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3 STEM careers that let you work from home

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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STEM careers that let you work from home are more abundant and in a wider variety of industries than most people realise. All they need is you!

Registered Nurse

Helping patients as a nurse doesn't always mean heading into the hospital for overnight shifts. Many nursing positions, such as case managers or hotline nurses who answer patients' questions over the phone, have the advantage of being able to telecommute.

To secure one of these STEM careers that let you work from home, you'll need to obtain an associate degree in nursing, then get a licence as a registered nurse, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Either route will take about four years.

These positions earn a median salary of US$60,000 per year.

Online Maths or Science Teacher

You'll likely need a few years in the classroom first, but virtual teachers are becoming more sought after each year, especially in STEM fields.

These jobs offer lots of flexibility, as the grade levels can range from elementary school through college, and the hours also differ. You may be a tutor or work a full school week, depending on the exact position. Because you're teaching virtually, strong communication and time management skills are essential.

You will need a teaching degree and some experience in a normal school before pursuing this career. The median salary nationally is about US$35,000.

Technical Support Representative

Have a telephone and an Internet connection? Then this could be one of the best STEM careers that allows you to work from home.

Companies often hire technical support personnel to help either their employees or their customers with issues. When someone calls with a problem, the technical support representative gives them step-by-step instructions to resolve it, ranging from installing software applications to resolving username and password trouble.

College degrees are often not required beyond a high school diploma, although customer service experience is often preferred. Technical support representatives who are not in call centres may need an associate's or bachelor's degree in computer science and a higher computer proficiency. The national median salary for this job is US$30,420.

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