3 remote jobs you may not have considered.

Richard Branson predicted that, “One day, offices will be a thing of the past,” and it’s clear that day is approaching. Each year, more people attracted to the flexibility and freedom of remote work pull the plug on the office. And even more want to. According to recent research, 27% of Americans are interested in becoming a remote worker in the next year.

Luckily for aspiring remote workers, there are plentiful high-paying, totally legit remote jobs. If you are a globetrotter, office-hater, or independent soul looking for a route towards working from wherever, here are three remote opportunities that you may not have considered yet:

1. Interface designer.

Why you might not have considered it:

There’s confusion around what designers do, even for people who work around them. What does ‘design’ entail? Is it art? Is it science? Why are there so many sticky notes everywhere? It’s hard for someone to aspire to be a designer (or know if they could be qualified) if it’s not totally clear what they do.

Why you should:

Interface design makes the #1 spot on our list because designers are in a sweet spot. They don’t need all the technicals skills of a software engineer. But since they’re doing high-value work in tech, they’re still benefitting from the high salaries getting thrown around in that sector. (The average salary for an interface designer in NYC is $101,000.)

On top of that, interface design is one of the most learnable skills that can easily be turned into high-paying remote gigs—or a salary.

2. Professional photographer.

Why you might not have considered it:

Living in the age of smart phones means the whole world takes photos. Approximately 1/5 people self-identify as a photographer. It can be understandably difficult to believe that many people still make a solid living working a camera.

Why you should:

Although there are tons of amateur photographers, the world of paying photography is still safely reserved for professionals (mostly). As online content drives more and more sales, there is rising demand for professional photos, and services like Snappr are making it easier than ever for freelance photographers to find work. And, of course, there are also still plenty of full-time photography positions.

As an added bonus, professional photography skills can sometimes prompt big perks. Everybody wants nice photos of their event or property, so achieving the status of ‘the photographer’ can mean attending exclusive parties, getting backstage, and even staying for free at hotels.

Finally, there are opportunities to use your professional photography skills to generate passive income. You can list your photos on sites like Shutterstock, rent out your gear to other photographers, and sell your editing presets.

3. Programmer.

Why you might not have considered it:

Common concerns about programming are that it sounds boring, difficult, and hard to learn. There’s also the idea that programming is only for the true nerds and that all professional software developers start coding when they were 12 years old—or, at least got a Computer Science degree.

Why you should:

In the last 50 years, computers languages have gotten MUCH more “high-level” (closer to English than computer-ese). Code has changed faster than public perception, which means learning to talk to computers is easier to learn than most people think.

As for being boring? It totally depends what you’re working on. As an app developer, you could work on Angry Birds, Tinder, or an app that helps stop sex trafficking. And, depending on your team and your company there are dozens of different tasks you might find yourself doing within each of those apps.

The nice part is that since coders are in such high demand, you’ll probably have freedom in what you choose to work on. So, not choosing something boring is up to you. Plus, if a job is paying you six figures while letting you travel the world, you might  be more inclined to perceive it as interesting.

Finally, you definitely don’t need a degree to be a professional coder. According to Stack Overflow, nearly half of developers are self taught.

If you’re interested in learning one of these remote skills or exploring other remote options, check out our complete list of Work from Anywhere skills.

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