Job openings that offer some type of job flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or flexible schedules, were highest for Business Development, Non-profit and Philanthropy, Account Management, Medical & Health, and Data-entry positions, says the report by FlexJobs. 2012 has been a big year, in general, for telecommuting jobs.
Medical & Health reclaimed the top position as the career field with the highest percentage of flexible job openings, a position it held for the majority of 2011 (9 of the 12 months). Following Medical & Health with the next highest number of flexible job openings were Administrative, Education & Training, Computer & IT, and Sales, respectively.
“It’s exciting to see more and more telecommuting, freelance, part-time and flexible schedule jobs being offered in wide range of careers. There are many, many studies that have been concluding the overall benefits for companies to offer jobs that provide work flexibility for their staff, such as cost savings, increased productivity, and overall happier and less stressed employees,” said Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of FlexJobs.
Career fields which saw the largest declines in available positions in 2011 were Graphic Design, Bilingual, Web & Software Development, Art & Creative, and Customer Service.
The ongoing Flexible Job Index report demonstrates the growing depth and variety in the employment market for telecommuting, part-time, and other flexible jobs, and provides reliable data on top career fields that offer work flexibility.