Qualified work from home jobs (or telecommuting/remote jobs) are not that unusual anymore. Instead, the demand for the option to work remotely has become a trend. Modern technology, especially computer, cloud computing and the internet with high-speed connectivity, make that possible. Since information technology provides the means for remote working, the question of whether it is also an option for IT professionals is obvious.
Which IT-related tasks can be performed from home/remotely?
Technically, most of the everyday IT-utilizing tasks can be performed remotely – provided that necessary hardware is in place and the adequate infrastructure and procedures for authentication and encryption are in place. The latter is especially important to ensure computer, information, and cybersecurity: Remote working opportunities must be secure to not endanger the employer’s business by making it more accessible to hacking and other cyber-attacks.
There are a few exemptions: When physical access to hardware other than the individual’s own is necessary (e.g. server rooms), the respective IT staff of course needs to be on-site or at least be able to directly communicate with somebody on-site.
Availability of remote/work from home jobs in information technology
If you are looking for work from home/remote jobs as an IT professional, look out for job titles like these – as can currently be found on internet job portals:
- Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Network Analyst
- Systems Administrator, Systems Engineer
- Cloud Operations Administrator
- IT Support
- SAP Basis Administrator
- Linus Administrator
- Cisco Voice Engineer
- Azure PAAS Architect
- .NET Developer
- Network Operations Coordinator
- DevOps Engineer
- Technical Project Manager
- AWS Architect
- Database Engineer
Look for job titles like these in combination with typical keywords like:
- Work from home
Could working from home/remotely be an option for you?
There are various reasons why some people prefer to work from home or – generally – on a remote basis. Maybe you
- have a particularly long commute
- are a parent who is just re-starting work after parental leave or other leave of absence
- need to take care of a child/children at home or are a caregiver otherwise
- want to travel extensively or even prefer a nomadic lifestyle
Whatever the reasons, the question if remote working is an option for you in your current job is something your employer needs to decide.
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