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 Top 15 States with the Most Telecommuting Jobs Revealed

To help job seekers identify states with high potential for telecommuting job opportunities, FlexJobs has identified the top 15 states where companies recruited the most state-based telecommuters in 2016.
California, Texas and New York led the states with the highest number of telecommuting job postings, with others such as Minnesota, Georgia and Colorado also included on this geographically diverse list of states.
See the accompanying list for further findings.
The most common reasons for location requirements on telecommuting jobs, according to employers, are legal, licensing or tax considerations. Some telecommuting jobs have specific requirements in those areas, or else they could otherwise be performed with location neutrality.
For example, says FlexJobs, remote nurses and attorneys may require specific state-issued licenses or certifications. Companies may only be registered as employers in certain states, limiting their ability to hire to those states. And remote business development managers may be hired to work in a region of the country where their current or future clients are based.
“While these 15 states had the highest number of telecommuting job listings last year, job seekers should keep in mind that telecommuting jobs are also available in their local areas, as companies absolutely hire remote workers in all 50 states,” notes Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, an online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible-schedule, part-time and freelance jobs.
“And while most telecommuting jobs do have a geographic requirement, there are also diverse remote jobs that can be done from any location in the U.S. and even the world,” Fell adds.
FlexJobs has also revealed that the top four career fields for telecommuting jobs in 2016 were medical and health, computer and IT, customer service, and education. Opportunities for telecommuters range from entry-level to executive-level and include both part-time and full-time schedules, the company notes.
Some of the most common traits of successful telecommuters, adds FlexJobs, include proactive communication skills, self-discipline, comfort working independently and strong time-management skills. 
“The key take-away for employers that still do not offer remote work options is this: remote work is already happening for most white-collar workers, who are often expected to check email when they’re out of the office, or take work home with them to complete at night or on the weekends,” points out Fell.
“But there’s still a bit of fear holding some companies back from creating more formalized remote work programs. What we’ve seen, though, is that when companies move past that fear and embrace remote work as a smart business strategy, they can build more productive, happier and more cost-effective workforces, benefitting both workers and the company’s bottom line,” she concludes.
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Top 15 States with the Most Telecommuting Jobs for 2016
The following 15 states had the highest number of telecommuting job listings last year. Following each state is a sampling of companies who have recently, or are currently, hiring for telecommuting jobs in that respective state, according to FlexJobs.
1. California: Anthem, Dell and Volkswagen
2. Texas: Humana, Toyota and Wells Fargo
3. New York: Adobe, Salesforce and Xerox
4. Florida: American Heart Association, Colgate-Palmolive and Hilton Worldwide
5. Illinois: Blue Cross Blue Shield, EY and Nestle
6. Pennsylvania: Oracle, Philips and Voya Financial
7. Virginia: Biogen, CenturyLink and Nielsen
8. North Carolina: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lenovo and SAP
9. Georgia: Chobani, Office Depot and Worldpay
10. Arizona: Progressive, Verizon and Walgreens
11. Minnesota: Boston Scientific, Citizens Bank and UnitedHealth Group
12. Massachusetts: Liberty Mutual, Mitsubishi Electric and The Hartford
13. Colorado: JPMorgan Chase, OpenTable and Unilever
14. New Jersey: DeVry Education Group, General Electric and Robert Half
15. Ohio: Capella University, Cars.com and 3M
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