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:
- Data scientist: $114,808
- SEO manager: $45,720
- Talent acquisition specialist: $63,504
- Social media manager: $40,000
- Substitute teacher: $24,380
- Recruiting coordinator: $44,700
- UX designer: $91,440
- Digital marketing manager: $70,052
- Marketing assistant: $32,512
- Web developer: $66,040
- Risk analyst: $69,088
- Civil engineer: $65,532
- Client manager: $71,120
- Instructional designer: $66,040
- Marketing analyst: $60,000
- Software QA engineer: $91,440
- Web designer: $53,848
- Research technician: $36,525
- Program analyst: $71,120
- Data analyst: $58,928
- Content manager: $60,960
- Solutions engineer: $92,456
- Lab assistant: $27,550
- Software developer: $80,000
- 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.