Healthcare Among Top Industries for Telecommuting Job Growth

Top Healthcare Companies to Watch for Telecommuting Jobs in 2016

Many healthcare employers offer telecommute work options
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Healthcare is one of the top seven industries for telecommuting jobs in 2016, according to a recent analysis by 

Among the top seven industries, healthcare ranked in second place as the industry most likely to offer the greatest volume telecommuting career opportunities in 2016. Additionally, identified several healthcare companies which are expected to grow their telecommuting workforce in 2016.

The top company is UnitedHealth Group, followed by Aetna and Cigna - all three of which are in the health insurance sector, primarily.

“These companies clearly understand that integrating telecommuters into their workforce is a smart business strategy," said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “Remote working is on the rise, and this acceleration is great news for anyone wishing to trade the office for a telecommuting job.”

Information technology, sales, administrative, customer service, education/training, and marketing were the other sectors projected for high growth in telecommuting jobs.

Job titles including writer, engineer, marketing manager, healthcare consultant, case manager, development director, recruiter, sales representative, account executive, IT analyst, clinical research associate, project manager, and interpreter / translator are some of the most commonly found when searching for telecommuting career options.​

The complete list of 100 companies to watch for telecommuting jobs in 2016 can be found on the FlexJobs website.

Since 2005 there has been a 103 percent growth in the number of telecommuters in the United States. People who telecommuted in both 2014 and 2015 said that they telecommuted 22 percent more in 2015, according to a recent FlexJobs survey.

5 Notable Flex Work Statistics from 2015

FlexJobs also conducted a study that reveals five interesting statistics about the growth of telecommuting jobs, including work-from-home medical jobs, in recent years:

1. Occasional telecommuting is on the rise.

With major advances in technology over the past decade, the increase of people telecommuting, at least on an occasional basis, has grown with more professionals telecommuting than ever before. Results from​ ​Gallup’s annual Work and Education poll show that the average professional will telecommute roughly two days per month.

This 'occasional telecommuting' has increased 30 percent over the past decade, with 9 percent of professionals occasionally telecommuting in 1995, compared to 37 percent doing so in 2015. Additionally, ​​according to a FlexJobs survey, of those who telecommuted in 2014, 22 percent telecommuted more this year than last year.

2. At-home employees continue to increase steadily.

Consistent with the reported rise in occasional telecommuting, numbers of at-home employees and remote workers also continue to increase. analyzed work-at-home population data since 2005, and reports a 103 percent growth in telecommuting, with a 6.5 percent increase in 2014 alone.

This is the largest year over year increase in telework since the recession. A key reason for telecommuting’s popularity is the increased productivity of workers at home. A full 76 percent of people surveyed by FlexJobs said that when they need to get important work done, they avoid the office.

3. Organizations aren’t monitoring their ROI when it comes to flexible work.

Although a majority (89 percent) of organizations support workplace flexibility per a​ FlexJobs and World at Work study, 64 percent of companies don’t have formal policies around these programs and only 3 percent of organizations measure performance, engagement, and productivity to quantify ROI.

These findings, in particular, highlight the opportunity on the company side for employers to create more formal policies that will attract and retain top-talent.

4. Millennials are now the largest generation in the workforce.

What does this mean for flexible work? With baby boomers coming into retirement age, younger generations are starting to voice and dictate how work will be performed. In 2015, according to a​ Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, millennials surpassed generation X to become the largest share of a generation in the workforce. For those still actively participating in the workforce, this means the approach to work, work habits, company culture, and information sharing will shift. According to another survey by FlexJobs, 85 percent of millennials would prefer to telecommute full-time and seek flexible work options for more work-life balance.

5. People want flexibility in their work for health reasons.

Health benefits and exercise are growing in popularity as a reason for wanting flexible work. According to a FlexJobs survey, 32 percent of respondents in 2015 said that flexible work would impact their health in a positive manner compared to 29 percent in 2013. In regards to exercise, 29 percent of respondents in 2015 would like flexible work for more time to exercise compared to 20 percent in 2013. Work-life balance remains the number one reason people seek flexible jobs, up 9 percent from 2014.