11 fast-growing jobs that offer flexibility: Some pay over $99,000 a year

Jobs like marriage and family therapist, statistician, and nurse practitioner are expected to grow.


Among the fastest growing occupations over the next 10 or so years are wind turbine service technician, physical therapist aids, and animal caretaker, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

With the coronavirus pandemic changing the nature of work for millions, many people are looking not only for jobs with longevity but also for ones with flexibility, like the ability to work remotely. Three-quarters of employees say they want to keep working remotely at least some of the time and 54% said they want to work remotely full time, according to an IBM survey of 25,000 U.S. adults.

Flexible jobs board FlexJobs compared BLS data for fastest growing jobs with its own data to determine which fast-growing jobs also tend to offer more flexibility, including remote, part-time, or freelance opportunities. Here are 11 fast-growing, flexible occupations from their list, along with median pay for each from the BLS.

Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselor

These counselors treat people with mental health or behavioral issues, eating disorders, alcoholism, or drug abuse. They help them overcome their problems and addictions by evaluating their afflictions, charting recovery paths, and helping them develop skills and behavior to recover.

These positions often require at least a bachelor's degree, and counselors must be licensed by their state.

Expected growth: 24.7% through 2029
Median pay: $46,240 per year

Marriage and family therapist

Marriage and family therapists help couples and families solve problems by enabling them to open up about their feelings, guiding them through decision-making, and giving them behavioral tools to cope with what lies ahead.

Marriage and family therapists need a master's degree in psychology, and all states require therapists to be licensed.

Expected growth: 22.3% through 2029
Median pay: $49,610 per year

Film and video editor

Film and video editors prepare video content for film, television, commercials, music videos, social media channels, digital platforms, and so on. They may work with a director or producer to complete the project.

Video editors typically need a bachelor's degree in their field.

Expected growth: 21.6% through 2029
Median wage: $63,780 per year

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Speech-language pathologist

Speech-language pathologists help children and adults overcome communication and swallowing disorders by evaluating speech, language, and swallowing difficulty, identifying treatment options, and teaching patients how to improve their speech and strengthen muscles.

Speech-language pathologies typically need a master's degree in their field, and some states require a license.

Expected growth: 24.9% through 2029
Median pay: $79,120 per year

Genetic counselor

Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for inherited disorders or birth defects by interviewing them to get a sense of family history, presenting testing options to understand risks better, and writing consultation reports to inform patients and physicians.

Genetic counselors typically need a master's degree in their field and a certification.

Expected growth: 21.5% through 2029
Median pay: $81,880 per year

Operations research analyst

Operations research analysts collect data to help organizations solve problems. They collect information from computer databases and company histories, devise solutions using statistical simulations, and ultimately advise upper management about the best course of action for the company and its output.

These positions typically require a bachelor's degree, including coursework in statistics, calculus, and linear algebra.

Expected growth: 24.8% through 2029
Median pay: $84,810 per year


Statisticians gather and analyze data about a given field, such as business or medicine, using math skills to theorize about future scenarios and solve problems in those fields.

Statistician positions typically require a master's degree in mathematics.

Expected growth: 34.6% through 2029
Median pay: $91,160 per year

Data scientist

Like statisticians, data scientists use data to help organizations like businesses and governments achieve their goals. They design processes to extrapolate data then analyze it and present it to their organizations.  

Most employers prefer data scientists to have a master's degree in their field.

Expected growth: 30.9% through 2029
Median wage: $94,280 per year

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Information security analyst

Information security analysts keep their organizations' computer networks and systems safe by monitoring them for security breaches, installing safety software like firewalls, and testing said software for vulnerabilities.

Most employers prefer security analysts have a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field.

Expected growth: 31.2% through 2029
Median pay: $99,730 per year

Software developer and quality assurance analyst

Software developers create software for computers and smartphones to meet the needs of users like businesses and individuals. Quality assurance analysts ensure this software is functioning properly by testing it out and making sure bugs have been removed before it is used by clients.

Software developers and quality assurance analysts are typically required to have a bachelor's degree.

Expected growth: 21.5% through 2029
Median wage: $107,510 per year

Nurse practitioner

Nurse practitioners treat illness in patients independently or as part of a health care team. They interpret tests like X-rays, prescribe medication, and work to prevent disease in their patients.

Nurse practitioners are required to have at least a master's in their field and must receive a registered nursing license from their state.

Expected growth: 52.4% through 2029
Median wage: $109,820 per year 

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