High Paying Online Jobs

With an annual salary from $50K

2020 shows us that stability is a very unstable condition. The pandemic came, many brick-and-mort businesses got closed and many people lost their jobs. 2021 seems to keep this trend. 

Meanwhile, online businesses have experienced a huge increase and kept surging and providing people with jobs.

There are many jobs that can be done online but in this article, I want to focus on the highest-paid ones. They are in high demand for recent years and keep growing.

All job requirements and salary information are taken from Glassdoor, Indeed, salary.com, and real job ads on Linkedin.

So, here are 25 online jobs that pay well and usually don’t require formal education.

Highest-paying Online Marketing Jobs 

Digital marketing manager

Such a person is responsible for creating and implementing an online marketing strategy. Simply, saying, this person’s aim is to promote products or services online so to increase business revenue.

This broad title can include many positions like marketing manager, SEO specialist, PPC specialist, product manager, etc.

Average salary

$50K/year

Key skills needed

  • Competitors analyzes
  • Search engine optimization (On-page, Off-page)
  • Paid advertising (Google Ads, Facebook Ads, Instagram ads)
  • Email-marketing
  • Marketing automation
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Google Spreadsheets
  • Google Analytics or Tag Manager, Google Search Console

How long does it take to become an online marketing manager?

To become a Junior Marketing Manager you need 3 to 6 months.

SEO Specialist

This person is responsible for improving a website’s visibility in the Internet. Usually, it means working with Google’s search results. 

This position usually includes two main tasks:

  • On-page optimization (dealing with technical issues like site’s structure, meta tags, internal linking, etc.)
  • Off-page optimization (building external links from other websites). 

Average salary

$50K/year

Key skills needed

  • Knowledge of technical SEO (site’s structure, meta tags, hre)
  • Keywords research
  • Competitor research
  • Linkbuilding
  • SEO tools like Screaming Frog, Ahrefs
  • Experience with CMS like WordPress
  • Basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Google Analytics or Tag Manager, Google Search Console

SMM manager

This is a person who is responsible for managing social media. It usually includes creation of a social media marketing strategy, creating content and using it for promotion on the chosen platforms (like Instagram or Youtube).

Average salary

$51K / year

Key skills needed

  • Creating a content marketing strategy and content calendar
  • Creating content for social media 
  • Social media marketing across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Snapchat
  • Social media account management
  • Influencer marketing campaign strategy and implementation
  • Organic lead generation

PPC Manager

This person is responsible for setting up and managing paid online advertising. It usually includes constant optimization, testing and reporting the results of ads.

Average salary

$53K / year

Key skills needed

  • Google Ads (the main), Bing Ads, Facebook Ads, Instagram advertising + other social media
  • Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager
  • Excel skills
  • Carrying out A/B testing and ad experiments

Content creation

Copywriter

This role is focused around writing. Such a person writes copies for a website, for blog or commercial pages, for advertising, emails and for other purposes.

Average salary

$58K / year

Key skills

  • Proficiency in one or more languages
  • Knowledge of different text formats (like news, how-tos, sales copies, etc.)
  • Research skills
  • Some jobs require knowledge of SEO basics

Content manager

Such a specialist is responsible for content, usually on a website. This person can create content or can just manage content (text, images, video) created by others, upload and update it. 

Average salary

$60K / year

Key skills needed

  • Knowledge of HTML
  • Familiarity with WordPress and other CMS like Joomla, Magento
  • Photoshop or another graphic editor

Communication, Human-oriented Online Jobs

PR Manager

This role is centered around representing a brand, a person or a company, and building communication between a business and its clients.

Average salary

$50K / year

Key skills

  • Creating PR materials
  • Leading brand or product communication campaigns
  • Understanding of media landscape
  • Knowledge of how main social media work
  • Good oral and written skills
  • PowerPoint skills

Customer Support Specialist

This person is responsible for quickly resolving or triaging incoming questions and issues submitted by customers. The main aim of this profession is to help clients use company’s products or services without having problems.

Average salary

$30K / year

Key skills

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Good documentation skills
  • Knowing a second language is a plus

Sales Manager

This specialist is responsible for supporting sales activities, finding new customers, selling products or services to customers and generally generating profit for a company.

Average salary

$80K / year

Key skills

  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Familiarity with CRM systems
  • Experience with meeting tools like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc.
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word)

Recruiter

This specialist is responsible for finding new employees. It includes the process of searching for such people, contacting them, and leading a job interview.

Average salary

$49K / year

Key skills

  • Strong research skills
  • Business communication skills
  • Knowledge of key modern social media and recruiting channels
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word)
  • Soft skills like strong written and verbal communication and negotiating skills

Human Resource specialist (HR)

This person supports employees and managers in different HR-related questions. It includes onboarding, preparing official HR documentations, benefits administration and other administrative tasks.

Average salary

$53K / year

Key skills

  • Proficiency with MS Office (Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word)
  • Business communication skills
  • Soft skills like strong written and verbal communication skills, planning and organizational skills, collaborative work style, etc.

Online Management Jobs

Project manager

This role usually means managing the budget, timeline, and people who work on a project. This person plans, budgets, monitors, and documents all progress of a particular project, including delays, setbacks, and unexpected circumstances. This specialist leads the resources assigned to a project and is ultimately responsible for the project’s progress.

Average salary

$66K / year

Key skills

  • Understanding of Traditional (PMI, Prince2, RUP and etc.) and Agile (SCRUM, Kanban, XP, Lean and etc.) project management methodologies.
  • Understanding website design and development process.
  • Requirements gathering and project spec write-up.
  • Knowledge of user experience (UX) best practices.
  • Understanding of Google Analytics or other analytics tool 
  • Familiarity with database management and data visualization software, like MySQL or Tableau.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) / PRINCE II certification is a plus.

