Some technologists never want to go back to the office again. After 15 months of remote work, they’ve grown used to the home office and flexible schedules. Fortunately, a new analysis suggests there are many tech roles with numerous remote/WFH job openings.
As part of its monthly technologist employment breakdown, CompTIA analyzed data from Burning Glass, a database of millions of job postings from across the country, to generate a list of the top tech positions and top states for remote/work-from-home job postings. Here it is:
For those who want to work from home permanently, there’s good news here: A wide variety of technologist roles have remote-work openings. A decade ago, it might have been unthinkable for a job like database administrator or sysadmin to be all-remote; but with significant advances in cloud technology and broadband, along with highly specialized tools, it’s now possible for technologists to effectively administer their company’s tech stack from their couch.
One big question, though, is whether most employers will prove amenable to allowing technologists to work all-remote, especially when (hopefully) COVID-19 finally dies down. According to a July paper by researchers Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, and Steven J. Davis, 40 percent of workers said they’d leave their current employment if their bosses made them come back to the office full-time. That could throw a serious wrench in any company plans to get rid of permanent remote work.
“Some employers are willing and able to accommodate those desires [for remote work], and some are not,” the paper added. “As a result, many workers are re-sorting across employers and into jobs that better suit their preferences over working arrangements. As that process plays out, it will push up quit rates. It will also drive high job opening rates, as employers contend with the need for a higher-than-normal pace of replacement hires.”
According to Dice’s 2021 Technologist Sentiment Report, a majority of technologists want to work remotely 2-4 days per week. For those who want to work remotely all the time, CompTIA’s new data makes it clear there are plenty of openings for those folks, as well.