Top 25 jobs for work-life balance

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Have you ‘checked out’ at work? If so, you’re like seven of 10 Americans on the job, according to the results of a Gallup poll.

Less than one in three people are committed and enthusiastic about their jobs. Many stayed on too long through the recession despite burnout because there was no job mobility. Fortunately, we’re back to a situation in this country where the employment picture is getting good again.

People aren’t afraid to jump ship for a better opportunity. Often, they’re looking for a better work-life balance.

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Glassdoor crunched the numbers and came up with the following list of jobs that fit the bill.

Here are the best jobs for work-life balance

1. Data Scientist

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.2
  • Salary: $114,808

2. SEO Manager

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1
  • Salary: $45,720

3. Talent Acquisition Specialist

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0
  • Salary: $63,504

4. Social Media Manager

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0
  • Salary: $40,000

5. Substitute Teacher

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9
  • Salary: $24,380

6. Recruiting Coordinator

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9
  • Salary: $44,700

7. UX Designer

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9
  • Salary: $91,440

8. Digital Marketing Manager

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9
  • Salary: $70,052

9. Marketing Assistant

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $32,512

10. Web Developer

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $66,040

11. Risk Analyst

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $69,088

12. Civil Engineer

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $65,532

13. Client Manager

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $71,120

14. Instructional Designer

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $66,040

15. Marketing Analyst

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $60,000

16. Software QA Engineer

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $91,440

17. Web Designer

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $53,848

18. Research Technician

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
  • Salary: $36,525

19. Program Analyst

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $71,120

20. Data Analyst

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $58,928

21. Content Manager

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $60,960

22. Solutions Engineer

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $92,456

23. Lab Assistant

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $27,550

24. Software Developer

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $80,000

25. Front End Developer

  • Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
  • Salary: $75,000

What it takes to be happy at work

Who really loves their job? An AP survey that found 9 out of 10 people either like or love their work once they reach age 50. That’s regardless of race, gender, education and income. That stat really says something about the maturing process. The factor identified as most bringing satisfaction to older workers is when they can mentor younger colleagues and share advice based on their own years of work and life experience.

So there are two messages I want you to take away. First, you’ve got to make of a job what you can. Second, don’t settle. If you are miserable, go seek a new opportunity, whether that’s another job or as an entrepreneur starting your own business.

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