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 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 your work.

In this article, we'll review five entry-level jobs that offer remote positions paying higher than the median annual salary in Canada. We'll also discuss how to find remote jobs and tips for applying when you have no experience. 

5 entry-level remote jobs 

The five jobs outlined below are entry-level positions with the opportunity to work remotely and an average annual salary near or above the nationwide average in Canada [1]. These positions also offer career advancement opportunities and are projected to grow in the coming years. 

1. IT support specialist

Average annual salary (CAD): $54,948 [3]

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 on-site work, many others allow them to work remotely through a combination of voice chat, messenger apps, and virtual assistance technology to remotely access connected computer systems. 

  • Job outlook: The job outlook for IT support specialists is positive, with a moderate to good outlook in most provinces and territories through 2026 [2].

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

2. Data analyst 

Average annual salary (CAD): $67,966 [6]

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

  • Job outlook: The job outlook for data analysts through 2026 is “good” to “very good” in most areas [4]. The World Economic Forum also ranked data analysts as one of the top emerging jobs in 2020 [5].

  • Requirements: Becoming a data analyst requires knowing more than just data entry. Some employers might prefer candidates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related field, such as computer science, and others might hire those with relevant training but no degree. In some cases, you might find it beneficial to get a Professional Certificate.

3. Web developer

Average annual salary (CAD): $63,297 [8]

Web developers design, code, and manage websites. You can choose from 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 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. 

  • Job outlook: The job outlook for web developers is positive through 2026. The Canadian government estimates that prospects for web developers are moderate or higher in most provinces [7]. 

  • Requirements: Developers don’t need a specific degree to enter the field, though some employers prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree. Key skills web developers need include knowing multimedia publishing tools, HTML, and other programming languages like JavaScript, Python, CSS, PHP, and Ruby.

4. Social media manager 

Average annual salary (CAD): $57,105 [10]

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

  • Job outlook: The job outlook for social media managers in Canada is “Limited”to “Good” through 2026 [9].

  • Requirements: Companies typically prefer social media managers have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as advertising, business, or communications. That said, you can land a social media manager job with a different degree or relevant job training, like a Professional Certificate

Setting measurable goals is an important part of social media marketing and management. Watch this video for ideas on KPIs (key performance indicators).

5. Project coordinator 

Average annual salary (CAD): $61,702 [12]

Project coordinators handle the concrete aspects of a project to ensure it runs smoothly and efficiently. As a more junior position to project managers, project coordinators can grow into a more senior role overseeing projects from beginning to end once they’ve acquired the necessary experience. Although some positions require on-site employees, many project coordinator and manager positions are eligible for remote work over the internet. 

  • Job outlook: The job outlook for project coordinators is positive. The Canadian government ranks project manager prospects as moderate or good in all provinces and territories through 2026 [11].

  • Requirements: You don’t need a specific degree to become a project coordinator, but some employers might prefer applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a field related to their industry. 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—some jobs may even require it. 

Consider the Google Project Management Professional Certificate to break into project management and build foundational skills:

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]” in the job posting platform of your choice. For example, if you were looking for an entry-level IT job, you would search for “entry-level remote IT.” 

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

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 Tips for applying to 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.

Many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATSs) to filter job applications. These systems pore through applications for keywords matching the original job description. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of these systems, and the system automatically rejects their applications because they didn’t tailor their resumes to the job. 

To tailor your resume, go through the job listing and identify the key skills and experience it calls for. Once you have identified the ones that match your own skillset and work experience, use the exact phrasing for each skill in your resume.

Never lie about experience you don’t have. You should only mirror the job description when it calls for the skills and experience you possess. 

2. Emphasize your transferable skills.

Transferable skills are the skills 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. 

If you have prior work experience but not in the area you are applying to, you should highlight the relevant experience you have from a previous job. 

Suppose you’re applying for a project assistant job. In that case, you might highlight the organizational skills you used as a restaurant manager or stage manager in a school production. 

Highlighting transferable skills from your previous work, internship, or extracurricular activities could help the employer recognize you already have the required skills, even if you don’t have the required work experience. 

3. Highlight your remote qualifications.

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

When applying for your job, you should highlight why you’re right for the job while also highlighting why you’ll 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. Put together a portfolio

If you lack work experience in the area you are applying to, consider putting together a portfolio. 

One of the benefits of a portfolio is it allows you to showcase your abilities instead of prior work experience. The main reason employers hire people with prior direct work experience is it assures them they know how to do the job. Portfolios do much the same by demonstrating your abilities to do the job you are applying for, offering examples to back up your claims. 

You can construct a portfolio from school, work, independent projects, or a combination of all of these. 

For example, a web developer might create a portfolio of work they did in an educational program, on their own website, and for a school club they were part of. 

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


Statista. “Median annual income in Canada from 2000 to 2020, https://www.statista.com/statistics/464087/median-annual-earnings-in-canada/.” Accessed May 6, 2024.

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