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The 10 most in-demand remote jobs paying over $100,000 that companies are hiring for right now

Remote jobs are getting harder to come by. 

As of December 2023, remote jobs made up less than 10% of postings advertised on LinkedIn, down from a high of 20.6% in March 2022 — even though close to half of jobseekers prefer remote roles.

The good news for remote jobseekers is that some industries are still hiring for roles that can be done from home, and many come with six-figure salaries.

To examine where remote hiring is happening the most for high-paying jobs, FlexJobs identified the top 10 occupations with the highest number of remote job openings on their site between January and March 2024 that pay more than $100,000. 

The top industries offering ample remote work opportunities with six-figure salaries include tech, marketing and project management, per FlexJobs data provided to CNBC Make It.

With that in mind, here are some in-demand, high-paying remote jobs that can earn you a salary of $100,000 or more, according to data from FlexJobs and Payscale: 

1. Senior software engineer

Average salary: $126,956

2. Product manager

Average salary: $106,525

3. Senior product designer

Average salary: $128,618

4. Senior product marketing manager

Average salary: $135,558

5. Engineering manager

Average salary: $121,560

6. Senior DevOps engineer

Average salary: $129,515

7. Senior data engineer

Average salary: $128,783

8. Senior project manager

Average salary: $104,496

9. Regional sales director

Average salary: $109,268

10. Senior machine learning engineer

Average salary: $155,722

Some of the fastest-growing remote jobs are in STEM fields (engineering, product design, data science), which have seen steady remote job growth in the past year despite recent layoffs in the tech sector, says Toni Frana, FlexJobs’ lead career expert. 

“We’ve seen some pretty dramatic changes over the last year with the introduction and adoption of various AI technologies,” she adds. “Organizations across different industries need tech talent that can help them innovate and keep pace with the quick-changing landscape, and hiring remotely helps them expand their applicant pool.”

While several of the most in-demand remote jobs are senior-level positions, there are some intermediate and entry-level remote roles companies have been increasingly hiring for in recent months, including account executives, customer service representatives and staff accountants, Frana points out, citing FlexJobs internal data.

If you’re looking to land a high-paying remote job, Frana recommends tailoring your search around different keywords (for example: “work from home,” “virtual,” “telecommute” or “flexible”). Pair these keywords with related job titles or skill sets (for example: “virtual project manager”). 

You should also consider updating your technical skills. Frana says remote employers are eager to hire candidates who can “quickly adapt” to new technologies, whether it’s an AI tool or new data analytics software, and use these tools to work more efficiently. She recommends checking out YouTube tutorials on different tools, or considering an online certificate program.

Frana adds: “Any technical skill you can highlight on your resume will be highly valuable to employers as the remote work landscape continues to evolve.”

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Nvidia CEO: Smart people struggle with these 2 traits—but they saved my $2 trillion company

It’s never easy to admit you made a mistake, or ask for help fixing it — but doing both of those things once saved tech giant Nvidia from collapse, according to CEO and co-founder Jensen Huang.

Nvidia is currently valued at more than $2.2 trillion, powered partially by the tech industry’s artificial intelligence boom and high demand for its computer chips. But in 1996, it was three years old, facing layoffs and close to going out of business as a contract with a major partner — video game company Sega — fell apart.

Huang’s strategy to keep Nvidia afloat involved a rare amount of humility for a CEO, he told graduating students in a May 2023 commencement speech at National Taiwan University: “At Nvidia, I [have] experienced failures. Great big ones — all humiliating and embarrassing.”

As part of the Sega contract, Nvidia needed to make chips for rendering 3D graphics on gaming consoles, Huang explained. The contract was a big deal for the young business and it essentially “funded our company,” he added.

The company took an experimental approach to that goal, building low-cost chips that diverged from the rest of the industry’s software standards. “After one year of development, we realized our architecture was the wrong strategy. It was technically poor,” Huang said.