Product manager

This person is usually responsible for growing a product (like software), developing new features, and increasing its profitability. This person works with marketing and development teams to grow a business and develop better technical solutions.

Average salary

$100K / year

Key skills

  • Knowledge of Agile/Scrum methodologies
  • Writing user stories/ acceptance criteria
  • Understanding of UX/UI concepts
  • Proficiency of Excel and PowerPoint
  • Understanding such concepts as sales funnels, conversion, lead generation, ROI and other related terms
  • Knowledge of bests practices and tools to increase the profitability of a business
  • A/B testing experience to validate hypothesis
  • Google Analytics, PowerBI and other analytics tools

Tech Online Jobs

Business Analyst

This is an expert who delivers data-driven insights and finds improvement opportunities for a business. This person needs to communicate with both stakeholders and development and designer teams to implement new features, improve conversion and identify innovation opportunities. 

Average salary

$70K / year

Key skills

  • Knowledge of SQL, familiarity with MySQL or BigQuery
  • Familiarity with data visualization tools Power BI, Tableau, or Google Data Studio
  • Knowledge of programming languages like Python or R
  • Data analytics tool like Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, 
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills

Data Analyst

This person needs to work with data effectively to extract actionable insights from data and help business make data-driven decisions.

Average salary

$73K / year

Key skills

  • A solid grasp of common statistical methods and applications (A/B testing, time series analysis, forecasting, regression, etc)
  • Familiarity with R or Python
  • SQL skills
  • Excel skills (formulas, vlookup, pivot table…)
  • Familiarity with data visualization tools like PowerBI, Tableau, Metabase, Mode Analytics, Chartio, etc
  • Data-driven storytelling skills

Data Scientist

Such a specialist is responsible for building algorithmic solutions and implementing them. This person also analyses different kinds of datasets, makes predictions based on data, builds neural networks and does some other data-related tasks.

Average salary

$130K / year

Key skills

  • Programming with Python, R, Matlab, or SAS
  • SQL skills
  • Data wrangling skills
  • Visual analytics tools (Tableau, Power BI, Qlik)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning knowledge
  • NLP (natural language processing)

Software Engineer (Back end)

Such a specialist works with a server side of web applications, develops logic of how an application will work and integrates a front-end part to a server and database. This person can use different languages for work, among the most popular are Python, Java, C++, and PHP.

Average salary

$73K / year

Key skills (Java Software Engineer)

  • Knowledge of core Java including new features like LAMDA, Concurrencies, String manipulations, Collections, Network etc.
  • Using Java frameworks and APIs
  • Knowledge of one or more relational/non-relational databases (such as MySQL, SQLServer, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MongoDB)
  • Knowledge of Docker or other container based technology
  • Linux shell scripting and server administration

Software Engineer (Front end)

This specialist is responsible for developing a client side of web application. This person programmes how an application will look and how it will work without connecting it to a server. 

Average salary

$73K / year

Key skills

  • JavaScript, HTML (HTML5) and CSS (CSS3)
  • JavaScript frameworks like React, Angular, or Vue
  • Webpack and Sass
  • Implementing rest API
  • Ability to use Git, Gerrit or other similar version control systems

Full-stack Software Engineer

This person is responsible for both client and server side of developing a web application. This is a software engineer who can build an application within a full cycle. 

Key skills

  • Knowledge of Kotlin, Node, React, Git, AWS, MongoDB
  • Familiarity with Agile development methodologies

Web Software Engineer (JavaScript or Django)

This specialist is one who builds web applications, websites. Such A person is usually required to know JavaScript or Django (Python) and know popular CMS like WordPress.

Average salary

$60K / year

Key skills

Understanding object-oriented programing concepts

  • Understanding of HTML, CSS and JavaScript (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript ES6)
  • Understanding of the Command Line
  • Understanding how web and browsers work
  • Integration of third-party APIs

(for JS applications and websites)

  • Knowledge of Vue, React or Angular.

(for Python applications)

  • Familiarity with Django or any similar framework, auto-scaling and rapid deployment mechanisms for web-based applications
  • Using Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop and Xd)

QA Tester

This role requires designing tests, reviewing requirements and executing testing to ensure an application or a website works well. It means, this specialist tests a website within different web browsers to find and report bugs.

Average salary

$60K / year

Key skills

  • Knowledge of the Testing Lifecycle
  • Knowledge of software development lifecycles
  • Familiarity with web debugging tools and technologies (fiddler, charles, etc).
  • Knowledge of SQL

Design Online Jobs

UX/UI designer

This person is responsible for understanding the needs of both a user & business and translating them into wireframes, design, and digital product prototypes. This job usually includes conducting user research and developing design concepts based on user insights.

Average salary

$70K / year

Key skills

  • Proficient with design systems and prototyping tools like Figma, Photoshop, Sketch, Illustrator, or InVision
  • Knowledge of Research and design methodologies including site architecture and navigation, user testing, stakeholder interviews, card sorting exercises, heuristic analysis, persona development, wireframing and prototyping
  • Basic skills in HTML5 and CSS3

It is important for a UX/UI designer to have a portfolio.

Web Designer

This role means designing websites, web applications, landing pages, etc. according to the given criteria. 

Average salary

$50K / year

Key skills

  • Proficiency in graphic design software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator InDesign, Sketch or other visual design tools
  • Understanding of web technologies (Javascript, HTML, CSS, HubL)

Graphic Designer 

This specialist is responsible for creating visuals for different aims. It can be banners, ads, logos and many more elements.

Average salary

$50K / year

Key skills

  • Understanding of Typography and layout composition
  • Sense of typography and branding
  • Skills in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign. Knowledge in Adobe After Effects and Premier.

It is important for a Graphic designer to have a portfolio.

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