What Does 2017 Hold for the World of Flexible Work?

What Does 2017 Hold for the World of Flexible Work?
From Recruiter - February 1, 2017

Will2017 be the year that flexible work finally becomes the norm?

While flexible work arrangements have been steadily gaining acceptance over the past few years, standard schedules still prevail. However, that could change this year, according to Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of flexible work job board FlexJobs.

The eight-hour workday seems to be on its way out, with 63 percent of workers expecting it to become obsolete. Sixty-eight percent of workers also expect to start working remotely instead of commuting to an office every day.

Those are workers expectations, not hopes or wishes, Sutton Fell says. As the job market continues to strengthen, workers are in a better position to ask for what they want from their current employer or find a new one that will better support their needs.

Over the past decade, the number of people doing freelance and contract work has increased by roughly 10 million. In fact, temporary and freelance jobs increased faster than overall employment.

Freelance opportunities are still growing quickly, so employees who hold traditional jobs should consider what the freelance job market may hold for them, Sutton Fell says.What workers really need to do is learn more about what it takes to be a successful freelancer so they can set themselves up to be a in a good position should they decide to go down that path.

Overall, Sutton Fell expects flexible work will continue to grow in importance in 2017 for both employers and employees.

Its not getting any easier for people to juggle all their life responsibilities, so professionals will continue to seek out flexible work options to find jobs that better fit their lives, she explains. And employers are also feeling the benefits of offering flexible work options, such as reduced turnover and improved productivity, so employer support is also growing for flexible work.

20 Flexible Jobs With High Growth Potential for 2017

Given that 2017 is shaping up to be a great year for flexible work, it may be time for employees to start looking atflexible work options and for employers to start offering them.

In that spirit, FlexJobs recently compiled a list of 20 flexible jobs with high growth potential for 2017. The list was arrived at by cross-referencing Cheat Sheets 10 Jobs That Will Be Hiring Like Crazy in 2017 and Fast Companys Jobs With the Most Potential in 2017 with FlexJobs database of flexible work options.

Heres the full list:

1. Account Executive

Account executives work in a variety of industries and are tasked with building client relationships, identifying new clients, and maintaining accounts.

2. Account Manager

Account managers are responsible for maintaining client relationships, monitoring market trends, evaluating appropriate solutions, and sales.

3. Business Development

Business development professionals are hired by a variety of companies to identify opportunities for sales, partnerships, and other business expansion areas.

4. Business Process Analyst

Tohelp improve processes, implement projects, troubleshoot problem areas, and create new or existing systems, companies hire business process analysts. Industries like technology, healthcare, and science regularly have job openings for business process analysts.

5. Client Services Coordinator

Client services coordinators are hired to support client needs, address and resolve issues, and advocate for clients. All sorts of industries, like healthcare, technology, veterinary, and real estate, offer client services positions.

6. Data Scientist

Data science is a quickly-growing field where professionals are hired to gather, process, and analyze large datasets, build learning models, and make recommendations based on their findings.

7. Financial Analyst

Financial analysts work with business units to perform analysis and reporting of financial data and make recommendations for financial action. Common tasks include product pricing, data evaluation, trend monitoring, case management, and budget reviews.


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