time ago, it would have been impossible to do a lot of technical work remotely – you would have needed too much computing power to process data, analyze networks, etc. 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 Jobs Report highlights the incredibly wide range of work-from-home positions, with a notable increase in the number of remote job openings for professions such as software developers, specialists user support, web developers, systems analysts and many more. Here is the full table:
While modern technology offers workers incredible versatility when it comes to working remotely, 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 colleagues to ensure the smooth running of projects. Other “soft skills” such as empathy are also essential when working remotely, as video calls and emails can sometimes be limiting when it comes to accurately communicating your intentions.
What technical skills are most in demand for remote roles? For an answer, we can turn to Emsi Burning Glass, which analyzes millions of job postings across the country. Based on their data, here are the most in-demand skills for all-remote tech jobs in 2021:
Also keep in mind that fully remote project managers remained in high demand throughout 2021, and that will likely continue into next year. When everyone on a team is working remotely or on a hybrid schedule (e.g. some days in the office, some days at home), it’s easy for team members to get out of sync with each other . With remote management (and remote work in general), overcommunication is a potential lifesaver, and collaboration tools like Slack and Teams will make frequent check-ins and updates easier.
If you’re interested in working remotely, don’t forget to also emphasize the aforementioned communication skills and how you’ve managed your projects and workflow in the past while working remotely. This will help allay any recruiter or hiring manager’s concerns about your potential performance while working from home.