Huge Rise in Remote Work in the Tech Industry
OCT 03, 2016 19:35 PM
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Huge Rise in Remote Work in the Tech Industry.

By Ellie Martin

It’s no exaggeration to say that the tech industry is booming these days. Statistics show that between 2004 and 2014, jobs in the tech industry grew 31% faster than jobs in other high-growth sectors like business services. And given the increasing rate at which technology continues to permeate such huge industries as finance and healthcare, you can bet that this enormous growth rate isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Coupled with this huge growth in the tech industry has been the rise of remote work. Thanks to massive advances in telecommunication, remote work is now a very viable alternative to standard in-office jobs, and studies show that remote workers are actually more productive than their in-office counterparts. The numbers bear this out: an ex-Google coder can now make twice as much freelancing thanks to the bidding war that has come from the increased demand for top tech talent.

Now that top freelancers have turned remote work into a science, the possibilities for remote tech work are more promising than ever. Here are four remote jobs gaining popularity in the latter half of 2016.

Data Scientist

As 2016 progresses, Big Data continues to garner more headlines. The more businesses move their services online, the more those companies need experts to track insights on how customers are interacting with them. A data scientist’s job includes scraping the deep pockets of the internet for information on user activity and interaction habits and turning that data into digestible, actionable material for companies to utilize in order to grow their business. Data scientists can work from anywhere since all the information they need is online, and rest assured they will be in high demand for a long time to come.

Swift Programmer

If you’re a developer and you want to work on developing Apple products, you have to learn Swift. There’s no way around it. Swift is an update on Apple’s stalwart language Objective-C, and as such, it is the only officially recognized development language for any Apple software, including iOS, OS X, tvOS, and watchOS. While this may seem like a forced niche, the popularity of Apple products allows for plenty of high-level remote work for a Swift programmer. And, now that Google is considering allowing Swift to be used in Android development, the range of projects available to a Swift programmer looks likely to grow in the coming months.

Ruby on Rails Developer

Known for its simple syntax and its adaptability to a wide range of projects, Ruby on Rails has become one of the most popular languages for web development, and for good reason. Some of the internet’s most frequently visited websites, including Twitch, Hulu, the Weather Channel, Github, and Pitchfork, just to name a few, were built with Ruby on Rails. A top Rails developer will have multiple job possibilities for years to come, and because all a web developer needs is an internet connection, you can do this job from anywhere in the world.

Quality Assurance Engineer

Quality assurance engineers play a crucial role as quality overseers for an entire development project. Because they have input and must test quality on all levels of development, they are required to have a broad range of knowledge and skills, including sound proficiency in Structured Query Language (SQL) and a familiarity with Agile and Scrum development methodologies. As with any computer-based job, QA engineers often have remote options, and because quality assurance is such a crucial part of the development process, there’s no shortage of top-level job possibilities for experts in this area.

Thanks to the increasing connectedness of the workforce through better wifi, stronger 4G, and the rise of communication tools like Skype and collaboration programs like GitHub and Google Drive, the possibility for remote work is well within reach for many people in the tech industry. Due to the increasing demand among top companies for high-level workers, there will continue to be job opportunities in tech no matter where you choose to work.

What other remote tech jobs do you see gaining popularity in the latter half of 2016? Let us know in the comments!



Ellie Martin is co-founder of Startup Change group. Her works have been featured on Yahoo! , Wisebread, AOL, among others. She currently splits her time between her home office in New York and Israel. You may connect with her on Twitter


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