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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 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.