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Ability to telework available to 10.6 percent of civilian workers in 2022

December 01, 2022

The ability to telework was available to 10.6 percent of civilian workers during 2022. Among occupational groups, the ability to telework ranged from about half of workers in computer and mathematical occupations to less than 2.0 percent of workers in healthcare occupations.

Percentage of workers with ability to telework, by occupational group, 2022
Occupational group Percent

All workers

10.6%

Computer and mathematical occupations

52.5

Legal occupations

48.8

Architecture and engineering occupations

30.5

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

25.2

Life, physical, and social science occupations

16.1

Office and administrative support occupations

11.0

Sales and related occupations

10.9

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

1.7

About half, 52.5 percent, of workers in computer and mathematical occupations had the ability to telework during 2022. Within this group, 78.2 percent of web developers had the option to telework.

In legal occupations, 48.8 percent of workers were able to telework, including 61.6 percent of lawyers who had the option to telework.

About one in nine, or 11.0 percent, of workers in office and administrative support occupations had the ability to telework. Within this group, 21.2 percent of customer service representatives had the option to telework.

Only 1.7 percent of workers in healthcare practitioners and technical occupations had the ability to telework in 2022.

These data are from the Occupational Requirements Survey To learn more, see Occupational Requirements in the United States — 2022.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Ability to telework available to 10.6 percent of civilian workers in 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/ability-to-telework-available-to-10-6-percent-of-civilian-workers-in-2022.htm (visited January 30, 2023).

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