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What Jobs Have the Best Work-Life Balance?

Published On 10/20/2015 Published On 10/20/2015
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As you may know firsthand, thanks to "urgent" 11pm emails from your boss, it's hard to believe there's still such thing as a work-life balance in today's always-on work culture. However, a fresh analysis by the folks over at jobs site Glassdoor has identified the careers people say won't grind you down to a miserable pulp and actually allow you to live your best life.

The site looked at ratings data submitted by users about their employers over the last year and determined the top 25 jobs you can turn to for an allegedly satisfying work-life balance. Perhaps what's surprising about the list is that most of the jobs with the best ratio of work to life will have you parked behind a computer screen all day, such as software developer, social media manager, and web designer. You'd think that'd be the easiest work to get stuck bringing home, right?

Along with a work-life balance rating, Glassdoor's list includes the average salary for the position, and even the number of openings for that job on the site as of this month. Check out the full ranking below and see if your job made the list. It probably didn't.

25. Front End Developer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
Salary: $75,000
Number of Job Openings: 1337

24. Software Developer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
Salary: $80,000
Number of Job Openings: 3,330

23. Lab Assistant

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
Salary: $27,550
Number of Job Openings: 779

22. Solutions Engineer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
Salary: $92,456
Number of Job Openings: 652

21. Content Manager

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
Salary: $60,960
Number of Job Openings: 409

20. Data Analyst

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
Salary: $58,928
Number of Job Openings: 1,954

19. Program Analyst

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7
Salary: $71,120
Number of Job Openings: 524

18. Research Technician

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Salary: $36,525
Number of Job Openings: 299

17. Web Designer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Salary: $53,848
Number of Job Openings: 500

16. Software QA Engineer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Salary: $91,440
Number of Job Openings: 457

15. Marketing Analyst

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Salary: $60,000
Number of Job Openings: 341

14. Instructional Designer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Salary: $66,040
Number of Job Openings: 782

13. Client Manager

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Salary: $71,120
Number of Job Openings: 503

12. Civil Engineer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Salary: $65,532
Number of Job Openings: 809

11. Risk Analyst

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Salary: $69,088
Number of Job Openings: 208

10. Web Developer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Salary: $66,040
Number of Job Openings: 2,117

9. Marketing Assistant

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Salary: $32,512
Number of Job Openings: 384

8. Digital Marketing Manager

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9
Salary: $70,052
Number of Job Openings: 640

7. UX Designer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9
Salary: $91,440
Number of Job Openings: 338

6. Recruiting Coordinator

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9
Salary: $44,700
Number of Job Openings: 446

5. Substitute Teacher

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9
Salary: $24,380
Number of Job Openings: 590

4. Social Media Manager

Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0
Salary: $40,000
Number of Job Openings: 661

3. Talent Acquisition Specialist

Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0
Salary: $63,504
Number of Job Openings: 1,171

2. SEO Manager

Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1
Salary: $45,720
Number of Job Openings: 338

1. Data Scientist

Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.2
Salary: $114,808
Number of Job Openings: 1,315

Well, there you have it. Are you dusting off your resume yet?

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and is lucky to have a job that hardly feels like work sometimes. Send news tips to news@thrillist.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.

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