I have been thinking about working from home for years. It is not an easy process to find a job that I can do from the comfort of my home office. The health care work I do now requires a hands on, visual, be-in-the-room with the patient approach. I have been looking for a creative solution to being able to do this from a remote location. I am not an RN or a MD, I am a Physical Therapist (PT) and I have always needed to be in the room to assist and guide my patients. It is a great profession and I love it, but as I age I would like to open some other doors and have other choices available to me.
RN’s have a lot of different opportunities to telecommute. Aetna has many opportunities in case management, health informatics, marketing and claims. There are other companies out there as well. RN’s have an amazing breadth of knowledge available to them. I have huge respect for them and love working with them. They share their knowledge freely with me and make my job so much easier. Whereas, PT’s have always had a more focused area of expertise. We work with diverse populations with the goal of maximizing their functional abilities. My goal is to find a way to use my skill set in a different way. I have seen some very talented PT’s find a way to use their skills for online education(http://www.physicaltherapy.com/), so I know its possible to find opportunities to work in a different environment.
Forbes has a long list of companies that offer telecommuting jobs. There are a large number of health care jobs on that list. Although, the majority of the jobs are tech related as I would expect. The lion’s share of health care workers that can work from home are RN’s and MD’s, but I have seen opportunities for Social Workers too.
There are a number of universities that offer online degrees, so I am sure there are opportunities for teaching online for these universities. There are jobs for interpreters and jobs for medical coders. The list is growing. As we are aging and commuting is getting longer, I can only hope the list for people who want to work from home will grow.
REQUIREMENTS FOR WORKING AT HOME
I imagine that telecommuting jobs require some level of experience in your chosen field and there are some KEY skills that you will need to develop for jobs that you do from home where you are responsible for supervising yourself. You need to be self-motivated and have space and time dedicated to working where you can keep distractions to a minimum. It is a job after all. I find when I am working at home on my Blog or working on various projects, I get a lot more done, and done more efficiently, than when I am in the office with all the conversations, calls and distractions that are inherent in that situation. There will always be a social aspect to working in an office that is eliminated when working from home.
People who have many years of experience in their chosen field have a wealth of information to draw from. They are ideal candidates for working from home. The boomer generation has been out there for years and they have a lot to offer. I believe many of us are trying to transition to a more autonomous way of working.
There are also a large group of creative people that are thriving in this environment. They are making their own jobs. The wonderful opportunities that social media has opened up for people who are creative make me really happy. Sites like Etsy and Pinterest are giving a voice and a marketplace for all these wonderful artists.
There will always be people who prefer the more social and collaborative environment found working in an office and there will always be a need for people who do work in offices , hospitals, service industries and manufacturing. I can only hope more opportunities will open up for those of us who want to work from home, as more of us start looking for that flexibility.
I am looking for a way to join the work at home community and create a whole new job for myself in an imaginative and unique way.
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