While many people wanting to work from home haven’t gone to college, there are just as many of you who have and want to put your university degree to work. You worked so hard to get it, after all, and no matter what field you studied, that degree has value. In today’s post, we’re talking about remote jobs that require a bachelor’s degree – or at least prefer one. In many cases, these jobs won’t be directly tied to one field of study. Instead, the company is simply looking for a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in any subject. Many of these jobs offer hourly rates more than minimum wage as well!
Online English Tutoring
If you are a native (or fluent) English speaker, you’re eligible to teach English as a second language – conversationally – to people online. Many English tutoring companies accept applicants with a bachelor's degree in any subject. With a college degree in English, English as a Second Language (ESL), or Education (with a teaching certificate), you have even more online English tutoring options available to you.
To tutor English online, you’ll need a home computer with high-speed Internet access, a webcam, and a headset with microphone. The company you work with will most likely provide you with training materials and all your lesson plans for your students.
Opportunities for Online English Tutoring:
- Qkids – Teach Chinese children between the ages of 5 and 12! To get started with your application, you’ll need to submit an introduction video.
- SayABC – With SayABC, you can earn up to $21 per hour for 40 minutes of your time! You also have complete freedom to set your own hours.
- Rosetta Stone – As an English Online Language Tutor with Rosetta Stone, you'll need to pass their voice audition process before helping students study in Englis in small online sessions. They also prefer you to have 3-5 years of teaching experience.
As a Virtual Assistant, you’ll find that higher education opens you up to opportunities that may not be as easily available for others. Also, those skills you learned in college – meeting deadlines, researching and writing, communication and presentation skills, etc. – can give you the foundational experience you need to become a proactive and efficient Executive Assistant, an organized Project Manager, a creative Social Media Manager, or wear any other of a dozen hats you may find are part of being a Virtual Assistant.
In order for the Virtual Assistant life to be viable to you, you should have high-speed Internet access on your home computer, be able to make long-distance phone calls, and an eagerness to learn new skills.
Opportunities to work as a Virtual Assistant:
- BELAY – Work full-time with Belay and set your own hours – you can even work over 40 hours per week, if that's your thing! You’ll need to pass a skills assessment in the application process.
- Red Butler – They offer travel service as well as executive assistants. When filling out their application, you'll need to provide answers to two test scenarios in their application.
Test scoring is one of those industries where you need to be highly educated with solid reading skills and a dedication to quality in order to land a remote position. In some cases, companies hiring Readers/Evaluators or Scorers also want people who have performed well – or would be able to perform well – on the standardized tests that you’re evaluating (like the SAT, ACT, or Praxis).
To qualify for these positions, you must have a college degree and a secure home computer. You’ll usually have to pass a scoring test as well.
Opportunities for Test Scoring:
- Measurement Incorporated – A carefully vetted team of Readers and Evaluators is Measurement Inc's pride when it comes to the test scoring industry, and they hire seasonally on a project-by-project basis. This is a fan favorite job among my community!
- Pearson – Temporary Scoring Positions at home are available throughout the year at Pearson; they're also a company dedicated to helping its employees achieve a healthy work-life balance.
- ETS – You get to set your own hours with ETS and should be aware it's a part-time position – scorers are scheduled according to their availability when there are tests to be evaluated.
When most folks look for online tutoring – often for their children, sometimes for themselves, if they’re in college – they look for the person with the best credentials related to the subject they’re teaching. If you need to be tutored in history, you want help from either a history teacher or at least someone with a college degree in history, right? Companies who hire tutors tend to think so as well, and require their prospective employees or independent contractors to hold specific degrees. And if you’re tutoring adults or kids to take certain standardized tests, you often must have scored very high on that test to qualify as a tutor.
- Revolution Prep – If you have expertise in science, languages, or higher level math, Revolution Prep has a strong need of your services! They also require a Bachelor's degree but prefer an advanced degree as well – and would like you to commit to at least one year of full-time employment with them.
- Kaplan – If you feel strongly about the value of academia and have tested in the 90th percentile or higher for the various standardized tests you'd like to teach prep for, Kaplan may have a place for you!
Translators, Linguists & Interpreters
Working as a translator, linguist, or interpreter takes some pretty refined language skills: unless you’ve been bilingual from childhood, you’ve probably studied languages in university to develop the requisite advanced skills in languages other than your native tongue. When a company needs someone for the incredibly important jobs of translating text or speech, or someone needs an interpreter fast, you want someone who has dedicated years of study to the languages in question. This industry doesn’t even have to involve languages outside English – perhaps you’re a linguist who has studied language impairments, and so can offer your services a Speech-Language Pathologist – when you’ve studied language, the remote employment opportunities are wide-ranging and varied!
Opportunities for Translators, Linguists, and Interpreters:
- VocoVision – If you've worked in a school district before, VocoVision is hiring remote Speech-Language Pathologists to help students by evaluating, assessing, and diagnosing speech, voice, hearing, and language impairments.
- Appen – If you're interested in contributing to pronunciation guides for regional English accents, developing natural language processing code for your native language, or even doing voice data collection, check out the openings at Appen!
One of the hottest industries in remote work right now is accounting and bookkeeping – the sheer number of startups and small businesses that are starting and growing every day means a ridiculous number of business owners who just don’t really want to spend time trying to learn how to do their own finances. Time is money, and most people would rather make more of it doing what they do best while hiring a skilled and educated accountant to ensure their financials are sorted. In order to feel comfortable turning their books over to a remote accountant, of course, they’ll want to make sure you have a degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field. There’s good money to be made here!
Opportunities for Accounting:
- Addison Group – As a job placement facilitator, Addison Group has recruiters specializing in placing people in Finance and Accounting positions, and will help you find a job with a focus on everything from AP/AR Professionals to Collections and Billing specialists.
- 1-800 Accountant – Work directly with clients at 1-800 Accountant in positions like Remote Accountant: Tax, where you'll need CPA certification (or EA license), at least 2-5 years of experience preparing tax returns, and experience in entity structuring for startups.
Even if you aren’t interested in one of the above fields – or a job in your field of study – many of my followers have said they feel like their degree makes them a stronger and more appealing work-from-home applicant. If you have a degree, you should be proud and leverage it at every opportunity. If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Sound off with your degrees below, and tell me what type of remote job you’re looking for!