5 High-Paying Entry-Level Remote Jobs (and How to Apply)

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Working remotely remains in demand. Learn about some of the highest-paid, entry-level remote jobs and what you can do to apply with little or no experience.

[Featured Image] A stay-at-home dad holding his newborn works for his entry-level remote job.

Remote jobs continue to be in demand for a reason: They tend to offer greater flexibility, including the ability to complete your work from home without having to commute to an office.

You can often find remote roles at any experience level, including entry-level, which refer to jobs that may require some experience, but typically not a lot. Instead, the opportunity should be more formative, allowing you to gain important experience, skills, and training from the work you do.

In this article, we'll go over five entry-level jobs that offer remote positions paying higher than the median annual salary in the United States. We'll also discuss how to find remote jobs and tips for applying when you don't have any experience.

5 entry-level remote jobs 

The five careers outlined below are entry-level positions that not only offer the opportunity to work remotely but also provide an average annual salary above the national median in the US [1]. These positions are also projected to grow in the next decade.  

1. IT support specialist

IT support specialists help others set up their computers, troubleshoot technical problems, and maintain computer systems for businesses and other organizations. While some IT support positions require individuals to work on-site,  many others allow them to work remotely through a combination of voice chat, messenger apps, and virtual assistance technology that can remotely access connected computer systems. 

The job outlook for IT support specialists is positive. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that 70,400 new computer support specialist jobs will be added every year between 2020 and 2030 for a total of nine percent job growth [2]. Glassdoor puts the average annual salary for an IT support specialist at $53,466 [3].

The requirements to become an IT support specialist vary by role and company. While some might prefer a candidate with a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as computer science, others might only require an associate degree or a professional certificate. Regardless of education level, IT support specialists should be prepared to continue learning throughout their careers as technology routinely changes [2]. 

Learn more: 10 Entry-Level IT Roles and What You Can Do to Get Hired

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2. Data analyst 

Data analysts collect and interpret data to answer questions and solve problems for businesses and organizations in a wide range of industries, such as finance, medicine, and government. The digital nature of their work means that data analysts can do much of their jobs remotely with a computer and internet connection. 

The job outlook for data analysts is extremely positive. While the World Economic Forum ranked data analysts as one of the top emerging jobs in 2020, the BLS notes that between 2020 and 2030 market research analysts will grow by 22 percent, operations research analysts by 25 percent, and mathematicians and statisticians by 33 percent [4,5,6,7]. According to Glassdoor the average salary for data analysts is $71,487 [8]. 

Becoming a data analyst requires an ability to sort and interpret data. While some employers might prefer candidates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related field, such as computer science, others might be willing to hire those with relevant training but no degree. In some cases, you might find it beneficial to get a professional certificate.

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3. Web developer

Web developers design, code, and manage websites. There are several web developer roles. Front-end developers design the visual layout of websites, while back-end developers are responsible for coding them. Full-stack developers both design and code websites, while webmasters manage and update them. The online nature of web development means that it can be done as easily from home as in an office. 

The job outlook for web developers is positive. According to the BLS, web developers are projected to grow by 13 percent with 25,500 new jobs between 2020 and 2030 [9]. Glassdoor sets the average annual salary for web developers at $82,525 [10]. 

You don’t need any specific degree to become a web developer, though some employers may prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree. Key skills that web developers need include knowing multimedia publishing tools, HTML, and other programming languages like JavaScript [9].

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4. Social media manager 

Social media managers handle all aspects of a business’s social media account, including posting marketing materials, cultivating an online following, and analyzing the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. As a job purposely focused on online marketing, social media managers can typically work remotely from home or on the go.

The job outlook for social media managers is positive. According to the BLS, advertising, promotions, and marketing managers are projected to grow by 10 percent between 2020 and 2030, adding an estimated 31,800 new jobs [11]. The average salary for a social media manager is $52,114 [12].

Typically, many companies prefer that social media managers have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as advertising, business, or communications [11]. That said, it is possible to land a job as a social media manager with a different degree or relevant job training, like a professional certificate. While many large companies typically employ experienced social media managers, entry-level positions can be found at smaller companies and businesses. These smaller jobs can be used as stepping stones to bigger opportunities in the future. 

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5. Project coordinators 

Project coordinators handle the concrete aspects of a project to ensure that it runs smoothly and efficiently. As a more junior position to project managers, project coordinators have the opportunity to grow into a more senior role overseeing projects from beginning to end once they have acquired the necessary experience. Although some positions require employees to be onsite, many project coordinator and manager positions can be done remotely over the internet. 

