Looking for a New Gig? Here Are the 25 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance

posted: 10/20/15
by: Mara Betsch
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When determining what I wanted to be when I grew up, I thought about the skills I possessed, what motivated me, and, maybe naively, the impact I wanted to have on the world. What I didn't consider was that a lot of what makes a "dream job" a dream is its ability to allow you to have a life outside of the office. With budgets tighter than ever, and employees asked to go above and beyond the job they were hired to do, it's no surprise that employee satisfaction has declined over the past few years.

According to Glassdoor, a growing recruiting website, the average work-life balance rating on their site in 2009 was a 3.5 (on a scale of 1 to 5), but the average rating declined to 3.2 in 2015. Fortunately, there is hope. There are plenty of jobs with higher-than-average work-life balance ratings, and, many of those jobs are in the tech industry.

The site examined the work-life balance ratings of hundreds of different jobs and determined the top 25 jobs that (supposedly) offer the best work-life balance. Here they are:

1. Data Scientist (average work-life balance is 4.2)

2. SEO Manager

3. Talent Acquisition Specialist

4. Social Media Manager

5. Substitute Teacher

6. Recruiting Coordinator

7. UX Designer

8. Digital Marketing Manager

9. Marketing Assistant

10. Web Developer

11. Risk Analyst

12. Civil Engineer

13. Client Manager

14. Instructional Designer

15. Marketing Analyst

16. Software QA Engineer

17. Web Designer

18. Research Technician

19. Program Analyst

20. Data Analyst

21. Content Manager

22. Solutions Engineer

23. Lab Assistant

24. Software Developer

25. Front End Developer (average work-life balance rating is 3.7)

What do you think -- are these the best jobs for work-life balance?