Searching for a job during an economically challenging time can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack or if you're in my house, the last clean, matching sock.
In seemingly uncertain times, it can be tempting to look away and let fear set in. However, it's just as easy to take action and march forward.
Someone once said that a recession is really “just an opportunity hiding in wolf's clothing.” Based on this observation, you don't need to look far to see that opportunities exist if you're willing to think outside the box.
Here's are some common work-from-home jobs and occupations that tend to be recession-proof and hiring during trying times.
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Work-From-Home Jobs in Education
Remote jobs in the field of education are in high demand. These recession-proof virtual teaching positions are perfect as they offer students of all ages and abilities to learn from the comfort of home.
Here are some of the best work-from-home opportunities for teachers, tutors, and ESL educators alike.
Connections Academy offers an online learning platform through virtual public schools in a variety of states across the country. You'll need a Bachelor's degree and an active state teaching license or certification to qualify.
K12 is another online learning space for public schools that is free for students. There are quite a few K-12 teaching positions available in a variety of areas. K-12 offers a competitive salary for teachers and other staff, as well as a comprehensive benefits package.
Edmentum requires it's teachers to have an active teaching certification. Teaching positions vary and may be more plentiful as the academic year begins or ends. Keep checking in as Edmentum also offers a variety of remote jobs outside of teaching.
2. Online Tutoring Jobs
Tutor.com offers virtual tutoring services 24 hours a day, seven days a week! To become a tutor, you'll need to fill out an application and pass an extensive screening test. You must be able to work a minimum of five hours per week, and rates are based on the subject matter and the number of subjects you teach.
As a Chegg tutor, you'll work with a variety of age groups from K-12 students, college students, and professionals within an array of disciplines. Chegg tutors have a flexible schedule and can earn as much as $20 per hour.
VIPKID hires individuals to teach English to children in China through an online learning platform. Lesson plans are provided to teachers, and the pay is $15-$22 per hour. You'll need to have a Bachelor's degree and some sort of experience with children (teaching, tutoring, mentoring, coaching, or volunteering).
EF hires part-time ESL teachers from the US and the UK. Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree and have teaching or related experience. With this opportunity, you can earn up to $20 per hour through a combo of base fees and incentives.
Work-From-Home Healthcare Positions
Want to provide the best possible care to others without leaving home? From nursing and mental health care to physicians, pharmacists, or medical billing and coding, if you love this field but don't love the commute, check out these possibilities.
Telephonic Case Manager
As a case manager, you will oversee individual patient care plans and ensure that they are provided with appropriate resources, referrals, and overall care.
Here are a few companies that hire remote case managers:
- CVS Health
Online Nursing Faculty
Teaching online nursing classes is a way to continue your reach in the medical field by helping train others. To teach this type of coursework, you'll need to have an advanced degree, either an MSN or Ph.D.
The following companies hire work-at-home nursing educators:
- Chamberlain University
- Excelsior College
- Galen College of Nursing
- Western Governors University
While many remote nursing positions require an RN, several companies require an LPN or LVN. Check out job listings to expand your search.
Medical Science Liaison
As a medical science liaison, you'll oversee scientific studies and clinical data for medications and treatments as individual companies test them. This role is for physicians, pharmacists, and medical practitioners, as not all of the jobs require a doctorate.
You can start your search for a medical liaison position here:
- Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Telemedicine Physician or Psychiatrist
In this role, you'll assess patients and prescribe treatments based on patient symptoms.
Virtual medicine isn't just for physical illness. Psychiatrists can meet virtually with patients and offer services for mental health as well.
Sound like a good fit? To apply, visit:
- Doctor On Demand
Screening and Verification Pharmacists
These pharmacists examine prescription orders for accuracy and ensure that they are safe, depending on individual patient needs.
Check out these companies for remote positions:
- Express Scripts
As a telecommuting pharmacist, you'll manage all aspects of prescription orders and dosage, as well as give care to patients virtually.
To explore remote telepharmacy opportunities, visit:
- Encompass Health
Remote medical coding and billing positions continue to be in high demand. To work as a medical coder and biller, you'll need to have a professional coding certification, which can be completed online in as little as four months with CareerStep.
Here are some companies that hire medical coders and billers:
- Change Healthcare
- Conifer Health Solutions
- CSI Companies
With an increase in the need for remote conferencing and other instant messaging platforms, positions are widely becoming available in the field of remote tech work.
These tech companies are hiring for a variety of positions.
Yes, you can work for #TeamApple! The same people who brought you the iPad, iPod, and everything “i” are currently hiring tech support specialists, also known as “At-Home Advisors.” Check out Apple's flexible, remote jobs often, as they are frequently updated.
Slack is an instant messaging platform that helps make communication more effective between teams. Jobs offered range from software engineers to customer service.
Support.com is a technical support company that hires virtual tech support agents. Job availability varies from remote managerial positions to support-based positions. Benefits include paid training and work from home reimbursement for all hourly employees.
Zoom is a video conferencing platform that is currently hiring for a variety of positions, from customer care and sales to platform engineering and compliance.
As long as companies sell products, there will be a need for customer service. From disaster relief to online retailers, insurance, and more, work-from-home customer service employees are in continuous need.
Here are some possible places to look for remote customer service positions:
Working Solutions hires at-home call agents to help customers with their overall experience. Call agents with Working Solutions are hired as independent contractors and have full control over their schedules.
As a virtual receptionist with Vicky Virtual, you'll handle calls for small businesses that hire you to provide exceptional customer service to their clients by booking appointments and answering questions.
ModSquad mods provide customer service via live chat, as well as other digital services. Positions come with extensive benefits.
Essential Jobs Outside the Home
In times of crisis, you may need to work outside of the home. Here are some jobs that, while outside of the house, may offer you some flexibility:
10. Delivery Drivers
From Amazon and UPS to grocery delivery jobs (many grocery stores offer their own delivery options now), there are many options for individuals interested in driving.
11. Warehouse Workers
Check out sites like Indeed for these jobs or contact the store you would like to work for directly. These jobs tend to offer unconventional working hours, allowing anyone who needs to split childcare duty or any other life circumstances, to earn an income.
12. Grocery Store Clerks
Whether you're recently unemployed or are looking to change the landscape of your current work-life situation, there are many remote job opportunities available that will continue to thrive even amid a recession.
Opportunities in the work-from-home arena are plentiful. With many remote jobs able to withstand the strain of a recession, you'll be able to build a new career that can provide a long-lasting cushion.
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Courtney Stich is a prior educator turned writer, blogger, and Pinterest fanatic! She's the founder of the site, The Running Mama — a website dedicated to helping mamas with everything from playtime with the kiddos to downtime for the mama, (all rolled up with a little bit of running here and there). Courtney holds a BA in English Literature and a Master's Degree (M.S ED) in Technology and Design. Courtney has written several articles and content both as a ghostwriter and within online publications such as Fractus Learning! She also creates copywriting content for a variety of clientele on Copify. Aside from her love of writing, she manages, designs, and creates content for a variety of Pinterest business accounts on the Pinterest platform. Courtney is a mama to three beautiful kiddos and a wife to one amazingly supportive, loving hubby.
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