Tech Dominates Best Jobs and Remote Tech Pros Prove Their Worth

By Chelsea Babin

Top technical professionals are in high demand in 2018 but they’re also in some of the best jobs available in the United States, according to a recently published Best Jobs list by Indeed. For a job to qualify for this list, it must have an average base salary of $75,000 or better and have available job opportunities with an abundance of listings. From Full Stack Developer to Computer Vision Engineer to Machine Learning Engineer, three of the top 5 best jobs are IT positions. Additionally, jobs like Data Scientist, Development Operations Engineer, Agile Coach, Product Owner, and User Experience Researcher all made it in the top 25 jobs in the U.S.

This means that, according to Indeed, roughly one-third of the best 25 jobs in the United States are tech positions. Companies are searching high and low for available technical talent and one of the few ways to draw them in is to offer a competitive salary, which is why so many technical positions ended up on Indeed’s list. But another way to draw in the best talent and to get the most out of your technical talent is to offer fully remote positions or partial telecommuting.

According to a new study from GitLab, technical professionals may be more productive and outshine in-office teams. They found that 67% of remote tech pros felt like they’re more aware of what other teams or developers are working on, while only 56% of in-office developers felt the same way. Because remote teams may feel more inclined to discussed what they’re working on, their collaboration is often improved. GitLab found that, “overall, remote teams report higher levels of satisfaction than those working in-office, including higher levels of visibility, better insight into the development process, and a strong DevOps culture.”

And, because remote workers are able to save time and money commuting, offering telecommuting or partial telecommuting can help companies who are unable to keep up with rapidly rising IT salary rates attract the best talent. According to a new study by SimpleTexting that examined data from a variety of sources such as Census data and the U.S. Bureau of Statistics to discover how much time and money can be saved working from home, workers in the DFW area can save about 115 hours and $256 per year and workers in the LA area can save about 130 hours and $255 per year by working remotely.

While technical professionals can look forward to some of the best jobs available in the U.S., many are searching for opportunities to improve their work-life balance. And, because remote teams are more productive and communicative than their in-office counter parts, there has never been a better reason to offer fully remote or partial telecommuting if you want to attract and retain top technical talent.