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10 Surprising Part-Time Work-From-Home Jobs

08/13/2014 04:32 pm ET | Updated Oct 13, 2014

There are a lot of reasons to work part-time, and even more reasons to work from home. What do you get when you combine the two? A pretty great way to work. And for people with special circumstances, like stay-at-home parents, retirees, people with disabilities, graduate students, caregivers, military spouses, and many others, part-time work-from-home jobs offer a chance to stay professionally active while attending to the needs of others or themselves.

Recently, my company analyzed thousands of part-time work-from-home jobs posted over the last year to determine which career fields offered the most opportunities to work this way. Based on the top 10 career categories with these jobs, we've found some pretty interesting and surprising jobs that can be done from home while working fewer hours.

Here are 10 surprising part-time work-from-home jobs.

Search Engine Evaluator (Computer & IT)
For people with a broad interest in popular culture, this part-time work-from-home job requires you to search the internet and rate search results and content, in order to help clients make search results more relevant. If you really enjoy surfing the web, this is a fantastic part-time job option.

Study Interviewer (Medical & Health)
Organizations need telephone interviewers to help them conduct national, longitudinal studies related to a variety of health issues like tobacco use, weight loss, and others. Interpersonal and communication skills are a must, and previous experience in medical studies certainly helps.

Nanny Placement Coordinator (Customer Service)
There are lots of organizations that help families find caregivers like babysitters, nannies, and elder care professionals. In this part-time work-from-home job, people call candidate references, coordinate schedules, follow up on nanny placements, write job descriptions, and even interview and hire candidates.

Nursing Adjunct Faculty (Education & Training)
RNs who enjoy teaching will find a number of adjunct faculty positions for online courses. Don't let the "online" part fool you -- the requirements for these roles are very high. Candidates must have at least five years of clinical experience and their RN license, and a doctoral degree is preferred.

User Interface (UI) Designer (Web & Software Dev)
Often thought of as full-time roles, part-time at-home jobs do exist for experienced web and mobile application designers. Typical requirements include several years experience designing web application interfaces and a strong understanding of usability principles.

Foraging Guide Writer (Writing)
Foraging is just one example of the many surprising topics we've seen advertised for part-time work-from-home writers. Other topic areas include generalized anxiety, conspiracy theories, Downton Abbey, global conflicts, good news, endurance sports, and automotive journalism.

Language Interpreter (Inbound Call)
What happens when a doctor is treating a patient who speaks a language other than his own? Medical interpreters help out! These part-time work-from-home jobs require a professional voice and bilingual abilities in English and another language like Samoan, Portuguese Creole, Cambodian, and many others. Interpreters help with industries like insurance, healthcare, and finance.

Gaming Support Representative (Call Center)
Call center jobs are fairly common in the work-from-home sphere, but gaming support is an interesting twist. These professionals provide user support for gaming platforms by offering customer service and troubleshooting over the phone.

Virtual Physical Education Teacher (Teaching)
Online public and private educational institutions need teachers from all subjects, including physical education, to offer students virtual instructional sessions. The responsibilities of this job are much the same as an in-school phys ed teacher: plan lessons and activities, monitor student progress, report grades, and even manage virtual student clubs.

Hotel Sales & Catering Tester (Sales)
Not your typical sales job, this part-time at-home role requires people to test other catering and sales managers for their ability to sell products and services. For people with previous hotel sales and catering experience who are looking for supplemental income, this is a surprising way to utilize those skills in a remote job.

The next time you find yourself considering a part-time job, don't assume you're limited to the typical or traditional part-time jobs you've heard of before. With a little bit of searching, you can uncover really surprising jobs that will allow you to work from home in an interesting role.