Smart & Connected Life Working From Home 53 53 people found this article helpful Best Jobs for Telecommuting Working remotely can be a well-paying option by Melanie Pinola Writer Former Lifewire writer Melanie Pinola has 5+ years' experience writing about consumer-oriented technology and is an expert telecommuter. our editorial process Melanie Pinola Updated on November 25, 2019 Jetta Productions / Getty Images Working From Home The Ultimate Guide to Shopping Online The Ultimate Guide to Online Learning at Home The Ultimate Guide to Skype Tweet Share Email A great many jobs can be done from home, thanks to more job tasks being able to be done online. You might be surprised by the kinds of jobs that are best suited for telecommuting or remote work: They vary greatly, from engineering to writing to brokering stocks. Work Activities That Cannot Be Done From Home First, let's talk about the jobs that can't be done remotely—jobs that require your in-person presence at the office or another specific location. Each company evaluates which positions are eligible for telework on a case-by-case basis (according to the employee's tasks, position, and work history), but there are some types of job activities that do not lend themselves to being performed remotely. Here are some of the activities the Office of Personnel Management lists in their Telework Guide as eliminating the telework eligibility for employees in the Federal government: Face-to-face personal contact (e.g., most counseling, medical assessment, some sales)Hands-on operation of equipment, vehicles, or other onsite assetsDirect physical handling of secure materialsActivities dependent on a physical presence (e.g., security guard, forest ranger) After eliminating those remote work disqualifiers, you can see that a great many office-based jobs could be suitable for working from home, though some might be easier to do at home than others. Job Types for Telecommuting Here's a rule of thumb for deciding if a job is suitable for telecommuting: If your job involves a lot of solo work, can be done as a home-based business, and/or is mostly computer-based, it's probably ideal for telecommuting. Here is a list of occupations that are ideal for telecommuting: Accountant, bookkeeperAdministrative assistantAuditor, financial analystComputer programmer, software engineerData entry clerkDatabase administratorEngineerGraphic designer, illustrator, desktop publisherInsurance agentMarketing planner, media buyerMedical transcriptionist, medical reviewerParalegalPublic relations professional, speechwriterResearcher, market research analystSales rep, customer service rep, travel agentStockbrokerTelemarketer, telephone order takerTranslatorWebmaster, website designerWriter, reporter, editor Companies and Best-Paying Remote Work Jobs If you want to get started telecommuting—enjoying the benefits of working from home while also being a full-time employee rather than working for yourself—here are some resources to consult. The best companies for telecommuting are companies that have established telecommuting programs and allow employees to work from home at least part-time. The listing site, FlexJobs, compiled a list of work-from-home jobs with the highest salaries, most of which are in the six figures: Clinical regulatory affairs director ($150,000 salary): help pharmaceutical companies meet legal needs for clinical trials.Supervisory attorney ($117,000 to $152,000): work-from-home lawyers.Senior medical writer ($110,000 to $115,000): reviewing, writing, and editing medical documents.Environmental engineers (up to $110,000): when not conducting research in the field, work can be done from a home office.Director of quality improvement ($100,000 to $175,000): oversee operations and programming for an organization's quality improvement programs.Senior software engineer ($100,000 to $160,000): design and develop software programs.Director of business development ($100,000 to $150,000): at-home sales directors.Research biologist ($93,000 to $157,000): some research biologists have their own labs for research.Audit manager ($90,000 to $110,000): perform financial and operational audits for clients, including companies.Major gifts officer (up to $90,000): secure large-sum donations from current and prospective donors. FlexJobs also evaluated which telecommuting-friendly industries have jobs that are the most in-demand by employers. Healthcare industry (e.g., medical transcriptionist)Sales (e.g., insurance sales agent or regional sales manager)Computer and information technology (e.g., software developer)Customer service (including computer user support)Education and training (online teachers and tutors)Administrative jobs (e.g., insurance claims processing clerks)Marketing (e.g., market research analyst)Business development (e.g., business analyst)Web and software development (e.g., web developer)Research (e.g., background investigator). As you can see, jobs that are ideal for telecommuting run the gamut of industry fields. Keep in mind that knowing if telecommuting is right for you is not just about having the right job; it's also about having the right skills, not necessarily job related, such as being self-motivated and being able to manage your time.