Remote jobs boomed during the pandemic and many employees discovered that these allow them a great work-life balance and no longer want to go back to their cubicles in downtown office buildings.
The good news for many workers is they don’t have to go back.
Employers who were able to cut down on office space and bring in more highly-qualified workers by offering remote working conditions during the pandemic made a discovery of their own during the past year.
Letting people work from home allows a business to recruit from a larger pool and fill much-needed positions with top talent.
If you’re one of those self-driven workers who can set your own routine and stick to it from a home office and you love being able to drink your own coffee and dress casually, then you’re in luck. Canada is entering a golden age for remote workers.
Here’s how to land those good-paying, remote jobs.
The first thing to do when looking for a remote job is to be ready for it. Create your home office ahead of time. Set yourself up with a fully-equipped office in a part of your home free of distractions and noise.
Ensure you have video-conferencing capability, a headset and microphone and webcam. Get a comfortable, ergonomic office chair. If you drink coffee, get your favourite mug. Buy enough pens, paper, paper clips and the software you’ll need to do the job – and get yourself a decent telecommunications package suitable for the job you’ll be doing.
Then, pick from any of these jobs based on your qualifications and aptitudes.
Software engineer (NOC 2173)
The top mean wage for software engineers in Canada is found in Alberta where these salaries can hit $125,000 per year based on a standard workweek.
Software engineers research, design, evaluate, integrate and maintain software applications, technical environments, operating systems, embedded software, information warehouses and telecommunications software. They are employed by IT consulting or research and development firms or can be self-employed.
Accountant (NOC 1111)
A good accountant in Ontario in Central Canada can earn up to $118,000 per year.
These are the professionals who prepare financial statements, provide financial advice, and ensure a company is on budget and its operating expenses are in line with its revenues.
Digital marketer (NOC 1123)
In Alberta, digital marketing coordinators can take home up to $112,500 annually based on a standard 37.5-hour work week.
Digital marketers finesse social media campaigns and web content and use e-mail and other online tools and strategies to attract customers for their clients. Think search engine rankings, blog and advertising strategies. Their skills are scalable and so they can work for both small businesses and large corporations.
Registered nurse (NOC 3012)
Although registered nurses rarely work standard hours, their top earnings in Canada would work out to $98,650 annually if they were based on a 37.5-hour work week.
Registered nurses provide direct nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs and provide consultative services regarding issues relevant to the practice of nursing. Although traditionally employed in hospitals and nursing homes, the arrival of online and telecare nursing services has allowed many nurses to work from home, offering their expertise to patients over the phone.
Freelance writer (NOC 5121)
The earnings of writers are all over the map but this can be a highly lucrative occupation for disciplined professionals with top earners in Canada in the province of Alberta making up to $97,500 annually.
Writers plan, research and write books, scripts, storyboards, plays, essays, speeches, manuals, specifications and other non-journalistic articles for publication or presentation. They can work for advertising agencies, governments, large corporations, private consulting firms, publishing firms, or multimedia/new-media companies – or they can be self-employed.
Freelance translator (NOC 5125)
Top-earning translators in Ontario earn up to $93,000 per year based on a standard work week.
Being a bilingual country that welcomes immigrants from all over the world and that also exports globally, Canada is home to many translators. These people translate written material from one language to another and are employed by governments, private translation and interpretation agencies, in-house translation services, large private corporations, international organizations and the media.
Project managers (NOC 1221)
The best spot in Canada for non-technical project managers is Alberta where these professionals can earn up to $87,200 annually based on a standard work week.
Project managers oversee and implement administrative procedures, establish work priorities, conduct analyses of operations and ensure there are enough office space, supplies and security services. They also prepare budgets, maintain inventories, and assemble and prepare reports, manuals and handle correspondence and they can also and usually do supervise staff.
Graphic designer (NOC 5241)
In Canada, graphic designers earn up to $79,700 per year based on the standard 37.5-hour work week.
These are the people who conceptualize and produce graphic art and visual materials to effectively communicate information for publications, advertising, films, packaging, posters, signs and interactive media such as websites and CDs.
They tend to be hired by advertising and graphic design firms or companies with advertising or communications departments and multimedia production companies.
Tutor (NOC 4216)
The top mean annual earnings for tutors in Canada is in British Columbia where they can rake in up to $67,000 based on a standard work week.
Remote tutors can teach students of any age in any subject, ranging from English as a second language to biochemistry and use video chatting applications and teaching software to connect with students all over the world in one-on-one or group settings. Some create their own lesson plans; others teach from a specific program.
Travel agent (NOC 6521)
In many provinces in Canada, a top-earning travel agent can make up to $65,000 per year.
As the pandemic subsides and people yearn to see new and exotic locales again, travel agents will make travel arrangements, create schedules and provide advice about vacations and business trips to clients and coordinate flights, hotels and entertainment for passengers all over the world. Remote travel agents can work for large agencies that need employees in multiple time zones.