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Build Your Career Work-Life Balance

25 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance

25 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance
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Achieving a healthy work-life balance is difficult for many workers, but attaining that goal may be easier for people in certain professions, new research finds.

Employees working in tech and marketing jobs appear to have the best chance of finding that perfect balance, according to a new study from Glassdoor. In fact, 15 of the top 25 professions on this year's ranking of the best jobs for work-life balance are in one of those two fields.

Scott Dobroski, a career trends analyst for Glassdoor, said it isn't surprising to see so many tech-related jobs on this year's list.

"Tech companies are known for their generosity in offering their employees flexible work schedules and the ability to schedule their own hours," Dobroski told Business News Daily."In addition, tech companies also grant perks such as on-site gyms and unlimited-vacation policies that make it easy for employees to prioritize healthy lifestyles and make room for personal time."

Data scientist tops the work-life-balance ranking for the second straight year. Dobroski said data scientists are given a lot of flexibility in their jobs, including the ability to work from home or work in the office at times that are convenient. [Quiz: Is Your Work-Life Balance Healthy? ]

"Plus, the high demand for data scientists gives job candidates more weight in negotiating their schedules," Dobroski said.

Overall, work-life balance appears to be on the decline for many workers. The research found that, based on a five-point scale — with 1 equaling very dissatisfied, 3 meaning OK and 5 indicating very satisfied — employees' average rating of work-life balance has dropped from 3.5 in 2009 to 3.2 this year.

Dobroski said employers need to consider how easy, or difficult, they are making it for their workers to achieve a healthy work-life balance.

"Employees who report a good balance between personal life and work often also report a higher satisfaction with their company," Dobroski said. "When employers allow for their employees to take care of themselves outside of the office, it reflects well on the company, and that's a win for employers."

To be considered for this year's rankings, a job title must have had at least 75 work-life-balance ratings shared by U.S.-based employees over the past year on Glassdoor and have had "work life balance" or related terms as a pro of the job in at least 15 percent of reviews.

Based on those employee rankings and reviews, here are this year's 25 best jobs for work-life balance and their average salaries:

  1. Data scientist: $114,808
  2. SEO manager: $45,720
  3. Talent acquisition specialist: $63,504
  4. Social media manager: $40,000
  5. Substitute teacher: $24,380
  6. Recruiting coordinator: $44,700
  7. UX designer: $91,440
  8. Digital marketing manager: $70,052
  9. Marketing assistant: $32,512
  10. Web developer: $66,040
  11. Risk analyst: $69,088
  12. Civil engineer: $65,532
  13. Client manager: $71,120
  14. Instructional designer: $66,040
  15. Marketing analyst: $60,000
  16. Software QA engineer: $91,440
  17. Web designer: $53,848
  18. Research technician: $36,525
  19. Program analyst: $71,120
  20. Data analyst: $58,928
  21. Content manager: $60,960
  22. Solutions engineer: $92,456
  23. Lab assistant: $27,550
  24. Software developer: $80,000
  25. Front-end developer: $75,000

However, if you don't see your job on the list, it doesn't mean that you're resigned to a job with no work-life balance, Dobroski said.

"Try talking to your manager and finding ways together to build more flexibility into your work schedule — whether that's taking off a few hours early once a week, or even working from home a few days," Dobroski said.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.