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The Road Scientist: 

 

Working a STEM-related job and trying to live remotely is rarely straightforward, but it is possible. Whether you specialize in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, in this article, I’ll provide a few key strategies to help you further your career and earn successfully whilst on the road.

 

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Roles: 

 

The first step towards becoming a digital nomad and working remotely in a STEM-related field is to identify the right job or career path. You may already be working in the industry, but another role or a different department could favor your lifestyle choice. Areas such as software development, data analysis, science communication, and digital marketing lend themselves well to remote work. However, it’s important to research the specific companies and positions that offer remote work options and understand the requirements and qualifications needed for these positions first.

 

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Reskilling: 

 

Once you have identified the right job or career path, your next step is to build the skills and experience necessary to qualify for these positions. Many remote positions in STEM-related fields require a high level of technical expertise and experience. Take the time to consider paths in education, internships, or other opportunities – an online course could be worth its weight before you embark on your remote journey.

 

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Tools & Technology: 

 

When you’re working on the road, your tools and technology are instrumental. These might include a reliable laptop or computer, a good internet connection, and any other necessary software or equipment. It’s also important to have a backup plan in case of technical issues or internet outages. Take a look at some of the recommended essentials lists and see if any of the suggested items could be of use.

 

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Accommodation: 

 

An important aspect of becoming a digital nomad is finding rental spaces or accommodations that will facilitate your earnings. It pays to have directories that you can rely upon and that you can use to find a place with reliable internet, a comfortable workspace, and other necessary amenities. One way to find tech-friendly rentals is to search for co-working spaces or shared offices that offer short-term contracts or monthly memberships. These spaces typically have fast internet and a variety of workspaces to suit your needs.

 

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Savings: 

 

As you will frequently be traveling, it’s important to find ways to save on transportation, accommodations, and other expenses. This could mean using budget airlines, traveling during off-peak times, and booking your tickets in advance. You can also save on accommodation by staying in budget-friendly rentals, such as vacation rentals or hostels, or by house-sitting/couch-surfing.

 

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Getting Paid: 

 

In STEM, as with any other area of work, it’s crucial that you work out how you’ll get paid when working remotely. Many companies that hire remote workers use online payment platforms, such as PayPal (or one of their competitors), or direct deposit, to pay their employees. Take some time to understand the payment options available and to set up the necessary accounts to receive them. It’s also important to be aware of the tax implications of working remotely and to be sure that you are complying with the laws and regulations of the country or state you are working.

 

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Conclusion – Approach And Mindset: 

 

Becoming a digital nomad and working remotely in a STEM-related field is a dream for many professionals. With the right approach and mindset, you can achieve your dream of working remotely and enjoy the freedom and flexibility that comes with it.

 

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Article Author: Brittany Fisher

 

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About The Article Author:

Brittany Fisher has spent more than 20 years as a CPA. She runs her own site, Financiallywell.info where she shares her knowledge about taxes, personal finance and general financial literacy hoping to help anyone who may benefit from it.

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