While only 5% of remote jobs can actually be done from anywhere in the world, according to Flexjobs, the number of work-from-anywhere in the world job listings has increased 53% over the last two years. One thing that has contributed to this increase is the rise of technology. “With remote-friendly technology and high-speed internet now widely available, it’s easier than ever for remote employees to stay connected no matter where they are located,” says Sara Sutton, Founder and CEO of FlexJobs.
Your work schedule will depend on your position. Generally, hours for field positions are flexible. Some field positions require you to work during the day so you can see addresses on buildings. Other field positions require you to interview members of the public, so you must be available to work evenings and weekends, when people are usually at home. Supervisory positions require employees to be available for certain day, evening, and/or weekend shifts.
Chao earned her PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Previously, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Tsinghua University. When she’s not focused on making Alexa smarter, Chao enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, and sometimes both simultaneously.