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There’s never been a greater time to embrace the nomadic lifestyle of work and travel. With so many online digital nomad jobs that both Australians (and those in Australia) can do… which is best? Here are 181 jobs perfect for nomads, with information about each and a link to get you started.
Note: All prices listed are in Australian Dollars (AUD) unless otherwise stated.
Digital Nomad Jobs Australia
If you’ve been considering becoming a digital nomad and working remotely from your laptop but don’t already have a job that can easily be done online, this post is for you. Or, maybe you’re looking for another part-time gig to supplement your income? If so, let’s look at all of your options and what you need to get started.
At first, as a teacher, I moved from classroom teaching to online teaching. In the past two years, I’ve found a passion for content creation and sharing knowledge in a new way – now travelling full-time while working in a few different, but adjacent, roles. You never know where your digital nomad job and the journey will take you. If you keep an open mind and put in some time to learn or upskill, you’ll be “on the road” before you know it. This brings me to my first piece of advice (from my own, bumpy start)…
The job that you already have might be the best digital nomad job.
When thinking about your digital nomad journey, I’m a big advocate for the phrase “Start where you are”. The best and easiest digital nomad job is the one that you already have.
For some professions, this may be obvious, but for others, may require a bit of creative thinking. Some roles can never be done remotely and may require a career change, but are there other roles in your field that are adjacent to the one that you are doing now that may be? Or an adjacent field that requires transferable skills that you already have? Once you’ve read this post and seen what’s being offered, you may be surprised.
Also, if you’ve already been working remotely during the pandemic but you’re expected to return to the physical workplace, how can you “pitch” for working remotely in the future? Negotiation is intimidating, but if you’re already considering a potential job/career change, you’ve got more to gain than to lose by trying this first.
If you definitely cannot pivot from your current job, here is a comprehensive list of almost 200 other options. This is not an exhaustive list and the digital nomad jobs that you can do are increasing every year. But, here you’ll find a wide range of jobs in every conceivable field and a link to the training and/or articles from experts that you’ll need to ‘get your foot in the door’.
Before we have a look at the main list, here is a quick summary of the 10 most popular digital nomad jobs. We’ll discuss these further and in more detail as we go along, but if there is a job that you’re interested in just click it to go to that particular field (or type) of job.
10 Popular Digital Nomad Jobs in Australia
- Online Teacher/Tutor
- Virtual Assistant
- Web Developer
- Digital Marketer
- Writer/Content Creator
- Graphic Designer
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Digital Nomad Online Jobs By Field
Digital Nomad Education and Languages Jobs
(Teacher, Tutor, Translator, Educator, Editor, Proofreader, Coach)
Coming from an educational background, my digital nomad journey started by working as an online English teacher, and then moved to be an online business owner and content writer. I started teachenglishonline.com.au a few years ago to help other teachers to move online. Go check it out!
Not just for university-qualified teachers, if you’ve got skills that you can help others to learn, this may be the option for you. The demand for online tuition has grown exponentially during the pandemic as schools around the world closed. Many parents want extra support as well as entertaining but educational after-school activities for their kids. Adults want to use their free time productively by learning new skills for recreation and their career.
Online English (TESOL) teachers/tutors assist the estimated 1.5 billion people who are learning English globally via platforms like Zoom. If you’re looking for a flexible part-time role that makes a difference in people’s lives, this may be perfect. Clear communication skills and a friendly personality are big assets in this job. Not just limited to children, there are learners of all ages looking to improve their English skills for study, business and immigration. You can complete a TESOL qualification in just a few weeks.
Educators and tutors help young minds to learn and grow. With students around the world, including Australia, marketplaces like Outschool (where the top performers make $200k/year) have gone from 1-7000 educators in a small period of time and they are still hiring. You can “teach” anything from art, and languages, to critical thinking. If you think that you can offer fun and interactive lessons for kids, this might be a good option for you.
> Become an educator on Outschool
Coaching is a much wider category of tuition that can take on areas as broad as relationships, business, career and even, digital nomadism. If you’re an expert at something, you can share those skills with others. (For example, do you want to work with a coach to help you kickstart your digital nomad work dreams, why not email me?).
Coaches often go on to become Course Creators.
> How to become a Life Coach in Australia
> How to become a Business Coach
> How to become a Career Coach
Language tutors work with those who want to learn additional languages for travel or fun. If you speak another language, consider offering language tuition on a website like Airtasker.
Translators use their second/multiple languages as a translator to translate documents, audio transcripts and/or provide subtitles. You may be required to adhere to regulations in this field, so please do your research before offering your services.
