Top Paying Work-From-Home Jobs

Working from home sounds alluring to many people – keep your own hours, work in your jammies...what's not to like? Fortunately, thanks in large part to the Internet, a growing number of well-paid jobs can be done from home.

One of the biggest work-from-home trends is major employers "homesourcing" their workforce, including professionals in many well-paid fields. Top reasons include the need to retain key employees who want more family time, says Kate Lister, co-author of Undress for Success: The Naked Truth About Making Money at Home.

Even the downturn hasn't put a damper on the home-based work trend. The number of people who reported they mostly work from home rose 39 percent from 2006 to 2008, the U.S. Census found.

"Some people thought home-based work would shrink because people feared the lack of visibility during the downturn," she says. "But that hasn't proven true."

Here's a look at some of the best-paid jobs you can do at home:

1. Psychiatrist ($168,000)

Many a psychiatrist sees patients from a home office, says Al Lee, director of quantitative analysis for the salary-research firm PayScale. Like medical doctors, psychiatrists' training is extensive – the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes psychiatrists usually have a bachelor's degree, four years of medical school and several additional years as a medical resident.

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2. Arabic translator($87,000)

The rise of Islamic terrorism has meant a boom in the need for Arabic speakers, says Lee. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports about one-quarter of translators are self-employed. Other translators also earn well, but right now Arabic is the best-paid language, a recent PayScale study showed.

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3. 3-D artist ($60,300)

If you've seen World of Warcraft or other massive multiplayer online games, you know there's a growing need for artists who can create characters and backdrops for these imaginary realms. Talented young workers may bootstrap their way into the field, but increasingly companies want 3-D artists to have a two- or four-year degree, with courses in computer design, technical drawing and animation, the site reports. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the field to grow 16 percent from 2006-2016.

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4. Animator ($59,500)

Once a 3-D artist creates a character, an animator is needed with the skills to make the character move, notes Lee. Education usually includes a bachelor's degree and job prospects are similar to those of the computer artists, BLS notes.

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5.Web developer ($57,300)

The person doing this job completes the process of getting online games and videos up and running. Web developers also work on Web sites for corporations. They usually have a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field. Employment is expected to boom 22 percent in the next decade, the BLS says.

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"All of these workers – 3-D artist, animator and Web developer – tend to be work-from-home because they're all project-based," Lee says. "A game is coming out and they need to animate some characters and get them online – then it's on to the next project."

6. Freelance technical writer($57,100)

Technical writers document product specifications and create instruction manuals for customers. They usually have a background in a technical field such as software development. Online collaboration tools make it easy for home-based technical writers to be part of a documentation team without leaving home.

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7. Accountant($44,900)

Electronic bookkeeping programs and spreadsheets that can be easily emailed make it possible for accountants to do companies' books without having to drive over to the office. Most accountants have at least a bachelor's degree, with many holding a master's degree.

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Business reporter Carol Tice contributes to several national and regional business publications.

Source: All salary data is from The salaries listed are median, annual salaries for full-time workers with 5-8 years of experience and include any bonuses, commissions or profit sharing.

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