The job outlook for project coordinators is positive. According to a report by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the project-oriented sector is expected to grow by 33 percent with 22 million new jobs globally by 2027 [13]. Glassdoor estimates the average annual salary for project coordinators to be $56,737 [14].

To become a project coordinator you don’t need a specific degree, although some employers might prefer applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a field related to the industry in which they operate. In some cases, professional certification in project management can help applicants gain the necessary skills to obtain an entry-level position as a project coordinator. 

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Additional entry-level remote jobs

Depending on what you want to do and the type of company you want to work for, you may find that there are many other entry-level remote opportunities than the ones we've listed above.

Take advantage of the list below, which highlights entry-level roles across in-demand fields, like computer science and data analysis, to find more job titles you can pursue as a remote applicant.

How to find an entry-level remote job

Generally, there are two ways to find remote jobs online: through an online job platform or through a company’s dedicated job posting page. Below is a step-by-step guide for both. 

Job platforms

1. Visit a job posting site. Many companies advertise remote positions on job platforms in order to reach a wide range of potential applicants. The following are some of the most popular: 

2. Search. Search the term “entry-level remote” or “entry-level remote [name of position]” on the platform of your choice. For example, if you were looking for an entry-level IT job, you would search for “entry-level remote IT.” You can also search for the job title that interests you and input "remote" for location.

3. Match and apply. Browse the job list, identify the listings that best match your aspirations, and apply to them.

Learn more: 10 Remote Work-From-Home Jobs that Pay Well

Company job pages

1. Visit a search engine. Common search engines include Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo. 

2. Search. Search for “[name of company] jobs” on the search engine. For example, you might search “Google jobs” to find their dedicated job posting page

3. Match and apply. Once you are on the company’s job page, you can search for any available remote positions just as you would on a job posting website. Apply to those that match your profile.

4 ways to apply for remote jobs without experience

Remote jobs can be highly competitive. To help you put your best foot forward, this list contains some tips on how to apply to them. 

1. Tailor your resume with keywords.

Today, many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to filter job applications. These systems search through applications by searching for keywords that match the original job description. Unfortunately, many people may find that their application gets rejected because they didn’t tailor their resume to the job. 

To avoid that potential problem, go through the job listing and identify the key skills and experience. Once you have identified the ones that match your own skill set and work experience, use the exact phrasing for each skill in your resume.

That said, don’t lie about experience you don’t have. You should only mirror the job description when it is describing the skills and experience that you already possess. 

Learn more: Resume Keywords: How to Find the Right Words to Beat the ATS

2. Emphasize your transferable skills.

Your transferable skills are the skills that you take with you from one job to another. These can be technical skills, such as coding or design, or human skills like communication and teamwork. Highlighting your transferable skills from your previous work, internship, or extracurricular activities could help the employer recognize that you already have the required skills, even if you don’t have the required work experience. 

If you have prior work experience but not in the area you are applying, you should highlight the relevant experience you have from a previous job. For example, if you are applying to be a project assistant, then you might highlight the organizational skills you used as a manager in a restaurant or as a stage manager in a school production. 

3. Highlight your remote qualifications.

Remote work offers a lot of flexibility for employees but, as a result, it also involves a lot of responsibility. Successful remote workers are able to manage themselves, schedule their own time, and plan projects without constant input from others. 

When you are applying, highlight the precise reason you are right for the job while also highlighting why you will be a good remote worker. Qualities successful remote workers possess include: 

  • Organization 

  • Focus 

  • Ability to work alone 

  • Strong written communication skills 

  • Planning 

  • Asynchronous collaboration 

4. Make a portfolio.

If you lack work experience in the area that you're applying to, consider putting together a portfolio. One of the benefits of a portfolio is that it allows you to showcase your abilities in lieu of prior work experience. In fact, the main reason that employers hire people with prior direct work experience is that it assures them that they know how to do the job. Portfolios do much the same thing by demonstrating your abilities to do the job you are applying for, except with examples that back up your claims. 

You can construct a portfolio from either school, work, or independent projects. Or, you can create one with a mix of all of these. For example, a web developer might create a portfolio consisting of work they did in an educational program, on their own website, and for a school club of which they were a part. 

Next steps

Whether you are looking for full-time or part-time employment, there is likely a remote position out there for you. As you are preparing to enter the job market or switch careers, you might consider obtaining a Professional Certificate to become job-ready for in-demand careers such as project manager and data analyst.

Article sources

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Social security. “Measures of Central Tendency for Wage Data, https://www.ssa.gov/oact/cola/central.html.” Accessed January 11, 2023. 

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