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12 jobs you probably didn't know you could do from home

Business Insider 19/08/2015 Jacquelyn Smith


There are a lot of jobs you can do from the comfort of your home that you probably didn't know about. © Provided by Business Insider There are a lot of jobs you can do from the comfort of your home that you probably didn't know about. Turns out you don't have to be a freelance writer or a graphic designer to work from the comfort of your couch.

"One of the most surprising aspects of telecommuting jobs is that they're offered by a huge variety of industries," explains Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs.

"Job seekers who want to work from home should definitely be on the lookout for possibilities, whatever their career field. As the number of people who telecommute continues to grow, so do the types of opportunities. With a little research, it's possible to uncover jobs you might never have known existed."

FlexJobs, an online service specializing in telecommuting and remote work, compiled a list of 12 surprising jobs you can do from home. Some allow professionals to work remotely 100% of the time, while others provide the opportunity for occasional telecommuting.

1. Veterinary dentist

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Flexibility: Part-time telecommute job

Veterinary dentists often perform similar procedures and use the same equipment and anesthesia as human dentists do. They can work part-time and from home while interpreting digital dental radiographs and oral photographs. This job requires a DVM and a current license.

2. Associate medical director

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Flexibility: Part-time telecommute job

According to Salary.com, these professionals assist medical directors in establishing medical policies and overseeing the organization's clinical services. They also conduct research and review clinical data to improve the quality of patient care, which can be done from home. A degree in medicine or a license is typically required.

3. Psychologist

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Flexibility: Part-time telecommute job

As a psychologist, you can work from home part-time as you perform research, review patient files, and make phone calls. This job typically requires a doctoral degree or specialist degree in psychology (although a master's degree is sometimes sufficient), a license, and/or certification.

4. E-interior designer

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Flexibility: Part-time telecommute job; flexible schedule

Working from home, professionals with this job can design interior spaces for clients through virtual interactions. A college degree and design experience is usually preferred.

5. Public relations manager

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Flexibility: Full-time telecommute job

PR-related work, such as publicity campaigns and crisis management, can easily be done from home. However, occasional in-person client meetings may be necessary.

6. Football head scout

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Flexibility: Part-time telecommute job

Head scouts typically manage a list of potential college prospects for recruiting while also conducting virtual evaluations and conference calls. Sales and football coaching experience may be required by some employers.

7. Genetic counselor, women's health

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Flexibility: Telecommute job (schedule not listed)

Women's health genetic counselors help patients understand genomics results, and support nurses and physicians — which they can do from anywhere. Professionals must be certified in genetic counseling.

8. Undercover investigator

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Flexibility: Full-time telecommute job

An undercover or private investigator is usually hired by an individual or group to undertake "investigatory law services" and they often work for attorneys in civil cases. These professionals can do a lot of their research and digging online or over the phone from the comfort of their home. 

9. Chemistry proofreaders

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Flexibility: Part-time telecommute job; flexible schedule

A job like this requires subject matter expertise (in this case, in chemistry), as well as a background in proofreading, editing, and copy editing — but it can easily be done from home.

10. Wildlife biologist

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Flexibility: Full-time telecommute job

Wildlife biologists help to preserve species, control hunting seasons, and reduce negative interactions between wildlife and people. Though they spend a lot of time on the road, they may also have the opportunity to telecommute from home while conducting research. A degree in biological science is typically required.

11. Rangeland management specialist

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Flexibility: Full-time telecommute job

Rangeland management professionals — who monitor and analyze data to better understand and find relationships between health, status, and trends of land ranges and resources — often have the option to telecommute.

12. Sports/food/travel/etc. writer

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Flexibility: Full-time telecommute or freelance job; flexible schedule

You can do this job from anywhere. All you need is a computer, internet access, and a phone ... and, of course, a way with words.

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