What are the best jobs for work-life balance?
A new report lists some surprising careers for ultimate job satisfaction.
The opening theme song to "The Flintstones" shows Fred hard at work at the quarry. Moments later, the foreman rings a bell, announcing the end of the workday. Fred's giddy reaction to the conclusion of his long day of back-breaking labor is summed up in three words: "Yabba Dabba Doo!"
We've come a long way from those prehistoric days. In the digital age, more people are seeking jobs that offer them both flexibility and fulfillment. Indeed, taken one step further, recent research from Tel Aviv University shows how following your passion – and not a paycheck – will be more beneficial in the long run.
And now comes a new report from career site Glassdoor.com, which lists the 25 best jobs for work-life balance. What's interesting is that despite what some may think about a grueling life in the tech industry, many of the jobs on the list were Internet-related jobs.
These findings are especially important to recent college graduates who are increasingly showing a desire for seeking jobs that provide a better work-life balance. “Offering a flexible workplace is critical to attracting top talent in today’s tech sector. While at work, we offer our employees an environment that promotes creativity and camaraderie,” Jonathan Caras, the 32-year-old COO of an Israeli-based startup called Glide, told From The Grapevine. At his company's headquarters in Jerusalem, employees can often be seen decompressing with a game of ping-pong or Mario Kart, and relaxing with the dogs who meander around the office.
However, Caras cautions about not spending enough time with family. “In the tech industry, everywhere can easily become your workspace, so we specifically encourage our employees to maintain a strong work-life balance by spending time with their families that is uninterrupted by work," he said.
So what are the top jobs for work-life balance? According to the new report from Glassdoor, they are:
- Data Scientist
- Search Engine Optimization Manager
- Talent Acquisition Specialist
- Social Media Manager
- Substitute Teacher
- Recruiting Coordinator
- User Experience Designer
- Digital Marketing Manager
- Marketing Assistant
- Web Developer
Other jobs in the top 25 include web designers, software engineers, content managers and app developers.
Perhaps one reason for the high showing of tech-related jobs on the list is that those companies are well-known for providing perks to their employees. Many big Silicon Valley firms offer free gym memberships, gourmet lunches, complimentary daycare, telecommuting options and more. Some Google offices around the world look more like indoor playgrounds than ho-hum cubicles. It's come to the point where universities now tout how many of their alumni go on to work at Google.
At the same time, there are many job openings in the industry, leading some tech companies to try bizarre recruiting techniques. This summer, an Israeli-based startup looking to hire computer programmers advertised its openings in Klingon, hoping to attract "Star Trek" fans familiar with the fictional language.
Glassdoor will continue to track the work-life balance of various industries for future reports. The topic seems to be part of their corporate DNA. After all, their slogan is "Get Hired. Love Your Job."
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