Stay-at-home careers are an attractive option for job seekers who may be required to relocate occasionally, including Army wives. Luckily, the trend of working from home is on the rise, providing Army wives with a wide range of stay-at-home careers to choose from.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2016)*||Job Growth (2016-2026)*|
|Online Teacher||$55,490 (all kindergarten and elementary school teachers); $56,720 (all middle school teachers); $58,030 (all high school teachers)||7% (all kindergarten and elementary school teachers); 8% (all middle and high school teachers)|
|Freelance Writer||$61,240 (all writers)||8% (all writers)|
|Customer Service Representative||$32,300||5%|
|Bookkeeping/Accounting Clerk||$38,390 (all bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks)||-1% (all bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks)|
|Dog Sitter||$22,230 (all animal care and service workers)||22% (all animal care and service workers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
No longer confined to a classroom, many teachers now reach students from the comfort of their homes. Online education is a thriving industry providing education in every discipline, from K-12 curriculum to English language instruction. Some online teaching jobs create a virtual classroom for video instruction, while others may include more curriculum design. Most teaching jobs require a bachelor's degree, and some, if funded with state or federal dollars, will require additional certifications.
If you have a knack for the written word, consider a career in freelance writing. Freelancing gives writers the flexibility to choose projects that both interest them and work with their schedules, an ideal situation for Army wives. Freelance writing can include a wide variety of assignments, but very often it includes writing for news outlets, blogs, and advertisements. The requirements vary for this type of work; a bachelor's degree is often not as important as relevant writing samples and experience.
Customer Service Representative
A computer, communication skills, and a strong internet connection are all you need to start a job as a customer service representative. Many large companies, from banks to retail stores, now outsource their customer service calls to an at-home work force. These representatives handle customer calls related to complaints, questions and processing, and they provide service information. Most jobs require a high school diploma and provide training for new hires.
Tech-savvy Army wives should think about a job as a web developer. Web developers design, create, and maintain websites, and sometimes they create the content for the website as well. Some developers work as freelancers, while others have salaried jobs at one company. Due to the nature of the work, many web developers work remotely. Experience and skill is generally a more critical requirement than education for web developers, but an associate's degree may be required.
If you're good with numbers, then bookkeeping or accounting from home may be a nice fit for you. More and more companies, particularly small businesses, are outsourcing bookkeeping and accounting services to freelancers. This job requires strong math skills, attention to detail, and a knowledge of spreadsheets and bookkeeping software. Some jobs require postsecondary education.
Dog-loving Army wives may be able to pay the bills and play with their furry friends at the same time. Careers in animal care are on the rise and include dog sitting, walking, and grooming. These jobs can all be performed from home. Most dog sitters have a high school education and learn the required skills on the job.