Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Friday, June 3, 2016
I might be able to provide some insight into this question. Based on my experience, it really depends on a number of factors that would determine your potential for finding a remote/work-from-home type position. Here's a couple of factors.
Level in career
If you are very entry-level in your career, it would be much more difficult to find a remote position. Often times, if you are working remote, you are not getting the "facetime" in at the office that is helpful in building your career. If you are more established in your career, the positions often require more travel, so there is less of a need for you to be in the office. Or, more senior individuals have the trust and respect needed to lead teams or work with others without as many challenges.
Type of work
Some positions are more or less tied to a phone (think of telemarketing, sales, customer service, etc.). These roles might be able to be conducted from a remote location, because there is less need of regular interaction with other individuals in the office. With the right equipment, employees could work remote and still have the same level of job performance.
Tenure within the company
Some organizations want you to "prove yourself" before moving to a remote position. Similar to building trust as discussed before, the company often will want to see you succeed in an office setting, before letting you loose to work when and where you like. I'm not necessarily saying this is the right mindset for a company, but it is one that I've run into before.
I'm sure there are other factors that are in place to determine your eligibility for remote work. Company culture, management structure, and industry could all effect the availability for remote work.
If you are really interested in pursuing this as an option, I would recommend doing some research on companies before applying to see if they typically offer this type of work. Start with service and software industries, as those are often known for this type of work.
Best of luck!