These Are the 20 Jobs With the Best Work/Life Balance
Like Loverboy once said, everybody's working for the weekend. And after them, Britney was all, you better work, b*tch. And for Rihanna, it's all work, work, work, work, work. They felt your pain and we feel it. Which is why you might want to consider a job that has a better work-life balance than perhaps the one you're in right now.
Recruiting site Glassdoor recently analyzed employee feedback data and ranked the professions best suited for those who don't want to let their jobs overtake their lives.
Based on a five-point scale (with 1 being very dissatisfied and 5 is very satisfied), it can be anything from the option to work remotely, set a flexible schedule, actually use vacation time and, most notable, unplug in the evenings and on weekends. Yep, technology, while so, so awesome, can be quite the pain.
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20. Data analystWork-life balance rating: 3.8
Median salary: $65,694
Collecting data and translating numbers into everyday English (this can be anything from market research and sales figures to logistics or transportation costs) helps companies make better business decisions. So if you're still counting on your fingers, you might want to pass on this.
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19. Technical editorWork-life balance rating: 3.8
Median salary: $61,486
Editing complex documents for the average person to understand, the job covers everything from traditional copy and production editing to more substantive work to ensure accuracy and clarity of tech information that is intelligible to its intended audience. If you're a techie who likes playing the role of grammar police, this might be the perfect job for you.
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18. Content managerWork-life balance rating: 3.8
Median salary: $73,909
Overseeing a website's content and maintaining its freshness and readability is the primary focus but he/she may also be responsible for creating, editing, posting, updating, and cleaning up outdated content. It takes leadership skills but also creativity and writing ability as well so you have to be able to do more than string a sentence or two together.
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17. Web designerWork-life balance rating: 3.8
Median salary: $61,198
If you're both creative and technically inclined, this is the gig for you. Being able to build and/or redesign websites is one facet but also having the ability to know what makes a site functional and easy to use, all while making it aesthetically appealing is the other.
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16. PHP developerWork-life balance rating: 3.8
Median salary: $79,923
Also considered software or web developers, PHP is the language used for web development and business applications. You need to be technically savvy, know how to develop programs, create user interfaces and be responsible for software testing and website administration. Great for those who are self-employed or prefer to work contracts.
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15. Social media managerWork-life balance rating: 3.8
Median salary: $54,908
These jobs generally involve representing a brand, managing community engagement, driving traffic and keeping up with the analytics on various social media platforms. Perfect in today's world.
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14. Library assistantWork-life balance rating: 3.9
Median salary: $28,929
Sometimes known as a library technician, you would help librarians acquire, prepare and organize materials, as well as any library job task such as cataloguing and shelving books.
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13. Substitute teacherWork-life balance rating: 3.9
Median salary: $25,178
Filling in for a student's regular teacher is some pretty big shoes to fill because you have to make sure the lesson plan is followed and know the school rules and policies that need to be enforced.
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12. Scrum masterWork-life balance rating: 3.9
Median salary: $89,428
Weird title but to put it simply, the Scrum master takes on the administrative, coaching and leadership roles that make Scrum (software development framework for managing product development) possible. Think of yourself as the chief organizer of the company, coordinating teams to help manage projects.
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11. Marketing analystWork-life balance rating: 3.9
Median salary: $65,000
You study information to help your employer or client make informed decisions about their market. So anything from what markets to launch a product in, to the price you might charge for something. You need to have decent statistical skills both mathematically (making sense of large sets of numbers) and with words (digesting a lot of info to distinguish what's relevant and what's not).
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10. Research engineerWork-life balance rating: 3.9
Median salary: $103,029
Depending on your field (be it mechanical, electrical or aerospace), an engineer works with other researchers and engineers, analyzing, implementing and testing materials in a lab.
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9. DevOps engineerWork-life balance rating: 4.0
Median salary: $110,000
If research engineers are those who find the best technological innovations for a company, development and operations (see how they did that) engineers are the ones developing and managing such innovations. So even more technical than those in research.
8. Mobile developerWork-life balance rating: 4.0
Median salary: $101,318
They lead the creation of companies' apps for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Pretty cool.
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7. Technical account managerWork-life balance rating: 4.0
Median salary: $75,000
Along with providing technical assistance, the responsibilities generally consist of managing a company's various accounts and assisting partners and/or customers.
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6. Recruiting coordinatorWork-life balance rating: 4.0
Median salary: $48,000
This is the person who decides who is suited for open positions and whether or not you go further in the hiring process in an organization or company. If you like to wield a lot of power, here you go.
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4. Strategy managerWork-life balance rating: 4.0
Median salary: $110,487
Strategic management involves formulating and implementing goals and initiatives set by a company's top management. If you want everyone relying on you, as you lead and advise on a company's strategic plans, then have at it.