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Jobs and Careers With Best and Worst Work Life Balance

by Fahad Saleem
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Do you hate your  grueling, full-time job? You have no time for your fitness, family, travelling or reading? You are not alone. A latest survey from Glassdoor, world’s famous review and survey service shows that work life balance is plummeting around the world. The survey is based on more than 60,000 company reviews. Back in 2009, the average work like balance rating score around the world was 3.5 out of 5, whereas in 2015, the rating has reached 3.2 out of 5. In the name of “Perks”, the corporate world is sucking energy out of individuals. An average full time employee spends more than 8 hours at their job, and the rest of the time goes to either thinking about the stressful day ahead, deadlines, doing painful commute, worries about due bills or ways to make that grumpy team lead happy.

Here are the best jobs for work life balance you should consider, according to the latest Glassdoor ratings. In case you don’t find your profession in the list, remember that it’s never too late.

Jobs and Careers with Good Work Life Balance

Data Scientist (Good)

Data Scientist is one of the best and highly paid profession. Data Science is getting massive attention because of the dire need of data intelligence, prediction, and automation in the modern corporate world. According to the survey. Data Scientist could enjoy the best work life balance, with a score of 4.2 out of 5.

Social Media and SEO Manager (Good)

Social media managers and SEO managers come next. Both scored 4.1 out of 5. SEO and social media mangers could enjoy a decent work life balance because they could leave work at its place after the working hours. They hardly get deadlines. All they have to do is to schedule their work smartly, give full, one-time effort on a strategy and wait for things to cook.

Talent Acquisition Specialist (Good)

There is another important and innovative job title which garnered a good work life balance score. It’s Talent Acquisition Specialist. It’s like an advanced and smart HR position. The pay is good (around $64k yearly). The survey score is 4.0 out of 5.

Substitute Teacher (Good)

Substitute Teacher has a good work life balance, 3.9. This is because this job doesn’t come with much conditions and hard deadlines.

UX Designer (Average)

A high paying job comes with a price. In case of UX Designer, the average work life balance score is 3.9 out of 5, which is not too good, but they get paid decently. So there are trade-offs everywhere in this world.

Web Developer (Not Good)

As expected, Web Developer has a low work life balance (3.8). The website you made after months of hard work, planning and effort could go down at any moment, and you will get a call no matter where you are, what you are doing; and you will have to fix things until that website is up and running.

Jobs with Bad Work Life Balance

Software Quality Engineers, Programmers, Testers, Front End Developers have low work life balance scores in the survey, and it’s not a revelation. A simple formula to keep in mind is that the more crucial, deadline-oriented the job, the more it would intrude in your life.

The survey lists around 25 jobs with work life balance scores. You can check the complete survey to see the rest of the job categories.

Image Taken From: Forbes, Getty. Photograph by Scott Eells — Bloomberg via Getty Images

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