Virtual Vocations November Remote Jobs Report

November 2020 Remote Jobs Report

The Virtual Vocations November 2020 Remote Jobs Report analyzes current work-at-home and remote hiring trends, home-based employment statistics, online employment news, and Virtual Vocations company data for U.S. professionals actively applying to 100% virtual, flexible, or remote jobs.

An Overview of the November 2020 Remote Jobs Report

Our November 2020 Remote Jobs Report features our examination of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) “Employment Situation Summary” for October 2020 as well as Virtual Vocations company statistics from the same month.

During October 2020, Virtual Vocations set our fourth-consecutive record for the number of total remote jobs added to the job board during the month. More than 56,000 remote jobs were posted in October with Virtual Vocations staff averaging over 1,800 new online job postings per day. In addition to continuing our record-setting streak, when we compared the number of remote jobs added in October 2020 to those from October 2019, we found a 94.94% increase in the total number of available remote job openings.”

CEO Statement on Remote Hiring in October

We have enjoyed four record-breaking months at Virtual Vocations, but we are just as excited about what these positive hiring trends mean for the state of remote work and the U.S. economy as businesses bounce back from COVID-19 closures and shift their organizational strategies to include more partial and fully remote roles. It is exciting for me as a 100% virtual entrepreneur and telework advocate to witness more businesses adopt remote work as a practical, transformative solution to save money on overhead costs, recruit the best talent, and protect the health and lifestyle quality of their staff.”

—Laura Spawn, Virtual Vocations CEO and Co-Founder

Virtual Vocations COVID-19 Tips and Resources

Virtual Vocations has also become a leader in COVID-19 guidance for remote jobseekers, existing telecommuters, and newly remote-enabled businesses. To help remote jobseekers simplify their job searches, we created a new job search filter to accommodate remote jobs allowing workers to telecommute during the pandemic. Additional expert advice has been compiled into an online COVID-19 hub featuring remote work tips and resources like the following:

  • Resume help
  • Career coaching
  • Links to open telecommuting jobs
  • Free telecommuting and remote work downloads including an Employee Checklist and a Telecommuting Business Plan Bundle
  • State-specific remote work resources
  • Advice for remote employees
  • Guidance for managing remote workers
  • Tips for parents and caregivers working from home with children or loved ones who need special care

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

“In October, the unemployment rate declined by 1.0 percentage point to 6.9 percent, and the number of unemployed persons fell by 1.5 million to 11.1 million.”

Source: U.S. Department of Labor BLS, “THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — OCTOBER 2020”

The U.S. economy added 638,000 non-farm jobs during October. This is a -3.33% decrease from September job numbers. Although the unemployment rate has consecutively declined for six months, the number of unemployed persons in the U.S. is still double the pre-pandemic figure of 5.8 million unemployed in February 2020. High job growth industries for October include remote-friendly career sectors like the following:

“Unemployment rates declined among all major worker groups in October,” according to the BLS. Additionally, temporary layoffs decreased to 3.2 million, which is significantly lower than the 18.1 million high of April. However, the number of long-term unemployed persons, who have been jobless for at least 27 weeks, increased by 1.2 million to 3.6 million. Long-term unemployed Americans account for 32.5% of the total unemployed in the U.S. as of October.

Remote Job Search Trends for October 2020

Virtual Vocations examined company data on the types of remote jobs posted during October as well as the preferences of remote jobseekers actively searching for and applying to remote jobs. The following remote job search trends emerged during October 2020:

  • 47.92% of remote jobs added in October were 100% remote jobs requiring no travel. This was the top category among all remote jobs.
  • Two times as many remote jobs were sourced from employers rather than from staffing agencies, workplace management groups, or recruiters.
  • More than 27% of October remote jobs were full-time positions; full-time remote jobs outnumbered part-time roles 6:1.
  • Among all remote job openings with education requirements specified in the job postings, most positions required a bachelor’s degree or some college.
  • More than four times as many remote job openings were available for information technology remote jobs than for any other category of telecommute job openings.
  • Permanent remote jobs were twice as prevalent as independent contracting roles.
  • The Eastern Standard Time Zone was the most popular time zone for remote job openings.
  • Washington, D.C. had more remote job openings than more than half of U.S. states.
  • Four times as many remote jobs were available nationwide as they were for any other U.S. location.

Top 20 Companies for Remote Jobs in October

Throughout the month, more than 20 Virtual Vocations Employer Partners, which are companies that work directly with us to post their remote job openings and reach more qualified remote workers, shared their telework vacancies to our job board.

Employer Partners that posted remote jobs to the Virtual Vocations database in October have been ranked according to the number of remote job openings they shared during the month. Click any of the hyperlinked company names below to view a researched Virtual Vocations company profile of that business.

