It’s no exaggeration to say that a large portion of the working class would absolutely love to work from home. No traffic, no meaningless water cooler chat, no extraneous distractions to deal with. Sounds like a dream come true.

But is there really money to be made working in your pajamas? You bet. You just have to get in the right industry, and you’ll find you can create a steady cash flow regardless of whether or not you got dressed in the morning. Some of the best paying jobs that allow you to work from home are:

1. Clinical Regulatory Affairs Director

As a regulatory affairs director, you’ll be tasked with planning, preparing, and submitting products that have been clinically tested and approved to the national and international markets. Working from home, you’ll document the trial process, as well as create the marketing documentation to accompany the product being sent for approval. Snaring a position as a work from home affairs director will also snare you a lofty $150K a year.


2. Supervisory Attorney

Not all lawyers spend their days in court. Many people with law degrees who are also members of the Bar opt to simply act as advisers to those in need of legal assistance. These attorneys may focus their efforts on other aspects of the law rather than criminal cases, such as tax or real estate law. By making themselves available through telecommunications, they can reach a far wider clientele than if they were to practice locally. You’d still need to be a member of the Bar in the state in which you plan to practice, though. Going this route would earn you around $117K per year.

3. Senior Medical Writer

Like many technical writing gigs, senior medical writers can work remotely as they review medical information and translate it into various medical documents. They also may be tasked with reviewing and editing documentation created by peers and supervisors, proofreading for typographical and factual errors. Attention to detail is an absolute must when dealing with medical writing, and you also must have a medical or science degree to your name to be considered for the job. If you’re qualified, you can end up making $110K a year as a senior medical writer.


4. Environmental Engineer

Environmental engineers aren’t necessarily homebound, but most of their paperwork can be done from anywhere they please. These engineers design and assess pollution reduction and prevention approaches and plans, and analyze the best course of action for municipalities to take. As mentioned, they will often have to work in the field while conducting research and collecting data, but they’ll be able to take the information home with them to study and report on from the comfort of their own living room. Like medical writers, environmental engineers’ salaries fall around the $110K mark.

5. Director of Quality Improvement

Regardless of the industry, all companies strive to be the best they can be. A quality improvement director works to design and develop best practices related to systems administration and data architecture. If that’s too much jargon for one sentence, basically these employees analyze what a company is doing well, and what it could improve upon, and reports back to the managers and CEO. Quality improvement directors are natural leaders who have knowledge of on-going trends regarding quality, safety, and reliability within the industry. Working remotely on quality improvement could net you $100K a year.

6. Senior Software Engineer

It shouldn’t be a surprise that computer programmers can work from their home computer. Software engineers develop and design software, maintain oversight of programs, manage development teams, and troubleshoot issues colleagues face throughout the process. Collaborating online may actually be more effective for software engineers, as they won’t have to leave their work stations to discuss progress, and can continue to work on their projects seamlessly. A talented software engineer can bring home around $100K for his contributions to a company.

7. Director of Business Development

As a director of business development, you’d be tasked with managing large sales territories and maintaining steady revenue, while simultaneously researching ways in which to increase your business reach and income. You also would collaborate with directors in other territories and develop programs in order to increase coherency throughout different areas. Directors of business development will often have to travel and make in-person sales pitches, but a majority of their work can be done remotely. Working as a director can earn you around $100K or more, depending on your success.


8. Research Biologist

One advantage of working from home as a biologist is you’ll never be pressured into saving a beached whale. All kidding aside, research biologists usually specialize in a specific area of biology, such as microbiology or wildlife studies. They conduct research and analyze test results, then report back to their company regarding their findings. Like environmental engineers, research biologists will sometimes have to go into the field to conduct research, but can do the rest of the work from anywhere they feel comfortable. Although not as hefty as some of the other salaries on this list, research biologists can earn around $93K a year working mostly from home.

Source: This article was published on lifehack.org by - Matt Duczeminsk

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We have jobs to pay the bills, typically. Some of us are fortunate enough to have jobs that allow for exploration and indulgence in certain passions or to push the boundaries of technology and innovation. But by and large, people go to work because they have to — their jobs earn them money, and with that money, they make a living.

As the modern economy churns and turns, some jobs simply become redundant or less valuable. That can happen for a number of reasons, ranging from automation to an influx of cheaper labor. When it does happen, though, wages drop as the labor market become saturated. When there are more people with similar skill sets as you, odds are there are people out there who are willing to do the same job for less pay.

That’s when you either take a pay cut or lose your job entirely. There are a lot of factors at play, but at the very core of it is a supply-demand dynamic.

As of right now, if you’re a software engineer, this is good news. If you’re in manufacturing? It’s not — and as you’ll see on the following pages, manufacturing specifically is a segment of the economy that is being hit very, very hard by globalization and automation.

Which jobs are experiencing negative wage growth, or at least a very bleak outlook going into 2017? Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here are 10 you’ll either want to avoid or get out of as soon as possible.

1. Apparel manufacturing

If you’ve noticed that just about all of your clothing is made in Asia or Central America, there’s a reason for that: cheap labor. Apparel manufacturing in the United States is on a steep decline, with wages dropping too for those still in the industry. This is why clothing that is made in America tends to be much more expensive than other options.

2. Tobacco production

The BLS labels this as “tobacco manufacturing,” and it’s another area in the manufacturing and production sector that is seeing jobs disappear and wages go down. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that demand for tobacco is dropping significantly as smoking becomes less and less common.

3. Postal service

Jobs with the postal service aren’t what they used to be, and there are a number of reasons that USPS has been experiencing trouble for several years now. It’s been shedding jobs and funding, and it’s one area in which wages aren’t exactly on the up and up — if you were considering trying to get a job there.

