The Virtual Vocations July 2020 Remote Jobs Report analyzes current remote hiring trends, telecommuting statistics, telework employment news, and Virtual Vocations company data for U.S. professionals actively applying to flexible, fully virtual, and home-based jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 2020 Remote Jobs Report
Our July 2020 Remote Jobs Report features our examination of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) “Employment Situation Summary” for June 2020 as well as Virtual Vocations company statistics from the same month.
In the June 2020 Remote Jobs Report, we documented that May marked the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that the Virtual Vocations job board experienced a decline in the availability of remote job openings. From April to May, the number of available remote job openings decreased by -11.24%. While we confidently predicted that the dip in remote hiring would be temporary, we did not anticipate the level of immense growth that would occur in virtual and home-based hiring from May to June with nearly 20,000 remote positions added to the Virtual Vocations database.
CEO Statement on Remote Hiring in June
“As states have begun the phased reopening of their economies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen U.S. jobs numbers rapidly increase.
The nationwide hiring swing is reflected in remote hiring trends not only because layoffs are ending but also due to more companies adopting remote work policies during the novel coronavirus outbreak and beyond.
From May to June 2020, we experienced a 37.94% increase in the number of remote jobs added to the Virtual Vocations job board, which now features a job search filter to accommodate jobs allowing workers to telecommute during the pandemic.”
—Laura Spawn, Virtual Vocations CEO and Co-Founder
COVID-19 Tips and Resources for Remote Jobseekers and Employers
Virtual Vocations has emerged as a leader in COVID-19 tips and resources for first-time remote jobseekers, newly remote businesses, and anyone else experiencing economic insecurity because of the coronavirus pandemic. We have compiled our expert advice into an online hub featuring elements like the following:
- Free telecommuting and remote work downloads including an Employee Checklist and a Telecommuting Business Plan Bundle
- Links to open telecommuting jobs
- Career coaching and resume help
- Advice for remote employees
- Guidance for managing remote workers
- Tips for parents working from home with children
- State-specific telecommuting resources
Discover all of Virtual Vocations’ COVID-19 tips and resources for remote jobseekers and businesses by clicking the button below.
BLS Jobs Report Analysis for Remote Workers
June employment rose significantly within the leisure and hospitality industry as well as in U.S. job sectors like education and health services, retail trade, and professional and business services. All of these career fields are telecommute-friendly job categories with opportunities for professionals interested in teaching, speech-language pathology, tutoring, healthcare claims processing, telephone triage, business management, and more.
“Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 4.8 million in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 11.1 percent…These improvements in the labor market reflected the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it,” according to the BLS press release.
The U.S. unemployment rate fell 2.2% in June with the number of unemployed American workers dropping by 3.2 million. While this marks the second month of employment gains, the U.S. jobless rate is still significantly higher than it was in February before the U.S. economy shuttered at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. From February to June 2020, the U.S. jobless rate as grown by 7.6% or 12 million workers.
June brought a decline in the number of unemployed persons who had been issued temporary layoffs. Since May, the number of American workers temporarily laid off has decreased by 7.5 million. However, “The number of permanent job losers continued to rise, increasing by 588,000 to 2.9 million in June,” according to the BLS, and “The number of unemployed reentrants to the labor force rose by 711,000 to 2.4 million. Labor reentrants are classified by the BLS as individuals who “previously worked but were not in the labor force prior to beginning their job search.”
Remote Job Search Trends for July 2020
Virtual Vocations examined company data on the types of remote jobs posted during June as well as the preferences of remote jobseekers actively searching for and applying to remote jobs. The following remote job search trends emerged from June 1 to June 30:
- Permanent remote jobs were more readily available than independent contracting roles.
- Among all remote job openings with education requirements specified, most positions required a bachelor’s degree.
- Telecommute jobseekers preferred 100% virtual jobs with no travel to remote jobs requiring some degree of business travel or on-site work; in fact, 100% Telecommute was the most frequently applied to remote job category during the month.
- 54.55% more remote information technology jobs were available compared to the next most popular remote work category for June 2020: healthcare.
- There were six times as many full-time remote jobs available as part-time remote jobs.
- Remote job openings were more widely available for businesses operating in the Eastern Standard Time Zone.
- The vast majority of remote jobs added to the Virtual Vocations job board required applicants with some degree of professional experience in a given role.
- The contiguous state with the fewest number of available remote job openings was Vermont; meanwhile, California had the most remote job openings for the month.
10 Most Applied to Remote Work Industries
Virtual Vocations researches, screens, and posts remote job openings from more than 40 career categories. During June, the following remote work industries were the most applied to by Virtual Vocations members:
- Information Technology
- Project Management
- Human Resources
- Graphic Design
- Customer Service
10 States with the Most Remote Job Openings
Due to job requirements, business needs, and state employment laws, some remote jobs are location-specific. Throughout June, these 10 states had the most location-specific remote job openings.