> How to become a Translator
Editors read and correct written material from many sources and it is their role to assist the writer to achieve the goals of their writing. If you’ve got qualifications in a related field and impeccable grammar, you might want to consider this job.
An adjacent job is that of a Proofreader. They check content for errors before being published, as well as make corrections and ensure accuracy.
> How to become an Editor
Other Education and language jobs that can be done remotely include – Instructional Designer, Academic/Professor, Researcher, Online Lesson Writer, Practice Question Writer and Curriculum Designer.
Digital Nomad Administration and Customer Service Jobs
(Virtual Assistant, Data Entry Operator, Bookkeeper, Customer Service Agent, Technical Support Representative, Transcriber)
With so many businesses moving online, there has been an increase in the need for administration assistance.
Virtual assistants are like personal assistants who work online and assist businesses/entrepreneurs with a wide variety of tasks such as scheduling appointments, email management and general administration. They may also assist with digital marketing and social media management. If you’re organised and computer literate, this could be a perfect choice.
Data entry isn’t glamorous but it’s great for detailed-oriented folk who like to work alone. You need to be accurate and have fast typing skills, but you don’t need any specific qualifications to do this type of work.
Bookkeepers keep track of the money going in and out of a business, tracking expenses and income. If you’re adept at spreadsheets and good with numbers, you may find your calling here. Digital nomadism is also good for Accountants.
> Is it hard to become a Bookkeeper?
Customer Service may not be something you think of as an online job, but it is becoming more commonly so, especially via email and chat. If you are good with people and enjoy problem-solving, consider this option.
> How to Snag (and Succeed at) a Remote Customer Service Job
An adjacent role is a Technical Support Representative, who helps customers resolve technical issues.
> How to become a Support Representative
Transcribers / Transcriptionists convert speech, audio or video recordings into typed or written text. If you’ve got great listening skills and a fast typing speed, you might excel here.
Other Administration roles that can be done remotely: Executive Assistant, Billing Specialist, Operations Assistant, Logistics Specialist, HR Assistant, Accounting Clerk, Payroll Assistant, Accounts Assistant and Production Assistant.
Digital Nomad Technology Jobs
(Software Designer, Programmer, Website Developer, UX Designer)
While not the easiest jobs for beginners, technology jobs have traditionally been some of the most popular jobs among digital nomads due to their ease to do them remotely. They are also some of the highest-paid and most in-demand.
Software designers and programmers do some similar tasks, including building and modifying software by writing, modifying, testing and deploying computer program code. With demand for programming set to increase by 30% in the next 5 years, for tech-savvy folk with an eye for detail, there is industry growth for digital nomad programmers.
Web developers develop websites and other web-based content and commonly work with programming languages. Many digital nomads who are Web Developers specialise in either Front End (user-facing) or Back End (server-side) development, or both, known as a ‘Full Stack Developer’. A keen eye for code and systems is required.
> How to become a Web Developer
UX Designers help design and shape the user experience of products and services. Design skills and a good understanding of human behaviour will support digital nomads to succeed in this role. There is also the adjacent User Interface/UI Designer.
Digital Nomad Sales and Marketing Jobs
(Salesperson, Marketer, Copywriter)
One area that has seen a huge boom in recent years is online sales and marketing jobs. More than ever, businesses want to sell online and need people to help do this.
Salespeople sell things. Yet, sales is a skill that involves healthy doses of personability and persuasiveness. If that sounds like you, it can be very lucrative and give you a strong base for your own business.
Marketers (including digital, social media, content, SEO and email marketers) are in one of the biggest growing sectors of the digital nomad workforce, due to the rapid rise of businesses requiring an online marketing strategy. If you’re a big-picture thinker who understands trends, this might be the job for you.
Social Media Marketers sometimes do tasks that overlap with administration jobs like Virtual Assistants as many of these roles require strong social media skills, but generally require a greater level of understanding of marketing and communications. If social media is a passion of yours, it may be perfect.
> How to become a Marketer
Copywriters use words and persuasive techniques to sell goods and services. While strong writing skills are required, so is the ability to write specifically for the purposes of engaging an audience and getting them to purchase.
> How to become a Copywriter
Digital Nomad Business and Finance Jobs
Business roles that were traditionally done in the office are now more commonly offered more flexibly, while digital nomad finance jobs remain a small but growing sector. Both of these fields are likely to require specific qualifications, certifications and/or registrations (especially if you want to give financial advice), which I won’t be covering in much depth here. Consult your local professional services organisation for the correct advice.
