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20 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance

20 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance
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If your goal is to have a successful work-life balance, certain jobs will help you get there more than others, new research finds.

Based on employee reviews, the highest-rated jobs for work-life balance were data scientists, SEO specialists, tour guides, lifeguards and social media managers, according to a survey by the online career site Glassdoor.

Employees currently in jobs in the top five for work-life balance said their positions afforded them the opportunity to have a lot of fun, work with co-workers they like and easily take time off when needed.

Scott Dobroski, a career trends analyst at Glassdoor, said that having a positive work-life balance is important for both employees and employers.

"Professionals with a healthy work-life balance tend to report higher satisfaction in their jobs," Dobroski told Business News Daily. "By maintaining a quality work-life balance, professionals are often motivated to work hard and be productive, helping to avoid burnout."

The rankings were based on at least 20 work-life balance ratings per job title shared on Glassdoor between July 2013 and July 2014.The ratings were based on a five-point scale, with 1 equaling very dissatisfied and 5 equaling very satisfied.

Here are this year's 20 best jobs for work-life balance:

  • Data scientist – 4.4
  • SEO specialist – 4.3
  • Tour guide – 4.3
  • Lifeguard – 4.3
  • Social media manager – 4.3
  • Group fitness instructor – 4.2
  • User experience designer – 4.2
  • Corporate communications – 4.1
  • Firefighter – 4.1
  • Equity trader – 4.0
  • Law clerk – 4.0
  • Investment analyst – 4.0
  • Administrative assistant – 4.0
  • Office assistant – 3.9
  • Sales representative – 3.9
  • Help-desk technician – 3.9
  • Substitute teacher – 3.8
  • Carpenter – 3.8
  • Real estate broker – 3.8
  • Game designer – 3.8

Originally published on Business News Daily.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad 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. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.