The COVID-19 pandemic changed the world in 2020. With the government-mandated shutdowns and the public response to the crisis, many companies were hit hard, while others saw a surge in demand. Jobs that were once prestigious became redundant, while others became essential. But one trend is clear: technology has changed the way businesses operate, and there is no turning back.
Not only have companies come to rely more than ever before on technology, they also realize their employees are just as effective working online as working offline. Many jobs—especially tech jobs—can be performed remotely with good or better results. Corporate management is embracing remote work not only because it is good for the employees, it’s good for the bottom line. Remote careers are here to stay and grow every day. An article posted on The Interview Guys  calls it
the rise of the remote work revolution.
Looking ahead to 2021 and beyond, every indicator points to a surge in demand for technology workers with training and skills in key areas. We’ll explore just a few of the tech careers in growing demand across virtually every industry on the planet.
Working Remote Is Real Work
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Despite the bad rap WFH jobs once had, real remote jobs for real companies do exist. An article on FlexJobs.com  ran a list of statistics about the real story of legitimate remote work:
- Telecommuters save 260 hours by not having a daily commute.
- 4.4 percent of people in the United States are working from home.
- 34 million workers telecommute occasionally.
- 31 percent of full-time employees do most of their work away from the office.
- 24 percent of workers telecommute some hours each week.
- 38 percent of employers allow some of their workers to telecommute on a regular basis.
- 53 percent of telecommuters work more than 40 hours a week, while only 28 percent of office-based workers do.
No matter what you call it—telecommuting, working from home, or remote work—genuine jobs for legitimate companies exist, and they are on the rise.
A host of major companies have switched to remote work long term for many if not all their technical workers, including these names you might recognize: Adobe, Aetna, Amazon, Ancestry.com, Capital One, FaceBook, Mastercard, and Microsoft. Where these industry giants lead, others will follow.
Highest Demand Remote Tech Jobs
Search the internet for the best remote tech jobs in the market today and in the immediate future, you will get dozens of lists. Job titles and salary ranges vary from list to list, but when you compile and distill them down, these are the remote jobs in the I/T sector that appear to be in high demand:
Software Engineer (including Java Developer and Python Developer) – Design, develop, implement and maintain programs, components, and services that support websites and databases.
Web Developer/Engineer – Design, develop, implement and manage all visual elements of a website.
Technical Support Engineer – Troubleshoot problems with hardware and software, including desktop applications, web sites, and mobile apps. Repair computers, install software applications, and resolve user questions.
Information Security Specialist – Use best practices of information system security, including malware detection, device hardening, network security, access control, risk assessment, cryptography, and social engineering.
Database Administrator – Install and configure databases. Design high-performance databases to store and retrieve a company’s mission-critical information. Use the SQL programming language to access and update tables and records.
DevOps Engineer – Package and deploy applications, configure and manage cloud services, and manage source code libraries. Support Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) models of software development
Computer Network Architect/Engineer – Design and configure computer networks. Troubleshoot problems with network hardware and software. Establish security protocols to protect network and system integrity.
Cloud Engineer – Implement cloud computing, data storage and networking, security and disaster recovery. Set up firewalls and use dashboards to determine the health of the cloud resources. Plan and execute the migration of legacy server systems to a cloud platform.
These high-demand jobs cut across virtually every industry, and they can all be performed remotely. More than jobs, these are careers in the fast-paced technology sector, and the job market is wide open for people with the right skills.
Highest Paid Remote Tech Jobs
Setting your sights on a career that is not only in demand with an excellent future but also pays the bills is a wise strategy. This Top-10 list of remote tech jobs with the highest potential salary comes from an article published by The Channel Company on CRN.com . You’ll notice many of the same careers as described above, only sorted from lowest to highest median salary for senior-level people.
- Lead Software Developer ($130K)
- Data Security Analyst ($134K)
- Mobile App Developer ($135K)
- Security Architect ($136K)
- Application Architect ($145K)
- Data Architect ($145K)
- Network/Cloud Architect ($146K)
- Artificial Intelligence Architect ($148K)
- Information Systems Security Manager ($149K)
- Big Data Engineer ($166K)
If you are looking to break into one of these lucrative careers, don’t expect to pull down a senior-level salary for an entry-level position. Starting salaries generally run lower by 30% to 40%. Nevertheless, remote tech jobs stand out as both profitable and accessible career options. Visit RemoteMode’s Career Paths page to get more details about the skills, duties, and current salary ranges for these and other remote jobs.
Remote work is no longer a “perk”, it is the undeniable future for technology jobs. An astounding 69% of employers allow employees to work off site at least part of the time. You can be a part of this growing cadre of remote workers.
A RemoteMode training program can prepare you for these and other remote tech careers. You don’t need a college degree to qualify for these jobs, but you need skills, a little experience, a professional resume, and job-hunting savvy. RemoteMode’s training courses, internships, mentors and career advisors can get you into a remote tech career in just a few months, learning online at your own pace. Contact a RemoteMode career advisor today to start your journey into the future of remote tech jobs.
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