Worse, during that period, Microsoft rolled out its DirectX software interface, which became a standard for gaming platforms — and it wasn’t compatible with Nvidia’s chips.

“If we completed Sega’s game console, we would have built inferior technology, [been] incompatible with Windows and be too far behind to catch up,” Huang said. “But we would be out of money if we didn’t finish the contract. Either way, we would be out of business.”

Huang decided at the time that the best course of action would be to come clean with Sega, and tell that company to find another partner. At the same time, he noted, “I needed Sega to pay us in whole, or Nvidia would be out of business.”

“I was embarrassed to ask,” said Huang. “The CEO of Sega, to his credit and my amazement, agreed. His understanding and generosity gave us six months to live.”

Sega bought out its Nvidia contract, and used chips from Imagine Technologies’ PowerVR for its Dreamcast consoles. Huang used the money from the Sega contract to scrap Nvidia’s initial efforts and to build a new chip — the RIVA 128 — that was compatible with DirectX.

The new chip supported higher graphic resolutions than its competitors, and Nvidia sold more than 1 million units in four months in 1997, marking the company’s first hit product and turning around its fortunes.

It wasn’t easy to admit Nvidia’s mistake and humbly ask a client for understanding, Huang said: “These traits are the hardest for the brightest and most successful, like yourself.”

He was also adamant that swallowing his pride was the right thing to do for his company.

“Confronting our mistake — and, with humility, asking for help — saved Nvidia,” said Huang.

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‘It saves time, it saves money, it saves stress’: 3 decluttering tips from professional organizers

This spring, you’re likely to read about how to “deep clean” your finances or “tidy up” your portfolio.

But doing actual spring cleaning is a good financial move in and of itself.

After all, how many times have you lost a bill in pile of papers that built up on your desk? Or had to replace something you lost only to stumble across it later? Or missed a bus and had to call an Uber because you couldn’t find your keys?

“When people declutter and create some order in the home, it saves time, it saves money, it saves stress,” says Lori Reese, a professional organizer and owner of Consider It Done in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Here are three tips from organizing pros to help you tackle your spring decluttering project. If you don’t do it for the sake of tidiness, do it for your wallet.

1. Start small

You may want to declutter the whole house — but facing down a huge task can lead to analysis paralysis, organizing pros say.

“It’s actually easier to take small bites over a long period of time, instead of delay, delay, delay, and trying to do it all in one weekend,” says Mindy Godding, a certified professional organizer and owner of Abundance Organizing in Richmond, Virginia.

Godding recommends starting with small, low-stakes places, “for example, the medicine cabinet, underneath the bathroom sink, the linen closet, the entryway closet, the junk drawer, the pantry — places where it’s going to be a lot easier to make those decisions.”

Once you get rolling, prioritize tackling the places where clutter interferes most with your routine.

“Which area of the house is making you most crazy right now?” Gayle Goddard, a CPO and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, says she asks clients. “Which irritates you most? What gets in the way of your daily life? I ask people to find that point of pain, because that’s what needs to be cleared.”

Starting where there might be sentimental value attached, on the other hand, is sure to slow up your process, the pros say. “You don’t want to go to your photo collection right out of the gate,” says Godding. “That’s a recipe for disaster.”

2. Discard with purpose

You may know that you need to declutter a certain space, but are unsure how to choose what to get rid of. Start by taking stock of what that space is for.

Take your bedroom closet, for example.

“Obviously, that’s for storing clothes and accessories. It’s where I need to get prepared for my day,” says Godding. “So right off the bat, based on that definition, I’m going to be examining that space for anything that doesn’t fit that definition.”

That means the box of knickknacks you shoved on a shelf or the pile of tote bags you have on the floor need to find a new home, she says.

From there, ask yourself how the things in your home fit into your life. If you own something because you love it, or because it serves a vital purpose in your everyday life, hang on to it. If you examine your reason for owning something and it’s because you feel too guilty to throw it out or are tied up with how it made you feel in the past, it may be time to let it go.