There is also the adjacent Tax Agent, Immigration Agent, Trader, Financial Planner, Financial Controller,
Other Finance, Business, Sales and Marketing jobs that can be done remotely include: Business and Sales Consultants, Marketing Strategist, Social Media Strategist, PR Specialist, Business Analyst, Social Media Ads Specialist, Communications Specialist, Web Analytics Specialist, PPC Specialist, Media Analyst, B2B Marketing Specialist, Media Planner, Creative Director, SEM Manager, Media Buyer, Director, Human Resources Manager, Recruiter, Project Manager, Talent Operations Manager, Account Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Online Community Manager, Sales Coordinator / Manager, Enterprise Account Executive, Sales Developer, Account Executive, Buyer, Chat Sales, Investment Analyst, Purchasing Lead, Managing Director and CEO / CFO / COO / CMO, Finance Manager, Finance Broker, Finance Director… and uh…NFT/Crypto Traders.
Digital Nomad Creative Jobs
(Writer, Artist, Designer, Musician)
While I’ve grouped this final set of jobs, the range of creative pursuits that can be done as a job are endless and new titles develop every day. This is also the group least likely to work a traditional “job” and more likely to work in a freelance or entrepreneurial capacity, but creative remote jobs do make up a portion of those advertised.
Writers take on many roles such as Content Writer, Blogger, Author, Article Researcher, Editor, Poet, Journalist or Reviewer (among many others). Writers may be paid strictly for their creative works or by writing content for businesses and social media. If you have a passion for the written word and storytelling, this may be just what you are looking for. Digital nomad writing jobs (like all writing jobs) are often freelance or per word, but more organisations are looking for content writers full-time.
The term Artist encompasses roles such as Illustrator, Animator, Game Artist, Photographer, Art Director and more. Using their creativity to create beautiful visuals, they earn their living through analogue and digital mediums. They may sell their work or use their talents to create works for others, including companies and brands. If you are creative and artistic, this might be great.
Designers may be found working in jobs as a Graphic Designer, Website Designer, CAD Designer, Interior Designer, Brand Designer, Product Designer or Fashion Designer depending on their choice of field. They usually create commercial products or media to a client’s specifications. Great for those who can translate visual ideas and work well to a brief.
Musicians may earn their living by selling their original compositions and performances or by providing music for advertising, video games or soundtracks. If you’ve got musical skills, you might be looking seriously at this.
Other Creative jobs that can be done remotely are: Voiceover Actor, Film / Video Editor, Photo Editor, Podcast Editor, Podcast Producer, Vlogger and Influencer.
Other Digital Nomad Jobs…
Digital nomad healthcare jobs, such as: Remote Health Coach / Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Telehealth Doctor, Psychologist, Therapist, Clinical Data Manager, Medical Data Specialist, Inpatient Coder, Clinical Study Manager and Medical Scheduler.
Digital nomad legal jobs, such as: Lawyer, IP / Litigation / Contracts / Document Review / Trial Attorney, Insurance Agent, Legal Counsel, Paralegal, Regulatory and Compliance Specialist, Underwriting Assistant, Architect and Urban Planner.
Other digital nomad jobs, such as: Virtual Host, Forum Moderator, Adult Entertainer, Online Poker Player, Mathematician and Philosopher …among many others!
Digital Nomad Remote Jobs FAQ
How much do digital nomads make?
Digital nomads make anything from a few thousand dollars a year to over six figures. The “average” nomad in the US earns $85,000USD a year, according to nomadlist. Remember, digital nomads tend to come from professional fields and your number will depend heavily on your existing skills and experience.
What are the highest paying digital nomad jobs?
The highest-paying digital nomad jobs tend to be in Business, Finance and Technology fields, but you can make a good income from combining a medium-income job with an entrepreneurial endeavour or side hustle as well. Consider coaching, consulting or creating a course to monetise your existing knowledge.
> See my post: “Well Paid Market Research Online Australia“
What are some digital nomad job boards?
Although there are 100s of online job sites, here are some to start with:
As you can see, there are many digital nomad jobs Australians can do in an online or remote work capacity. Those who travel to Australia will find many that suit their needs. Which one you choose will be down to your existing skills and interests or your willingness to do the training or self-study required to change your career. Many of these jobs do not require formal qualifications, but instead can be done by those willing to spend the time “learning their craft” and networking in the field. Or maybe it is time to do that study you’ve been putting off?
You’ve got this. I’ll see you at the tropical beach co-working space next summer.