Want to join the ranks of pajama professionals? Yes, the economy is still suffering, but thanks in large part to the digital revolution, it's easier than ever to launch a work-from-home career that pays well.
One in 4 workers now does some or all of a job at home, an increase of 300 percent since 2005, according to the U.S. Census. "It's all about 'return on investment,' " says social media and careers expert and author Dan Schawbel. "Just get the work done, and if productivity goes up, which it often does at home, then who cares about showing up?"
To be sure, many bosses who came of age before the era of remote digital work may require extra reassurance. "The best way to become a remote worker is to prove yourself first and then ask for it," Schawbel says. And, if you want to be promoted, you'll have to build in some face time with the boss.
But certain professions are more amenable to telecommuters in the digital age. With the help of Schawbel and studies conducted by CareerBuilder, as well as data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, AOL Jobs has found the six best careers -- those with ample opportunities -- for people who want to work from home.
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