  1. UnitedHealth Group, a global diversified healthcare company
  2. VMware, Inc., a cloud infrastructure and visualization solutions provider
  3. K12 Inc., an online education company
  4. Oracle, an information technology and computer services company producing enterprise software products
  5. USAA (United Services Automobile Association), a financial services and insurance agency
  6. Humana Inc., a health insurance and wellness company
  7. Dell, a computer hardware and services company
  8. PayPal, Inc., a financial services company
  9. Change Healthcare, a privately-held healthcare technology solutions company
  10. PRA Health Sciences, a clinical research organization
  11. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., a multinational biotechnology company
  12. Anthem, Inc., a for-profit managed healthcare company and health insurance provider
  13. CVS Health, a healthcare and retail pharmacy company
  14. Novartis, a global medicine development organization
  15. VocoVision, an education and therapeutic services company
  16. Parallon, a healthcare and business operations provider
  17. Radian Group Inc., a mortgage, real estate, title, and risk insurance company
  18. Applied Information Sciences, Inc. (AIS), a software and systems engineering service provider
  19. Supporting Strategies, a bookkeeping and human resources services provider
  20. Veeva Systems, a cloud-based computing software firm

Employer Partners Who Hired in October

Virtual Vocations Employer Partners

Throughout the month, more than 20 Virtual Vocations Employer Partners, which are companies that work directly with us to post their remote job openings and reach more qualified remote workers, shared their telework vacancies to our job board.

Employer Partners that posted telecommuting jobs to the Virtual Vocations database in October have been ranked according to the number of remote job openings they shared during the month. Click any of the hyperlinked company names below to view a researched Virtual Vocations company profile of that business.

  1. VirBELA, a software technology company
  2. Achieve Test Prep, a training and education company
  3. PSG Global Solutions, a staffing and recruiting agency for the industrial, IT, healthcare, and engineering industries
  4. TTEC, a customer engagement services provider
  5. Study.com, an education company specializing in online accessibility and virtual courses
  6. Elite Virtual Assistants, a staffing and recruiting agency specializing in remote virtual assistant jobs
  7. eXp Realty, a real estate brokerage firm
  8. Boldly, a subscription staffing company
  9. Appen, an IT company the develops training data for AI and machine learning
  10. BKA Content, a marketing and content creation agency
  11. Daily Transcription, Inc., a transcription and translation services company
  12. Net Transcripts, Inc. (VIQ Solutions Company), a law enforcement transcription provider
  13. TalentWorldGroup, PLC, a multilingual customer services outsourcing company
  14. Storetasker, a freelance marketplace for the Shopify app and theme companies
  15. Team Delegate, LLC, a business services company
  16. Platform.sh, a cloud application and hosting platform provider
  17. 100 Ninjas, LLC, a boutique executive assistance services provider
  18. Time Doctor, a time tracking and productivity monitoring software developer
  19. B2B Appointment Setters, a marketing support company
  20. UltraViolet, a non-profit organization focused on women’s issues
  21. inBeat, a marketing and brand development company
  22. Virtual Vocations, Inc., a family-owned and operated job board that specializes in helping jobseekers find remote jobs.
  23. West Arete, a fully remote software development company
  24. iPhone Photography School, a company offering exclusive email tips, video lessons, and tutorials
  25. Mental Health 365, Inc., a mental health services company that provides internet-based counseling services

10 States with the Most Remote Job Openings

From September to October, little changed with regard to which states boasted the most telecommute job openings. In fact, the only shift occurred with Massachusetts overtaking North Carolina to become the seventh most prevalent state for remote job postings during October. Here’s the complete list of the top 10 states with most location-specific remote job openings in the Virtual Vocations job board.

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. New York
  5. Illinois
  6. Georgia
  7. Massachusetts
  8. North Carolina
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Virginia

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 November, 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.

  1. East Coast
  2. West Coast
  3. West
  4. Southeast
  5. Northeast

Top 10 States with Remote Jobs to Which Virtual Vocations Users Most Often Applied

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. North Carolina
  5. Georgia
  6. Illinois
  7. New York
  8. Virginia
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Pennsylvania

Remote Work & Telecommuting Jobs State Resources Directory

Remote Work and Telecommuting Jobs State Resources - Virtual Vocations

Job requirements, business needs, and state employment laws are some of the reasons remote jobs may be classified as location-specific. To help jobseekers learn more about remote jobs in their state, or a state to which they may want to move, Virtual Vocations developed the Remote Work & Telecommuting Jobs State Resources Directory. Within it, jobseekers will find researched profiles of the remote work climate in all 50 U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Visit our State Resources Directory for location-specific information about telecommuting incentives, coworking centers, the most popular remote work categories, and remote-enabled companies.

10 Industries with the Most Remote Job Openings

Virtual Vocations November Remote Jobs Report - Top 10 Industries with the Most Remote Job Openings

Virtual Vocations sources thousands of remote job openings each month. From October 1–31, the most remote job openings were found among these 10 remote work industries in the Virtual Vocations database:

  1. Information Technology
  2. Sales
  3. Healthcare
  4. Financial
  5. Customer Service
  6. Marketing
  7. Education
  8. Management
  9. Project Management
  10. Human Resources

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 2029.

