NEW YORK (MainStreet) The five most popular flexible jobs are nurse, data entry, marketing, writer and java developer, according to the Flexible Job Index, which tracks the most popular categories for flexible job postings.
The index found that the most abundant telecommuting, freelance, part-time and flexible job opportunities are in medical and health, administrative, education and training, sales and web and software development.
"That's a pretty broad mix, representing everything from doctors and case managers to professors and programmers," said Sara Sutton Fell, founder of FlexJobs.com.
While flexible jobs have their perks, trends like big data and mobile media are translating into six-figure paychecks for some professionals willing to work traditional 9 to 5 jobs.
"Positions in the six-figure range are a much higher risk for the company in question and therefore come with higher expectations," said Doug Brown, academic program manager at the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University.
According to the 2014 Salary Guide from Robert Half, positions that pay upwards of $100,000 annually include mobile application developers with salaries ranging from $100,000 to $144,000, business intelligence analyst with salaries ranging from $101,250 to $142,250 and information systems security managers with average starting salaries between $115,250 and $160,000.
"To position yourself for these jobs, it is important to learn how to target or niche market yourself into a particular industry, sub-sector and role," Brown told MainStreet.
Employers are offering increased compensation to skilled information technology (IT) and digital professionals who can assist with keeping information and networks secure, turn data into business intelligence and seize new opportunities in the mobile space.
"It's becoming imperative for companies to build their online presence and connect with customers through mobile channels but finding the specialized talent to design and develop for this fast-evolving space can be difficult," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group.