As job market strengthens, more job seekers willing to quit their jobs to find flexible work
With the unemployment rate at a 17-year low of 4.1% and an increasingly tight labor market, job seekers are strongly positioned for successful job searches as 2018 approaches. By comparing the most recent data on the fastest-growing occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to the jobs in its own database, FlexJobs has determined which quickly-growing jobs also come with flexible work options, such as a telecommuting arrangement, a flexible or part-time schedule, or freelance work.
“With hiring practices steadier in the U.S. throughout 2017, workers are becoming more confident in their employment options, and ready to take advantage of a stronger job market to find a flexible job that better suits their lives,” said Sara Sutton Fell, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “In fact, the number of people who say they’ve quit a job due to lack of flexibility has nearly doubled from 17% in 2014 to 32% in 2017, indicating just how important work flexibility has become to job seekers across all generations and demographics.”
Ordered from highest to lowest, occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2016-26 that also offer flexible work options are below. Each occupation is projected to grow at least 25%. The 2016 median salary information is also included.
- Physician assistants ($101,480)
- Nurse practitioners ($100,910)
- Physical therapist assistants ($56,610)
- Software developers, applications ($100,080)
- Mathematicians ($105,810)
- Medical assistants ($31,540)
- Occupational therapy assistants ($59,010)
- Information security analysts ($92,600)
- Genetic counselors ($74,120)
- Operations research analysts ($79,200)
- Health specialties teachers, postsecondary ($99,360)
To help guide flexible job seekers in their 2018 job search, FlexJobs recommends three main steps they can take to quit an inflexible job to find a more flexible work arrangement.
1. Educate themselves on flexible work options: Many don’t realize just how many flexible work options are available across industries and career levels, or how many flexible and remote jobs are currently offered by employers. FlexJobs saw a 17% increase in the number of flexible jobs posted in its database between Sept 2016 and Oct 2017.
2. Identify the prefered type(s) of flexible work options:
Remote jobs (work from home either some or all of the time)
Flexible schedule jobs (some control over your daily schedule)
Part-time jobs (career-level, professional jobs that offer part-time hours)
Freelance jobs (project-based and consulting-type jobs where you are self-employed and work with one or more clients at a time)
3. Refine flexible work application materials: FlexJobs recommends key tactics for writing resumes and cover letters when applying for flexible jobs. Resources include
Video: how to craft resumes and cover letters for flexible jobs.
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