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10 Jobs in the Digital Economy For You to Work From Anywhere

Greg de la Cruz works in the tech industry and is the author of two published titles on Amazon.

Woman looks busy at work on the beach. Digital economy jobs are on the rise, and these are the jobs that let you work from anywhere.

Woman looks busy at work on the beach. Digital economy jobs are on the rise, and these are the jobs that let you work from anywhere.

The cushy, well-paying corporate office job has suffered a slow, excruciating death since the Great Recession of 2008—was buried and entombed when most offices closed in 2020—and has since lost the title of “job of choice” over everyone’s preference these days: remote work.

And while this is an oversimplification of what really happened to white-collar office work, the following reasons may provide a hint as to why nobody prefers corporate office jobs anymore:

  1. There’s a downsizing, or ‘right-sizing’ trend where big companies have decided they don’t need as much space as they used to.
  2. Job security in the corporate world is now a fantasy. Companies big and small, old or new, resort to mass layoffs not to save their business – but to become more profitable and appear more attractive to potential investors, while preserving earnings for existing ones. In short, investors > employees.
  3. Many corporate jobs are bullshit jobs, wherein they exist only because of inefficiencies, hierarchy preservation, or just to tick boxes. If your office job belongs to any of these: flunkies, goons, duct-tapers, box-tickers, or taskmasters – you’re most likely working a soul-sucking job.
  4. Lastly, corporate office jobs don’t sound sexy anymore. You know what does? Work-from-home.

I could go on, but it would take a book. What’s more important for you to know is that you too, can participate in the digital economy. Of course, not everyone at the same instant can pivot their careers into digital economy jobs – you can’t, for example, surgically operate on a patient while working from home (yet).

But you could be one of those people tired of working a job that’s dependent on where the job needs to be done. And you might be interested to know what these high-paying, work-from-anywhere jobs are.

What the Data Actually Says on Remote Work

An August 2022 HBR article, Who Gets to Work in the Digital Economy, revealed insightful data on the rise of remote work. This article was written through a joint effort by researchers coming from Microsoft Research, the University of Missouri, and the LinkedIn U.S. economic graph team. These contributors are namely, Scott Counts, Siddharth Suri, Alaysia Brown, Brian Xu, and Sharat Raghavan – and here’s what they found:

  • More remote work opportunities are now available on job boards: “More generally,” the contributors wrote, “an analysis we conducted of LinkedIn job postings showed that in February 2020, only 2.3% of U.S. paid job postings offered remote work…By February 2022, 19.5% of U.S. paid job postings offered remote work…” Interest on these remote work opportunities also rose – from attracting just 19.5% of applicants in February 2020, to 49.7% in February 2022.
  • Interest in digital economy jobs surged following the onset of the pandemic: “In the two years prior to the pandemic, interest in these digital economy jobs was nearly flat, with a growth rate of an additional 1% of all job searches [on Bing] approximately every 14 months. In response to the pandemic, interest in digital economy jobs jumped 15%.”
  • Job searches for digital economy jobs have become less geographically concentrated: “The gap in interest between rural and urban counties shrunk to just 30% of what it was pre-pandemic…Furthermore, these job searches [on Bing] have become far less geographically concentrated. For example, in February 2020, digital economy job searches accounted for more than one-third of all job searches in only 44% of all job searches in only 44% of small urban and rural counties…Two years later, in February of 2022, that percentage had jumped to 72%."

The analysis done by these researchers may only cover Bing and LinkedIn, but it’s a clear indication that the pandemic opened up opportunities for people from almost any location to apply for digital economy jobs.

Here are 10 digital economy jobs that will most likely allow you to work from anywhere.

(Note: Majority of median salaries reported below are sourced from Indeed.)

1. Project Manager

  • Similar Job Titles: Project Administrator, Project Planner, Scheduler, Project Procurement Manager, Project Quality Manager, Project Director, Delivery Manager, PMO Manager
  • The Job: A project manager is responsible for planning and managing the execution of a project from start to finish. Leads a project team, creates a budget and timeline for project completion, and ensures that the project is progressing accordingly (Indeed Editorial Team).
  • Median Salary: $116,000 annually in the U.S., ₱39,000 monthly in the Philippines.

