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5 Actual Careers Students Can Choose While Living on The Road

1. Travel Nurse

If you’ve ever had a love for the human body and caring for others then a job as a nurse is an excellent choice. Not only are they paid handsomely, but it has become a career choice that is growing rapidly. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, the nationwide demand for RNs is set to undergo a 21 percent increase by 2025.  The average salary estimate for a registered nurse is anywhere from $41K-70K per year and that is just the tip of the iceberg. You can easily make well over six figures as a travel nurse by being your own contractor. You can view the salary by the state with some freely available tools online.

Working as a nurse has its ups and downs and it can be a difficult field to break into, no matter how popular the supply and demand. If becoming a nurse is too difficult or if you’re someone who doesn’t want to attend a college you can choose other fields such as a phlebotomist, which you may simply take a phlebotomy course and be certified and working in no time. Oh, did I mention you can be a travel nurse and a traveling phlebotomist anywhere in the US?

2. Customer Service

I remember back when I first graduated high school I was offered a customer service job at $18/hourly, and I gladly accepted. Little did I know that months down the road the toll of picking up a tedious amount of calls with upset customers, in a room with absolutely zero windows and artificial lighting would create such wear on me emotionally and mentally that eventually, I left.

Had my employer offered me the option to work from home, it would have been a completely different outcome, perhaps I’d still be working there but in a much higher position and actually smiling from cheek to cheek. It’s amazing what having a happy work environment can do to the human psyche and productivity levels.

If the above didn’t scare you away from selecting customer service as your choice of career while on the road, I’m sure you’ll be glad to know that there are many customer service jobs available all the time. In fact, it’s one of the most posted jobs on remote job boards. A good tip to remember is that customer support jobs can be rephrased in many different ways such as customer success manager, onboarding specialist, team manager, customer experience specialist, success representative, etc.

The task and workload will vary from different titles, but nevertheless being able to work from home as a customer service position is a life changer if you’re coming from the typical 9-5 workplace environment.

3. Management Job

A virtual assistant seems to be the pillar for the go-to word when someone says they are a digital nomad, primarily due to its entry-level requirements and popularity among business owners wanting to outsource all of their work to someone for much lower pay than they would otherwise do themselves. Rest assured though, that being a “VA” isn’t the only remote management career out there.

If you are a highly organized person, are sharp with technology and even have any previous corporate experience you may be able to find several management jobs such as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of a company, QA Engineer, Senior Practice Manager, HR Manager and so forth.

4. Online Marketing & PR

The term “marketing” is overall universally used as a generic term for getting a product in front of customers by using a specific strategy within a channel. Luckily we don’t live in the era of white and gray TV sets, instead, we have plenty of sub-marketing career fields to choose from.

Copywriting/Editor, Paid Ads (PPC, Facebook Ads, etc.), Search Engine Optimization, Video Production, Email Marketing, Graphic Designer, UX Designer, Web Developer, Social Media Marketing, the list can go on and on, seriously, there are over 160 types of marketing fields and counting.

If none of the above seemed to interest you, you may want to study the market and look for any new digital marketing trends that accommodate something you’d be intrigued in doing for the years to come.

5. Developer

Being a developer is no walk in the park, but if you like challenges and have the mind of a programmer, then finding a job as a developer shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve, especially if you have years of experience under your belt. Given most tech-driven companies are in need of developers, you can guarantee there will always be a remote position available.

If you are a current developer and have been for quite some time, you may want to ask your employer for the option of going full time. Since there are various programming languages, you may want to ask yourself which type of software do you want to program, what type of technology would you like to be a part of? Answering these questions will help you dictate whether you’d prefer being a front-end web developer or perhaps you favor being an iOS Engineer, the choices are endless.

Not only is programming a very rewarding career, but it also pays amazingly and there will always be a need in the market for it for years to come.

The Bottom Line

For every job, no matter which you choose, you will have to invest in yourself and become the best in what you do, especially if you want to work from your laptop. We’re not saying you have to attend conferences and have an award-winning portfolio, but you must know that employers only invest in employees that can bring a company value, especially that much more for being able to be employed from anywhere in the world.

A form of higher responsibility is expected from remote workers, as there is no one there pushing you to get the work done nor is there the atmosphere you would find in an organized and quiet office environment. Instead, you may be faced with even more distractions at your own home office, especially if you live on the road such as if you happen to live in an RV, a Tiny House or even the Van Life. A self-starting mental attitude is of utmost necessity to maintain a remote job, but please don’t let that scare you. We still have time to send each other funny gifs here and have the luxury of living without one zipcode year round!

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Written by
Shivam Srivastava
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