Top 5 Regions for Available Remote Jobs
Job search filters within the Virtual Vocations database allow remote jobseekers to query for job openings by region. At the beginning of June, these five U.S. regions featured the most remote job openings within the Virtual Vocations job board. Click on any of the hyperlinked region names below to view available remote job openings from that area.
10 Industries with the Most Remote Job Openings
Virtual Vocations sources thousands of remote job openings each month. From June 1 to June 30, the most telecommuting job openings were found among these 10 remote work industries in the Virtual Vocations database:
- Information Technology
- Customer Service
- Human Services
- Project Management
- Real Estate
For all the remote job industries named above, we have highlighted trending remote jobs that may be found on the Virtual Vocations job board as well as each category’s projected job growth estimates through 2028.
1. Information Technology
BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): 12% growth
Trending Information Technology Remote Jobs:
- Remote Senior Information Technology Manager
- Telecommute Information Technology Vulnerability Management Analyst
- Remote Information Technology Dispatcher
- Remote Information Technology Disaster Recovery Directory
- Telecommute Information Technology Specialist
BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): 14% growth
Trending Healthcare Remote Jobs:
- Telecommute Healthcare Writer
- Remote Behavioral Healthcare Advocate
- Remote Healthcare Claims Processor
- Virtual Healthcare Industry Solutions Analyst
- Telecommute Healthcare Registered Nurse
BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): Little to no growth
Trending Sales Remote Jobs:
- Telecommute Sales Development Representative
- Remote Marketing and Sales Intern
- Telecommute Enterprise Sales Engineer
- Remote Insurance Sales Representative
- Remote B2B Inside Sales Agent
BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): 5% growth
Trending Education Remote Jobs:
- Virtual Education Guidance Assistant
- Telecommute Physical Education Teacher
- Remote Education Instructional Coach
- Telecommute Special Education Teacher
- Remote Education Campaign Manager
5. Customer Service
BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): 2% decline
Trending Customer Service Remote Jobs:
- Remote Customer Service Representative
- Virtual Customer Service Professional
- Telecommute Customer Service Agent
- Virtual Research Customer Service Representative
- Telecommute Customer Service Specialist
Trending Financial Remote Jobs:
- Telecommute Financial Analyst
- Remote Financial Application Manager
- Remote Financial Video Content Creator
- Telecommute Human Rights Financial Investigator
- Remote Financial Configuration Manager
7. Human Services
BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): 13% growth
Trending Human Services Remote Jobs:
- Remote Health and Human Sevices Government Grant Writer
- Online Human Services Adjunct Faculty Member
- Telecommute Human Services Contracting Specialist
- Remote Health and Human Services Network Consultant
- Remote Health and Human Services Systems Analyst
BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): 8% growth
Trending Marketing Remote Jobs:
- Remote Publishing Marketing Intern
- Virtual Marketing Head
- Remote Partner Marketing Manager
- Virtual Growth Marketing Manager
- Telecommute Marketing Automation Specialist
9. Project Management
Project Management Institute (PMI) Industry Outlook (2017–2027): 31% growth
Trending Project Management Remote Jobs:
- Remote Technical Project Manager
- Telecommute Project Manager
- Remote Task Order Project Manager
- Telecommute Technology Project Manager
- Remote Federal Project Manager I
10. Real Estate
BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): BLS Industry Outlook: 7% growth
Trending Project Management Remote Jobs:
- Remote Senior Real Estate Underwriter
- Online Real Estate Instructor
- Telecommute Facilities and Real Estate Director
- Remote Real Estate Transaction Coordinator
- Remote Real Estate Field Staff Appraiser
Virtual Vocations in the News
In recent weeks, Virtual Vocations CEO Laura Spawn and Customer & Career Services Division Manager Holly Leyva, as well as the company and its services, have been featured in a number of top career, business, and entrepreneur publications.
Below is a sampling of some of our most recent and newsworthy digital media appearances related to remote work, job searches, management, and working remotely amid COVID-19.
- Virtual Vocations releases new resource to foster positive relationships between remote team members
Published Content from CEO Laura Spawn
Forbes Human Resources Council Mentions
- 12 Things Recruiters Look At First When Going Through Job Applications
- 11 Effective Strategies For Building A Positive Candidate Experience
- The 1 Interview Mistake Most People Learn Too Late (and How to Fix It), According to 7 Recruiters: This mention features career advice from Virtual Vocations Customer & Career Services Division Manager Holly Leyva, who is an ACRW-certified professional resume writer.
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