Over the past several years the world has seen a sharp decline in the hiring and retention of full-time employees in almost all forms of industry.
Fortunately for many though, online hiring has been growing at a record pace. It has been estimated that over 650,000 new jobs were created for the online workforce in 2011, which was a 100% increase from 2010 and it is expected that over 1 million new jobs will be created for the online workforce in 2012. In addition to the growth in new jobs, existing online workers in more than 100 countries and 43 out of 50 states in the US saw their earnings increase from the previous years.
As bloggers, whether casual or professional, we are considered as part of the growing online workforce. I’m sure there are many people out there like me that initially began blogging as a hobby and have since expanded our viewpoint and have begun to try and turn the hobby into a side or even full time income. That is due in part to the myriad of possibilities that are now available that allow us to monetize our content.
Bloggers, however, are just a small percent of what makes up the online worker industry. As more and more businesses are turning to operating a virtual workplace, they are hiring out a myriad of positions from software and web developers to marketing to data analysts and accountants.
It appears as though the growing trend is that the more highly skilled employees are continually branching out on their own online and freelancing for multi-national companies rather than work the standard 9-5 job at the local office, while the rest of the pack are left to fend for themselves in a highly competitive offline job market.
I believe that for many of us, exploring new income opportunities online now will be the key to our financial success in the future. Those that have already achieved those levels of success through working online have one step up on the rest of us and will continue to be prosperous as they have already established themselves in an industry that will continue to grow on a massive scale for many more years to come.