The Top Jobs for Work-Life Balance Are…

by | July 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM | General

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By , RealSimple.com

What 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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