Caregiving is an often-overlooked profession and labor of love. In 2018, 1 in 5 parents were stay-at-home moms or dads, while many others have left their jobs to care for aging parents. Most would agree these caregivers are stay-at-home warriors, but in the U.S., they often aren’t compensated for their hard work.
While some companies are already responding to the need for better child care benefits and parental leave programs, there’s still much work to be done for caretakers to earn livable incomes in most industries.
Luckily, the tech industry is working to stay ahead of the curve, making room for these selfless folks to be part of the marketplace while also doing the emotional and physical labor of caretaking. As it works to usher in this more inclusive future of work, tech is proving to be the perfect industry for those looking to work while continuing their caretaking duties.
Here are a few reasons why you should consider a career in tech as a stay-at-home parent or caregiver.
Remote Work Opportunities
The tech industry is known for offering unique flexibility through remote work. Not only this, but telecommuters report feeling less stressed in their remote roles. Working from home allows you to incorporate your career into your daily life and build it around your existing responsibilities as a caretaker or stay-at-home parent. Remote work has also been shown to increase productivity and creativity, and you won’t have to worry about an annoying commute. A true perk!
Tech can be perfect for stay-at-home caretakers who want to get that cash money in between diaper changes and feedings. The industry’s high-paying salaries could put you close to or in the six-figure range. In fact, the median base salary for Software Engineers is currently sitting pretty at $105,563 (for mid-career professionals). This could counteract the financial burden caretaking often puts on middle and lower-class families, allowing caretakers and stay-at-home parents to level up their entire family’s quality of life. Money. Moves. Made.
A major perk of teleworking within tech is the possibility to set your own hours. Some companies allow for this but be sure to check with the specific organizations you apply to in order to see if flexible working hours are a possibility for the role. And if it’s not already a benefit, consider negotiating it into your job offer package.
Some tech companies like uShip.com and Datadog offer benefits to enhance the life of a caretaker. These range from extended parental leave to unlimited vacation time to child care benefits and disability insurance. Caretakers looking for ways to make their day-to-day a little easier should search for companies offering these packages to tailor their work to their lifestyle and not the other way around.
If you’re a full-time caregiver or stay-at-home parent looking for a way to bring in extra income while nurturing a new passion, it might be time to seriously consider a career in tech.