2. Healthcare Professional

  • Similar Job Titles: Registered Nurse, Physician, Medical Consultant, Patient Care Coordinator, Case Manager
  • The Job: A Patient Care Coordinator works with healthcare professionals, medical staff, and patients to manage a patient’s healthcare plan. Often acts on behalf of the disabled or elderly to communicate with doctors and nurses, and educates patients about their conditions, helps them contact healthcare practitioners, and monitors overall progress (Indeed).
  • Median Salary: $77,500 annually in the U.S., ₱28,000 monthly in the Philippines.
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3. Virtual Assistant

  • Similar Job Titles: Administrative Assistant, Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant, Administrative Technician, Personal Assistant, Department Coordinator, Office Administrator, Executive Clerk, Admin Specialist
  • The Job: A virtual assistant offers a range of administrative services to businesses from a remote location, which can include answering phones, organizing meetings, and managing events. Some assistants also provide digital support such as website and social media management.
  • Median Salary: $36,000 annually in the U.S., ₱28,000 monthly in the Philippines.

4. Graphic Designer

  • Similar Job Titles: UX Designer, UI Designer, Multimedia Designer, Animator, Art Director, Layout Artist, Product Designer, Design Manager, Creative Lead, Marketing Designer
  • The Job: Graphic designers create visual content in digital form. They might work on advertisements, newsletters, publications, digital media, film, web or app design, product packaging, or interior or architect designs. Other responsibilities might include: selecting fonts, colors and photos for layouts, designing logos, using software to create illustrations, turning data and ideas into images, and presenting designs to clients or managers (Indeed).
  • Median Salary: $54,000 annually in the U.S., ₱26,000 monthly in the Philippines.

5. E-Learning Specialist

  • Similar Job Titles: E-Learning Developer, Learning Designer, Instructional Designer, Learning Technologist, Learning Experience Developer, Digital Learning Specialist, Digital Learning Consultant, Learning Management Systems (LMS) Specialist, Learning & Development Specialist, Learning Strategist
  • The Job: Instructional designers are education professionals who create engaging and successful learning systems. They reshape curriculums and develop resources for students and teachers. Some responsibilities might include: developing instructional learning materials, assessing and redesigning the learning process, evaluating online learning resources, monitoring feedback on educational programs, and training others on implementing innovations in learning processes and materials (Indeed).
  • Median Salary: $66,000 annually in the U.S., ₱40,000 monthly in the Philippines.

6. Application Developer

  • Similar Job Titles: Web Developer, Software Engineer, Software Developer, Front End Developer, Programmer, Java Developer, IOS Developer, Python Developer, SQL Developer, Android Developer, .NET Developer, Game Developer, Full-Stack Developer, React Developer, C# Developer
  • The Job: Application developers design, create, deploy, and update programs for a particular device, the web or a specific operating system. They typically specialize in one area of development, for example, mobile phone applications. They work in almost every industry and are involved in performing routine updates on applications and releasing them to end-users (Indeed Editorial Team).
  • Median Salary: $87,000 annually in the U.S., ₱41,000 monthly in the Philippines.

7. Solutions Engineer

  • Similar Job Titles: Solutions Architect, Sales Engineer, Solutions Engineering Manager, Solutions Consultant, System Engineer, Cloud Engineer, Solutions Specialist, Enterprise Engineer, Technical Support Engineer, Solutions Designer
  • The Job: A solutions engineer is a salesperson who uses extensive technical knowledge to sell software solutions to clients. He works alongside other sales team members to present products to clients and answer any technical questions they may have. He also maintains a professional relationship with clients to learn the challenges they’re facing and implement updates according to those needs (Indeed).
  • Median Salary: $108,000 annually in the U.S., ₱85,000 monthly in the Philippines.

