Telecommuting Mid-Year Report 2017: Top 10 States, Employers & Jobs

telecommuting mid-year report 2017

How has remote work changed since 2016? Virtual Vocations has the answers in our Top 10 Telecommuting Mid-Year Report 2017. Read on for the latest statistical findings concerning the top 10 best states for telecommuting, remote companies, and telecommuting job categories. 

Telecommuting Mid-Year Report 2017 Breakdown 

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To create the Virtual Vocations Telecommuting Mid-Year Report 2017 edition, we looked to the Virtual Vocations Telecommute Jobs Database to compile statistics on the best telecommuting states, companies, and job categories from January 1 – June 30, 2017.

For your convenience, we created this infographic compiling our key statistical findings for the first half of 2017. Click on the infographic to expand it; you may also view the Virtual Vocations 2017 Mid-Year Report Infographic in PDF form with active hyperlinks.

Our Telecommuting Mid-Year Report 2017 breakdown includes detailed overviews of the data Virtual Vocations compiled for our top 10 lists for the best remote work states, employers, and career fields. In addition to providing charts that outline our findings in detail, we have also compared our most recent stats to our mid-year report from 2016.

Top 10 States for Remote Work

Of the 58,343 telecommute jobs Virtual Vocations’ team of experienced Researchers and Job Quality Specialists screened and published to the Virtual Vocations job board during the first half of 2017, more than 30,000 were telecommute jobs that allowed applicants to live and work anywhere within the U.S. However, some telecommuting jobs require that potential hirees be located in a specific state.

Location specific telecommute job openings are especially prevalent in fields like remote education or telecommuting nurse case management. Most often, Online Teachers and Remote Nurse Case Managers must possess licenses and/or certifications that are state-specific. The good news is jobseekers exploring home-based job openings in any category can find thousands of available telecommuting jobs coast to coast.

Using Virtual Vocations to search telecommuting jobs by location is easy if you follow these steps:

  1. Utilize our convenient Location Search Bar at the top of our webpages;
  2. Further narrow the results of your telecommuting job search using our Search Filters menu;
  3. Select “Telecommute Status” and choose from job leads that have a “Geographic Restriction” or allow you to work and “Live Anywhere in the U.S.”

Did your state make our list of the Top 10 States for Remote Work?

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Compared to our Telecommuting Top 10 Mid-Year Report for 2016, we noticed some similarities and differences in the best U.S. telecommuting locations:

  • California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois remained the top five best states for telecommuting based on the number of available telecommuting jobs for those states from January 1 – June 30, 2017;
  • North Carolina is a new addition to the list, bumping Minnesota from the top 10;
  • Massachusetts fell from 8th to 10th place.

Top 10 Telecommute-Friendly Companies 

The Virtual Vocations Telecommute Companies Database is an example of our company commitment to improve the ease and efficiency of telecommute job searches. In the last year alone, our newly expanded team of Company Profiles Specialists, lead by our Employer Services Manager, has researched and updated the Companies Database with more than 6,000 new company profiles, bringing the total to more than 7,100 telecommute-friendly companies you can explore for free!

Our Telecommuting Companies Database is a hub where jobseekers can, at no cost, research companies by name or industry and discover more about what it’s like to telecommute for that employer. Within each profile, job seekers gain access to the following company information:

  • Main company website link and a business description and/or mission statement
  • Crucial company research details like the company’s headquarters location, industry information, and founded date
  • Resource links to the employer’s Wikipedia page and Better Business Bureau profile
  • Resource links to the employer’s profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube
  • If available, an RSS feed of company news
  • A graph charting the employer’s most recent hiring trends
  • A list of company telecommuting job openings you can apply to via the Virtual Vocations job board

To determine the Top 10 Remote Companies for the first half of 2017, we looked to data from our Companies Database and job board to extract the number of telecommute job vacancies from each employer that we researched, screened, and posted to our Telecommute Jobs Database from January 1 – June 30, 2017.

Telecommuting trends for 2017 help us to not only understand how remote hiring has changed over the last year, but also project events for the remainder of the year. Check out a few of our key remote employer hiring stats below, and view the complete findings in the graph ahead:

  • UnitedHealth Group (UGH) remains the top company for recruiting telecommuting professionals. UHG is also a diverse remote employer, hiring qualified work-at-home and partial telecommuting professionals in areas like healthcare, nursing, information technology, customer service, management, project management, and more;
  • Overall, telecommuting education employers made the most hiring gains since our 2016 Mid-Year Report; Kaplan, Inc., for example, rocketed to 2nd from 10th, with more than double the number of available telecommuting job openings for the mid-year than by this time last year;
  • VocoVision, a teletherapy services and program provider, emerged as a telecommuting powerhouse in early 2017, with more than 700 telecommuting  vacancies in only six months to take the 3rd spot on our top 10 list.

