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September 2020 Remote Jobs Report

Virtual Vocations - September 2020 Remote Jobs Report

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

September 2020 Remote Jobs Report

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

During August 2020, Virtual Vocations surpassed July’s record-setting numbers and added more than 43,000 total remote jobs to the job board. In addition to the new company records set during recent months, when we compared the number of remote jobs added to the job board in August 2020 to those from August 2019, we found a 67% increase in the total number of available remote job openings.”

CEO Statement on Remote Hiring in August

We have enjoyed two 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 - September Remote Jobs Report - Laura Spawn Quote

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 August…the unemployment rate declined to 8.4%, and the number of unemployed persons fell by 2.8 million to 13.6 million.”

August was another positive month for U.S. employment with the unemployment rate falling another 1.8%. This marks four consecutive months of employment growth since the COVID-19 pandemic brought about the lowest employment numbers ever in the U.S. However, the unemployment rate is still sharply higher than it was in February (4.9%) pre-pandemic.

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

Unemployment rates improved for both men and women. Additionally, the number of professionals who experienced a temporary layoff decreased by more than 3.1 million during August. An increase in government employment largely reflected temporary hiring for the 2020 Census. Employment gains were also present in remote-friendly labor sectors like professional and business services, healthcare, and education.

Remote Job Search Trends for August 2020

Virtual Vocations examined company data on the types of remote jobs posted during August as well as the preferences of remote jobseekers actively searching for and applying to remote jobs. The following remote job search trends emerged from August 1 to August 31:

  • 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.
  • Among all remote job openings with education requirements specified, most positions required a bachelor’s degree.
  • More than three 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 more readily available than independent contracting roles.
  • 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 contiguous state with the fewest number of available remote job openings was Wyoming; meanwhile, California had the most remote job openings for the month.

Employer Partners Who Hired in August

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 August 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. Achieve Test Prep, a training and education company
  2. VirBELA, a software technology company
  3. Skybridge Americas, a warehousing and fulfillment services company
  4. eXp Realty, a real estate brokerage firm
  5. SMC National, a dental industry marketing company
  6. Interactive Research Communications, a marketing and advertising agency
  7. Study.com, an online learning platform
  8. Scopic, a custom software development company
  9. Clipboard Health, a nursing recruiter
  10. Impactian (Impactio), a remote workforce solutions provider
  11. Uscreen, a video hosting and streaming service
  12. Net Transcripts, Inc., a law enforcement transcription company
  13. Daily Transcription, Inc., a transcription and translation services company
  14. Simple [A], a content management professionals services firm
  15. Honey Bar Media, Inc., a real estate coaching company
  16. Transcom Group, an outsourcing solutions provider
  17. OverFlowWorks.com, a marketing agency
  18. Smemark, a digital marketing company specializing in copywriting, web design, and digital marketing
  19. FA Client Machine, a digital media marketing company
  20. Optimized-Marketing.com, a digital marketing website focused on brand growth and lead generation
  21. 100 Ninjas, LLC, a boutique executive assistance services provider
  22. Evolved Binary, a technology consulting firm
  23. Firewire Digital, an SEO and digital marketing agency
  24. AVRA Talent Partners (Recruit, LLC), a staffing and human resources services company
  25. Craig Cody & Company, an accounting and tax planning company
  26. High-Tech Professionals (HTP), an IT staffing agency
  27. IntelliShop, a customer experience research and improvement company
  28. Simple Smart Science, a health and wellness company
  29. MarketLauncher, a consulting and market research analysis firm

10 States with the Most Remote Job Openings

Throughout August, these 10 states had the 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. North Carolina
  8. Virginia
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Arizona

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 September, 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. Northeast
  4. West
  5. Midwest

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

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

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 - September 2020 Remote Jobs Report - Top 10 Industries with the Most Remote Job Openings Graph

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

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

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

View All Information Technology Remote Job Openings on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

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

2. Healthcare

BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): 14% growth

Trending Healthcare Remote Jobs: 

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

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

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

3. Financial

BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): 16% growth for Financial Managers; 7% growth for Personal Financial Advisors; 6% growth for Financial Analysts

Trending Financial Remote Jobs: 

  • Remote Mortage 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

4. Sales

BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): 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

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

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

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

6. 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

7. Real Estate

BLS Industry Outlook (2018–2028): BLS Industry Outlook: 7% growth

Trending Project Management Remote Jobs: 

  • Virtual Real Estate Escrow Officer
  • Remote Property Researcher
  • Remote Title Settlement Processor
  • Telecommute Real Estate Digital Content Manager
  • Remote Mortgage Condo Project Reviewer

View All Real Estate Remote Job Openings on the Virtual Vocations Job Board

8. 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

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. 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

10 Most Applied to Remote Work Industries

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

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

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



Thrive Global:


Forbes Human Resources Council Mentions

Digital Publication Mentions

Nonprofit Quarterly: 

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University of Wisconsin Green Bay: 

WKYC 3 Cleveland:

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About Kimberly Back 804 Articles
Kimberly Back is the Senior Job Data Content Producer at Virtual Vocations and has been a member of the Virtual Vocations team since 2012. She brings to the role more than a decade of experience in writing, editing, content management, and graphic design. She is an honors graduate of Morehead State University and works remotely from Kentucky.