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Hands-On Jobs From Home

People looking to work from home can find several options for hands-on careers in fields like art and caregiving. We discuss some of these careers, their expected job growth rates, median salaries and education requirements.

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Hands-On Career Options from Home

Several different hands-on careers are available that can be performed from the comfort of one's home. These careers vary across job fields and require people to use their hands in different ways, from making things to caring for others. Learn about a handful of the hands-on jobs that can be done from home below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Animal Trainers $27,690 11%
Craft Artists $33,440 6%
Woodworkers $30,180 2%
Photographers $34,070 -8% (decline)
Childcare Workers $21,170 7%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Hands-On Jobs Done from Home

Animal Trainers

Some animal trainers, especially those who work with smaller animals like dogs, are able to work from home. These workers provide hands-on training to different kinds of animals, such as dogs, horses or marine mammals, to teach them various responses to particular hand or voice commands. Animal trainers may train animals for obedience purposes, performances, competitions or as service animals. Most of these trainers need a high school diploma, but some may need a bachelor's degree. Aspiring animal trainers may work with more experienced trainers to learn on-the-job.

Craft Artists

Craft artists have the freedom to work from home in a personal studio or workspace to use their hands in order to create different kinds of handmade objects. They can specialize in making pottery, glassware, quilts, jewelry and more that they may sell at craft fairs and online marketplaces or display in local galleries. These artists use different art and visual techniques, like paint, color, texture and printing, to make unique pieces. Craft artists do not need a formal education and learn their craft through practice and repetition.

Woodworkers

Some woodworkers, typically craftspersons, may work from home in their own workshops making handmade products from wood. They may make products, like furniture or cabinets, from drawings and blueprints using different woodworking machines. Some of these workers may even specialize in restoring and finishing antiques. Woodworkers need a high school diploma and usually learn on-the-job.

Photographers

There are several different kinds of photographers, including portrait photographers and fine-arts photographers, who may choose to work from home in their own studios. These photographers usually use digital cameras and work hands-on with their clients or various subjects to capture images that they then edit with photo-enhancing software. These professionals know how to use special lighting and photographic equipment and techniques to capture high-quality images, which they usually include in their professional portfolio to attract clients. Most photographers do not need a formal education, but they must understand the technical side of photography.

Childcare Workers

Childcare workers may work hands-on caring for children from their own home, or possibly their client's home. These workers care for children of different ages while their parents are unavailable, which may require feeding, dressing and bathing the children, as well as helping older kids with homework or providing transportation to different activities. They create fun, age-appropriate activities for the children and help them stay on a daily schedule and routine. Depending on the state and the employer, childcare workers may need a certification in early childhood education or no formal education at all.

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