Right now, there are 96.2 million mobile workers in the USA, but that figure is set to rise to 105.4 million by 2020.
A whole heap of things are accelerating the trend including cheaper smartphones and tablets, the acceptance by employers of bring your own devices (BYOD), biometric readers, voice control, near field communications (NFC) and augmented reality.
IDC said 69.1 percent of the enterprises it surveyed saw a reduction in costs through implementing BYOD programmes.
Healthcare workers are the biggest segment of the mobile workforce, followed by manufacturing and construction. In fact, non office based mobile workers make up two thirds of the total mobile worker population.
Bryan Bassett, a research analyst at IDC said that mobility has become synonymous with productivity both inside and outside the workplace.