1. Information Technology

BLS Industry Outlook (2019–2029): 11% growth

Trending Information Technology Remote Jobs: 

  • Remote Data Warehouse Developer
  • Telecommute Security Compliance Manager
  • Remote Software Design Advocate
  • Virtual Back End Software Engineer
  • Telecommute Clinical Database Developer II

Further Reading from Virtual Vocations: Guide to Remote IT Jobs — Jobseeker Resource and Download

2. Sales

BLS Industry Outlook (2019–2029): Little to no growth

Trending Sales Remote Jobs: 

  • Remote Proposal Sales Support Specialist
  • Remote Cyber Risk Business Development Vice President
  • Telecommute Marketing Solutions Inbound Call Center Agent
  • Remote Sales Development Representative
  • Remote Business Software Ambassador

Further Reading from Virtual Vocations: Guide to Remote Sales Jobs — Jobseeker Resource and Download

3. Healthcare

BLS Industry Outlook (2019–2029): 15% growth

Trending Healthcare Remote Jobs: 

  • Remote Outpatient Coder
  • Telecommute Psychiatrist
  • Remote Contract Tracing Program Assistant
  • Virtual Overnight General Radiologist
  • Remote Registered Nurse

Further Reading from Virtual Vocations: Guide to Remote Healthcare Jobs — Jobseeker Resource and Download

4. Financial

BLS Industry Outlook (2019–2029): 15% growth for Financial Managers; 4% growth for Personal Financial Advisors; 5% growth for Financial Analysts

Trending Financial Remote Jobs: 

  • Remote Mortgage Loan Officer
  • Telecommute Revenue Accountant
  • Virtual Bookkeeper
  • Remote Senior Financial Analyst
  • Virtual Public Tax Manager

View All Financial Remote Job Openings on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

5. Customer Service

BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): 2% decline

Trending Customer Service Remote Jobs: 

  • Remote Athletes Call Center Agent
  • Telecommute Bilingual Spanish Medical Transport
  • Remote Customer Support Manager
  • Remote Helpdesk Technical Support Agent
  • Telecommute Retail Customer Order Specialist

View All Customer Service Remote Job Openings on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

Further Reading from Virtual Vocations: Guide to Remote Customer Service Jobs — Jobseeker Resource and Download

6. Marketing

BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): 8% growth

Trending Marketing Remote Jobs: 

  • Telecommute Google Ads Freelancer
  • Remote Social Media Managing Director
  • Virtual Growth Hacker
  • Remote Marketing Operations Manager
  • Telecommute Digital Marketing Associate

View All Marketing Remote Job Openings on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

7. Education

BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): 5% growth

Trending Education Remote Jobs: 

  • Telecommute Higher Education Admissions Counselor
  • Remote Middle School Science Teacher
  • Remote Educational Test Item Writer
  • Online Teacher of the Visually Impaired
  • Telecommute Academic Operations Director

View All Education Remote Job Openings on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

Further Reading from Virtual Vocations: Guide to Remote Education Jobs — Jobseeker Resource and Download

8. Management

BLS Industry Outlook (2019–2029): 5% growth

Trending Management Remote Jobs: 

  • Remote Product Manager
  • Telecommute Content Manager
  • Remote Engineering Manager
  • Remote Customer Success Manager
  • Telecommute Healthcare Capability Manager

View All Management Remote Job Openings on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

9. Project Management

Project Management Institute (PMI) Industry Outlook (2017–2027): 31% growth

Trending Project Management Remote Jobs: 

  • Remote Clinical Software Project Manager
  • Remote Information Technology Project Manager 2
  • Telecommute Consulting Project Manager
  • Remote Marketing Project Manager
  • Telecommute Project Manager

View All Project Management Remote Job Openings on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

Further Reading from Virtual Vocations: Guide to Remote Project Management Jobs — Jobseeker Resource and Download

10. Human Resources

BLS Industry Outlook (2019–2029): BLS Industry Outlook: 7% growth for Human Resources Specialists; 6% growth for Human Resources Managers

Trending Human Resources Remote Jobs: 

  • Telecommute Diversity and Inclusion Leader
  • Remote Human Resources Specialist
  • Remote Senior Recruiting Manager
  • Telecommute HR Business Partner
  • Remote Resume Writer

View All Human Resources Remote Job Openings on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

10 Most Applied to Remote Work Industries

Virtual Vocations researches, screens, and posts remote job openings from more than 40 career categories. During October, the following remote work industries were the most applied to by Virtual Vocations members:

  1. Information Technology
  2. Human Resources
  3. Management
  4. Healthcare
  5. Project Management
  6. Financial
  7. Marketing
  8. Customer Service
  9. Accounting
  10. Administrative

Virtual Vocations in the News

In recent weeks, Virtual Vocations CEO Laura Spawn, as well as the company and its services, have been featured in a number of top publications related to business, careers, and leadership. Below is a sampling of some of our most recent and newsworthy digital media appearances related to topics like supporting and appreciating remote workers, mistakes that can prevent jobseekers from landing a remote job, and improving the candidate experience. We have also included links to testimonials from remote jobseekers who found telecommuting jobs using the Virtual Vocations job board.

Press Releases

Published Content from CEO Laura Spawn

Business2Community: 

Thrive Global:

UpJourney:

Forbes Human Resources Council Mentions

Digital Publication Mentions

Explica: 

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