“When you get rid of things that are no longer relevant in your life, it opens up the space for new things,” says Reese. “You want to look to the future and embrace where you are now. ”

3. Create a system to stay on track

Phew. You donated a bag of clothes and your bathroom counter is finally clear. Now, how do you avoid ending up right back where you started in a couple of months?

You’ll have to create systems that keep you from letting the same things pile up, organizing experts say.

One useful tip is to think about your spaces as finite containers.

“A closet is a container — a finite one. You can’t make the walls get bigger,” says Goddard. “If you want the density to stay the same, where it’s easy to hang up clothes and easy to find what you want, then when you add something you have to take something out at the same time.”

You can think of a space like the junk drawer the same way. Don’t wait until it’s overflowing to clean it out.

“When you start to outstrip your container, that’s your mental trigger that it’s time to go in there, pull all the contents out and find out what needs to stay and what can go,” says Goddard.

One way to keep clutter from building up on a regular basis: give it a place to go. Godding sets aside a basket for incoming mail and papers. Once a week, she goes through the basket and takes the appropriate action while watching her favorite Sunday morning TV show.

“The trick is to add that action to a habit, so that you’re going to stick to that routine,” she says.

Another solution Godding says has been “life-changing” for clients is to set aside space in the home for a bin or a bag for the specific purpose of regular decluttering.

“Every time you’re going about your regular routine, and you get that item where you’re like, ‘I don’t really think I need this anymore,’ instead of just putting it back where it was, and waiting until the big clean out, walk over to your spot and put it in the bag or bin,” she says. “Then the rule is when that bag or bin gets full, you just drive it to your favorite charitable organization.”

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Fitness influencers swear by the ‘carnivore diet’—it’s ‘basically a terrible idea,’ doctor says

Beef, butter, bacon and eggs — that’s what some influencers swear by for the “carnivore diet.” The diet beefs up on meat and minimizes or cuts out fruit and vegetables entirely.

On TikTok, people can be seen eating bowls of steak and 12 scrambled eggs all in one day — and some even snack on a stick of butter, biting off a piece the way one would a carrot.

The diet, similar in style to the Atkins and keto diets, goes by many names: carnivore diet, lion diet, high-fat diet and animal-based diet. Devout followers of the lifestyle boast that their skin is clearer than it’s ever been, their gut is healthier and they’re in the best shape of their lives.

“One of the best things that’s happened since I quit the vegan diet and went carnivore is that my body odor just disappeared,” TikToker @steakandbuttergal said in one of her videos. “I don’t use any soap, I don’t use any deodorant and I smell amazing.”

Here’s what experts have to say about the safety and sustainability of the carnivore diet.

The carnivore diet ‘sounds like basically a terrible idea’

Weight loss is one of the huge benefits that people who follow the carnivore diet claim they’ve experienced since adding more animal-based products to their diet. This is likely because the eating pattern also cuts down on carbs, says Dr. Walter Willett, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“It’s possible that some people who have been eating a lot of refined starch and sugar may get better in the short run,” with the carnivore diet, Willett says. “But this sounds like a diet that is going to be very unhealthy in the long run.”

With a diet of just beef, butter, bacon and eggs, people won’t get enough fiber, carotenoids and polyphenols which are rich in fruits and vegetables.

Getting fiber in your diet is vital for gut health and can lower your chances of developing depression and breast cancer. Carotenoids have cancer-fighting properties, and polyphenols have properties that can protect against the development of health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The foods that are prominent in carnivore diets also contain high amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol, Willett adds.

In a 2012 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Harvard researchers found that of more than 100,000 men and women, “People in the study who ate the most red meat tended to die younger, and to die more often from cardiovascular disease and cancer,” according to Harvard Health Publishing.

