The Top Jobs for Work-Life Balance Are…

tightrope-balance_300What do a social media manager, a firefighter, and a law clerk have in common? Turns out, they might be some of the very best jobs for a healthy work-life balance.

While a positive attitude always helps in achieving happiness at work, Glassdoor.com measured the work-life balance ratings that were shared on their site between July 2013 and July 2014. Based on ratings from a 5-point scale (“very dissatisfied” to “very satisfied”) the career site found the best jobs for well-rounded experiences. Here are the top 10:

Data Scientist
SEO Specialist
Tour Guide
Lifeguard
Social Media Manager
Group Fitness Instructor
User Experience Designer
Corporate Communications
Firefighter
Equity Trader/Law Clerk/Investment Analyst/Administrative Assistant

Glassdoor interviewed some of the lucky people with balanced jobs, and the overarching similarities between these seemingly-random occupations are threefold: Working alongside other talented people, good company culture (including decent pay and nice perks—whether it’s classes for tour guides or gym memberships for lifeguards), and flexible schedules.

This study comes just over a year after a report from Hay Group, where 40% of employees reported that their organizations do not provide sufficient work-life balance support. Take note, employers: 27% of people who don’t think their company supports work-life balance plan to leave in the next two years, compared to only 17% of people who are happy with their company’s balance. Perhaps we can expect lots of Data Scientist applications in the near future.

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COMMENTS

  1. Healthcoach Kathy

    Surprised to not see any network marketing companies listed. I am fortunate to have found this business model several years ago and there is nothing better than setting your own schedule and being rewarded financially for your own hard work.

    July 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm
  2. Kristin

    I am an administrative assistant and even though the pay is not high, I really enjoy the diversity.

    July 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm
  3. Fred Talbott

    Great article–immensely helpful. I left a time and life-gobbling time and life-gobbling law career to best raise my young daughter. First chose journalism–exciting, total time flexibility, and mobile so I could check on my daughter in daycare. Moved to the beach and gave her–and me–a great lifestyle there. Next taught at universities–good pay and AMAZING schedule, including four to five months off each year!!! Beautiful. Wonderful family time, and lots of time to write, speak, really study investments and opportunities, etc. It gave me a fascinating life of freedom. Hope everyone will think about this–and doing what you love–when picking your career paths.

    July 28, 2014 at 9:38 am
  4. Fiona Craig

    Creating a better work-life balance having suffered from chronic fatigue some twenty years ago was to work for myself. I love the flexibility of getting my son to school, walking the dog, seeing clients from 11-3.30pm and then walk the dog, cook dinner and then doing admin at night. I seem to be better in short bursts. Then I rebranded myself as a Life Balance Coach and enjoy helping women with the juggling of work and family. I find it’s less about balance and more about the choices and the risks we are prepared to take. The more organised and flexible for life’s little hiccups the better. My life balance works for me and it’s finding one that works for you.

    July 30, 2014 at 4:49 am

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