4. Communication equipment manufacturing

This is a pretty broad category, but it’s essentially referring to things like phones, computers, tablets — really any type of device or gadget that we use to communicate. As most people know, almost all of these things are made in other countries to take advantage of cheaper labor costs, and to pass those savings on to American shoppers.


5. Publishing

The digital age has made it tough for traditional publishing companies to survive. Some are, but they’re not printing money like they used to. Jobs are scarcer, and they don’t pay nearly as much as they did in the glory days of publishing.

6. Textile production

“Textile production” is another incredibly vague category, but it’s another area in which we’re seeing jobs either replaced with cheaper foreign labor or automation.

7. A/V equipment manufacturing

Audio and video equipment, like communication equipment, is almost exclusivelly produced in foreign markets. Again, to take advantage of cheap labor. This includes things like your TV, cameras, stereos, etc.

8. Glass manufacturing

Here’s an industry you probably haven’t given much thought to — glass production. Glass is everywhere, but you don’t often think about who is producing it, or where. Well, it’s an industry that is seeing some serious contraction in the U.S., and because of that, the jobs within aren’t paying very well.

9. Paper production

You may not know much about the paper industry other than what you’ve learned from those Dunder Mifflinites on The Office, but as far as production of paper goes, it’s rough out there for workers. Paper mills are contracting, and workers are seeing wages stagnate.

10. Miscellaneous manufacturing

Our final installment is as broad as it gets. The BLS includes “miscellaneous manufacturing” among its “most rapidly declining wage and salary” list. That may or may not include many of the aforementioned industries, but includes many others as well. The point is manufacturing, a former backbone of the American economy, is on the outs. If you’re hoping to make big money, you’ll need to do it in another way.

Source: This article was published on cheatsheet.com by Sam Becker

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While announcements regarding Android, self-driving cars and Google Fiber get more publicity, nothing has arguably been more important to Google's business than the improvements the company has been making to its mobile search engine and the search ads that run against mobile queries. Parent Alphabet's (GOOGL) second-quarter results show those improvements are still paying huge dividends.

Three months after selling off on a first-quarter miss, Alphabet is up over 4% after handily beating analyst estimates. Revenue rose 21% annually (25% excluding forex) to $21.5 billion, an improvement from the first quarter's 17% growth. Adjusted EPS rose 20%, to $8.42.

The sales growth pickup was fueled by a 21% increase in Google segment revenue to $21.3 billion. That, in turn, was driven by a 24% increase in Google sites ad revenue to $15.4 billion -- mobile search and YouTube are behind most of the growth -- and a 33% increase in "Google other" revenue, which covers businesses such as Google Play and Nexus and Chromecast hardware lines, to $2.2 billion. The Google network sites business, which sells ads on third-party sites and has been stung by Facebook's rapid ad sales growth, grew just 3%, to $3.7 billion.

Google's paid clicks -- the number of ad clicks or views on which the company recorded revenue -- rose 29% annually for the second quarter in a row. Paid clicks on Google sites rose an impressive 37% thanks to strong mobile search and YouTube ad growth; paid clicks for network sites were flat.

A shift toward mobile search and YouTube ads is still coming at the cost of lower ad prices: Cost per click fell 7%, courtesy of a 9% drop on Google sites and an 8% drop on network sites. But it only fell 1% sequentially, and the annual drop is better than the first quarter's 9% and the fourth quarter's 13%.


Restrained spending under CFO Ruth Porat remains the other big driver of Alphabet's strong financial performance. Adjusted operating expenses rose 15% annually, easily trailing revenue growth of 21%. And capital expenditures fell 16%, to $2.1 billion, which (along with revenue growth) helped free cash flow rise 53%, to $7 billion. Capex will probably start rising again soon, given Google's infrastructure needs, but for now it's a major tailwind.

"There's a story where basically the revenue went up, the expenses went down dramatically -- that was really really fabulous," said Jim Cramer, TheStreet's founder and manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, which owns Alphabet.

Google's strong ad growth wouldn't be possible if not for the investments it has made to make sure its search services remain a valuable utility to consumers in an app-dominated smartphone landscape. Those efforts include optimizing results based on location and device type, indexing the content of mobile apps and even (through its AMP initiative) improving the performance of third-party mobile web pages. Many of those efforts leverage Google's unmatched search data and machine learning algorithms; on the earnings call, Google chief Sundar Pichai said over 100 Google teams are using machine learning.

The growth also wouldn't be possible without improvements made to Google's core AdWords search ad platform. Over the past year, the changes have included creating more effective shopping and travel ad formats, letting mobile users pay for advertised items on Google's site, supporting larger ad headlines and descriptions, allowing ads to be customized based on location and providing a better interface for marketers running AdWords campaigns.

One weak spot in the second-quarter report: Traffic acquisition costs rose as a percentage of revenue for both Google sites and network ad sales. That was attributed to mobile search growth -- Google is believed to make considerable payments to Apple (AAPL) for the right to be the default search engine for Mobile Safari, and lesser payments to carriers and Android manufacturers -- and growing adoption of programmatic (automated) ad-buying platforms by advertisers.

Also, Alphabet's "Other Bets" reporting segment, which covers businesses such as Google Fiber, the Nest/Dropcam smart home unit, the Calico anti-aging drug unit, and Alphabet's self-driving car efforts, reported an $859 million operating loss, up 30% annually. Revenue, much of which is believed to come from Nest/Dropcam, rose 150%, but still only amounted to $185 million.

But for now, markets are willing to give Alphabet a pass for the losses incurred by Other Bets' long-term projects. At least while Google's core business keeps defying the law of large numbers and making mobile monetization fears look quite misplaced.

On Friday morning, Alphabet shares were trading up 3.9% to $795.64.


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