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Do you have an interest in working for one of these virtual employers? Learn more about these telecommute-friendly companies using the descriptions below and click on the hyperlinked company names to view each employer’s Virtual Vocations company profile and view a list of available telecommuting jobs with that employer:

1. UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 500 company, is one of the most diversified healthcare companies serving U.S. and global customers. Specializing in IT support infrastructures for healthcare, as well as clinical care, UHG is present in almost every branch of healthcare related services. UnitedHealth Group hires telecommuters from all over the United States to work from home full-time or work out of their home-based offices and travel. This employer frequently hires Telephonic RN Case Managers, Remote Health Service Directors, and Telecommuting RN Consultants, Virtual IT Specialists, and more.

2. Kaplan, Inc.

Kaplan, Inc. is a for-profit education subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and a leading provider of business, school, and individual educational services. Their products and services aid those seeking education, whether that be in the K-12, higher education, or professional development sectors. Kaplan, Inc. regularly employs Home-Based Instructors in a variety of content areas and grade levels.

3. VocoVision

VocoVision was founded in 2011, and is headquartered in Skokie, Illinois. The company was formed to provide speech therapy services for children who may not otherwise be able to access them. VocoVision offers high-quality teletherapy programs through state of the art technology and easy to use software. VocoVision offers remote work opportunities for Speech Language Pathogists, Teachers for the deaf and hard of hearing, and Sign Language Interpreters.

4. K12 Inc.

K12 Inc., a pioneer of online public and private schooling, was founded in 2000 in Herndon, Virginia. The company hosts online schools in many states throughout the U.S., as well as provides education products to parents who teach their children at home. K12 Inc. employs virtual teachers licensed in different states to work from home, providing online class instruction to students. Teachers work remotely but are required to travel to onsite meetings and professional development sessions. Depending on their state of residence, K12 teachers also may be required to meet their students in person a few times throughout the school year via state testing events, workshops, or school-affiliated trips.

5. CyraCom

Cyracom is a leading provider of interpretation services with a client base that includes many Fortune 500 healthcare companies. They are a rapidly growing company which regularly recruits bilingual individuals to join their team. No matter their experience level, CyraCom’s extensive training program will supply employees with all the tools they need to provide valuable services to clients.

6. is the world’s leading company specializing in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. Founded in 1999, Salesforce quickly expanded across the U.S. and now has a global presence. hires staff to work remotely in numerous areas, including sales, account management, software development, information technology, and consulting.

7. Conduent Inc.

Launched January 1, 2017, Conduent Inc. is the youngest employer on our telecommute-friendly companies list. Conduent is the business process outsourcing arm of Xerox Corporation. The company provides a personalized approach to streamlining business processes by utilizing their expertise in managing transaction intensive processes. Conduent Inc. offers both on-site and remote work opportunities.

8. Oracle Corporation

Oracle Corporation is a multinational information technology and computer services company specializing in database management systems and other enterprise software products, computer hardware systems, business intelligence, and communications industry solutions. It is a telecommute-friendly employer that frequently hires remote database architects, software project managers and architects, consultants, and technical sales specialists to work from home.

9. Humana Inc.

Humana Inc. is a Louisville-based for-profit health insurance company and the highest earning business based in Kentucky. It is a Fortune 100 company providing a broad portfolio of health insurance and wellness products to a diverse group of customers, including members of the military, the elderly, and the self employed. Humana Inc. regularly employs telecommuting salespersons, Registered Nurses, social workers, care and case managers, researchers, and IT specialists. Pharmacists are also hired to work remotely through the companies RXMentor program.

10. Connections Academy

Connections Academy is a division of the education company Connection Education LLC and an offshoot of Sylvan Ventures. The company provides a public school option with high parental involvement that students can complete from home. Connections Academy regularly employs K-12 teachers throughout the United States to work from home and instruct students online.

Top 10 Telecommuting Career Industries

Virtual Vocations is well-versed in the variety job categories within which telecommuting jobs are available. In fact, our Telecommute Jobs Database features openings in nearly 50 career sectors.

From our 2016 Mid-Year Report, were there any shifts in popular telecommuting job categories? Here’s what our 2017 mid-year data revealed:

  • Information Technology, Sales, and Healthcare continued to dominate all other telecommute job sectors;
  • Account Management climbed two spots with to 4th, and had more than 2,000 telecommute job openings compared to the 2016 Mid-Year Report;
  • Consulting, a diverse telecommuting job category found within nearly all other career sectors, climbed four spots to take 6th place.

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Interested in exploring job openings from the remaining industries on our top 10 list of the best telecommuting job categories? Select any of the following links to view all remote job postings for that category within the Virtual Vocations Database: Project Management, Education, Management, Teaching, Customer Service.

Final Thoughts

Twenty-seventeen has already illustrated that telecommuting continues to be a viable, thriving work model emboldening professionals to make career choices allowing them live their best lives hallmarked by flexibility and enabling companies to hire the best talent in their verticals.

We cannot wait to see what telecommuting trends will emerge by the end of 2017; look for our 2017 year-end report in January!

What was the most surprising fact from our 2017 Mid-Year Report? Share your insights when you connect with Virtual Vocations on Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to hear from you! 

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Kimberly Back is the Content Division Manager at Virtual Vocations. Prior to beginning work with Virtual Vocations in 2012, Kimberly was a subscriber and advocate of Virtual Vocations' services. She has exclusively worked from home since 2009.