10 Work-at-Home Jobs in the Health Care Industry

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You don’t typically think of health care as a telecommute-friendly industry. After all, health care workers need to be on site at local medical facilities, right? Yes, mostly. But there are gigs in this booming field that can be done from the comfort of your home office.

FlexJobs looked at more than 30,000 companies and their histories of job posts last year. They find that medical and health is the leading career field for jobs that let people work from home. The company said it saw a 26percentrise in the number of telecommuting jobs posted in the past year.

Earlier this year, FlexJobs unveiled this year’s top 100 companies likely to hire for remote jobs. About one quarter of those jobs were for companies in the health care arena.

“Half of American workers hold a job compatible with telework and the majority of U.S. workers say they want to work at home at least part time, but some industries, like health care, have adapted more quickly to telecommuting than others,” said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “By using telecommuting as an increasingly bigger part of their recruiting strategy, healthcare companies are able to expand their pool of quality candidates while also saving on overhead costs.”

Jessica Aguilar, director of talent acquisition at Anthem noted that 34percentof her workforce works remotely.

“Our work at home associates support various areas of our business and value the opportunity to telecommute as a benefit of working at Anthem,” she said. UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Humana, CIGNA and CVS Caremark are just a few others hiring remote employees.

Where the jobs are

What are these amazing health care jobs that let you work flexibly? FlexJobs identified these as the 10 most common telecommuting jobs available in the health care industry:

  • Healthcare information specialist
  • Medical coder
  • Research scientist
  • Pharmaceutical representative
  • Nurse case manager
  • Medical director
  • Clinical program manager
  • Insurance representative
  • Patient advocate
  • Medical transcriptionist

Still dream of donning a white coat and going to work in a hospital or private office every day? Good news there, too—the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the industry will need 123,300 new doctors by 2022.

Kristen Fischer is a writer living at the Jersey Shore. Her latest book is When Talent Isn’t Enough: Business Basics for the Creatively Inclined. She is also the author of Ramen Noodles, Rent and Resumes: An After-College Guide to Life.

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