Despite the multitude of studies that connect red meat consumption and heart disease, some people just don’t agree that consuming red meat often is bad for your heart.

“This is the the mainstream messaging that we hear about red meat. It’s essentially been blamed for all kinds of human health catastrophes, from cardiovascular disease to colon cancer,” says Dr. Georgia Ede, a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in nutritional psychiatry.

“They’re based almost entirely on a type of research method called nutrition epidemiology, which is just untested theories, essentially, guesswork, about how red meat might be affecting us, that have never been tested in clinical trials and been found to be supported,” Ede says. “Then the rest of the very little additional evidence that does come from experimental studies, that comes from very strange animal studies.”

To better understand how food intake may lead to disease, researchers have study participants write down or complete surveys about what they’ve eaten, which are all self-reported.

Some believe that this is a flawed way of coming to conclusions about how foods impact health, but experts have yet to land on a better alternative.

‘If you’re eating that kind of meal, you’re helping bring down another tree’

But even if people are really weary about the way in which nutritional studies are conducted, what can’t be denied are the effects of meat production on the climate.

To this, Ede says: “Industrialized food production, whether it’s plants or animals, is really very harmful for the planet.”

And while this is true, there is a clear difference between how much the production of plant foods is impacting the environment versus animal-based products. The emissions of global greenhouse gases, like methane, from the production of animal-based foods are double that of the production of plant-based foods.

“In addition to the direct health effects that are going to be quite adverse,” Willett says. “There’s also the issue of justice that basically the Global North, Europe [and] the United States, cause most of the problems with climate change that we have today, and this sort of perpetuates that.”

“You can think [that] if you’re eating that kind of meal, you’re helping bring down another tree on the other side,” he adds. “Sounds like basically a terrible idea.”

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2 simple ways to get people to listen when you speak, according to a Stanford communication expert

You’re probably not as good of a listener as you think you are.

Statistically, it’s true for most people. Many professionals believe that they’re highly attentive, but 70% of them actually exhibit poor listening habits in the workplace, according to a 2020 University of Southern California report. So you’ve got to be clever if you want to grasp someone’s attention, says Matt Abrahams, a communication consultant and organizational behavior lecturer at Stanford University.

It’s a lesson that Abrahams learned, in part, while lecturing. Polite requests for his students’ attention fell on deaf ears, drowned out by their “chit-chatting,” he tells CNBC Make It.

Here are the two ways he recommends commanding a room instead.

Don’t say anything at all

You’re in a meeting room, chatting with co-workers. One of your company’s executives walks up to the front of the room, stands behind a podium and gazes out at the group. Odds are good that you’ll stop talking.

“One of the best things to do to command attention and get people to be quiet is to actually just stand in front of them and not say anything,” Abrahams says. “Just to physically stand up in a position where everybody can see you.”

It only takes four seconds for silence to become awkward, according to a Dutch psychology study published in 2011. It might feel uncomfortable for you too, but the awkwardness alone “will typically draw people in,” says Abrahams.

While you’re waiting, you can try to control your breathing or clear your mind. “It’s very hard to stand in silence, but that can be very helpful,” he adds.

Make a declarative statement, repeat it if necessary

Saying something impactful or thought-provoking with no warning can have a similar effect, says Abrahams.

“Just this past Monday, we were talking [in class] about nonverbal presence. They’re all talking and I just stood there for a moment. And then I said, ‘How you say something is often as important or more important than what you say,’” Abrahams says. “And then I paused, and they’re still shuffling on, and then I repeated it. And then everybody was quiet.”

Put simply, don’t ask for control — just demonstrate it. You can also try other tactics like starting a big presentation with a question, or playing music before an event starts, which signals that something else is about to happen, says Abrahams.

“Just exerting that control, either by asking a question, standing in silence or making some kind of declarative sentence that’s provocative will help people [listen],” he says. “You might have to repeat yourself once or twice, but that’s what I do.”

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