8. Digital Marketing Specialist

  • Similar Job Titles: Digital Strategist, SEO Specialist, Digital Marketer, Online Marketer, Internet Marketing Specialist, Paid Search Specialist, Marketing Analyst, Marketing Coordinator, Marketing Consultant, Promotions Manager, Brand Manager, Brand Strategist, Content Marketing Specialist, Content Strategist, Content Writer
  • The Job: Digital Marketing Specialists are responsible for helping maintain a brand by working on marketing campaigns. Their responsibilities include: performing market research, strategizing with other marketing professionals, and creating content to aid in the success of marketing campaigns. SEO Specialists on the other hand are those who help companies optimize their websites for search engines. They do not usually build websites on their own, but instead analyze existing content and implement changes that will help the website rank higher on search engine result pages (Indeed).
  • Median Salary: $54,000 annually in the U.S., ₱43,000 monthly in the Philippines.

9. Cybersecurity Specialist

  • Similar Job Titles: Information Security Analyst, Penetration Tester, Data Recovery Professional, Network Security Engineer, Cryptographer, Chief Information Security Officer, Security Engineer, Cybersecurity Scrum Master, Cloud Security Architect, Cyber Insurance Policy Specialist, Cybersecurity Auditor, Cybersecurity Risk Analyst, Cyber Operations Specialist, Digital Forensics Analyst, Disaster Recovery Specialist, Ethical Hacker, Incident Responder, Intrusion Detection Analyst, Malware Analyst, Network Security Administrator, Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst
  • The Job: A cybersecurity specialist is an information technology professional whose primary function is to maintain the safety of an organization’s software and network security system. This work entails creating, testing, implementing, and analyzing the effectiveness of various security systems. A cybersecurity specialist also maintains effective communication skills to train new employees and generate written reports for organization administrators on the organization’s security status (Indeed Editorial Team).
  • Median Salary: $71,000 annually in the U.S., ₱46,000 monthly in the Philippines.

10. Customer Success Manager

  • Similar Job Titles: Services Delivery Manager, Chief Customer Officer, Client Services Manager, Customer Service Manager, Customer Onboarding Specialist, Growth Executive, Renewal Manager, Service Design Manager
  • The Job: A customer success manager (CSM) works with a company’s customers or clients to ensure they have what they need to meet their goals. A CSM guides a customer’s companies through the sales process and into the support process. He also develops relationships to promote customer loyalty, and helps improve a customer’s dissatisfaction with the company or a particular product (Indeed).
  • Median Salary: $98,000 annually in the U.S., ₱46,000 monthly in the Philippines.

Honorable Mentions

There are so many digital economy jobs to choose from that almost anyone coming from any industry can pivot themselves to digital. Here are some honorable mentions that would make it on any other list:

  • Sales Specialist
  • CAD Designer
  • Online Tutor
  • Medical Coder
  • Data Entry Specialist
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Transcriptionist
  • Accountant
  • Management Consultant

Don’t Be Trapped by Your Limited Perspective

When all you’ve known your whole career is working in an office setting or working at a plant, warehouse, or any other walled facility, it can both be difficult and awkward to suddenly change your mindset. But don’t worry – your fears and doubts are completely rational, as was the case for many who had to suddenly take their work home with them, when the lockdowns began in 2020.

The problem with some people is that they resist the very idea that their job can be done no matter what the location is – as long as the minimum availability of resources, such as internet connectivity and electricity, is met. While there has been evidence that collaboration (especially unplanned, organic collaboration) has taken a hit for an organization that works remotely, this can be addressed in many ways such as promoting weekly face-to-face meetings or offsite meetups.

What you can do to participate in the digital economy is to break away from your limited perspective. I used to believe that because I came from a mechanical engineering background, I had closed myself off to the possibility of working a digital economy job. But I’ve since learned the opposite to be true, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic – seeing peers find fully remote engineering design jobs or consultancy jobs.

If there would be one takeaway from all of the above, let it be this: there are more skills in your toolkit than you realize, and sometimes it’s only a matter of taking advantage of what you already have and finding the right opportunity. Go find yourself a digital economy job!

© 2022 Greg de la Cruz

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