By Jillian Kramer. Photos: Stocksy.
Whether it's to pad their current income or gain some new experience to boost their resume, it's not uncommon for women to take on a side hustle to bring home a little extra cash. If you're in the market for some short-term work, you might be surprised to hear which jobs have the most potential in the gig economy. A new analysis shows that while tech and artistic endeavors could make you extra cash, the real side-hustle opportunities lie with more traditional jobs—think accountant, carpenter, interpreter, and analyst.
CareerCast released a new report on the best gig economy jobs for 2017, revealing the side-hustle is only growing in popularity. Case in point: The report cites Bureau of Labor Statistics that show independent contracting employment in the United States grew from 12 percent in 2004 to 18 percent in 2014.
"In this digital age, the workforce is increasing[ly] mobile and work can be done from anywhere, resulting in a rise in short-term job opportunities," Kyle Kensing, CareerCast online content editor, said in a [press release](https://ceo.ca/@newswire/careercast-report-identifies-best-gig-economy-jobs). "Opportunities to work on a contract or freelance basis and make a great career of it are growing across a variety of occupations."
And while this seems to be the norm for more creative temp roles—like freelance writers, online researchers, and web designers—that growth is paving the way for some traditional nine-to-five, clock-in-at-an-office occupations to become side hustles. Need proof? Accountant, management analyst, and occupational therapist all made CareerCast's list for best gig-economy jobs.
CareerCast notes that this time of year—the weeks before Tax Day—is ripe for contract accountants. "Freelance and contract work has its advantages: flexibility in scheduling, staying sharp by taking on new projects, and the ability in some cases to work remotely might appeal to some professionals," the site says.
Of course, some jobs you would expect to make the list did make the cut: Multimedia artist, software developer, and web developer are still some of the top side-hustles, CareerCast says.
"Software and web developers are carving out increasingly fulfilling niches working on a freelance basis," CareerCast reports. "Companies and organizations need an online presence, whether it be via website or app, yet may not have the budget for full-time staff."
Curious which other jobs made CareerCast's list? You can check them all out here.
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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