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20 Work-Life Balance Jobs You Want to Get

20 Work-Life Balance Jobs You Want to Get

Walking the tight rope between being a dedicated member of your company and a dedicated member of your family seems harder than ever. With rising living costs and job cut backs, being able to show that you are a star employee seems like more of a priority than even enjoying life. However, all jobs don’t have to be that way. There are a ton of careers out there that allow individuals to be a beast at work while also enjoying life outside of the office. Today, we will take a look at 20 jobs that’ll allow you to maintain your mental health, physical health, family, and social life.

1. Data Scientist

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    Data Science is the art of taking complicated analytics and information from a variety of aspects of a company, from SEO to website performance models, and putting it into easy to understand terms. The results of data science research and their job allows companies to become more productive and create even more products. The use of data science in almost any sector makes job availability higher than many other fields. Data Scientists consistently rank number one in work-life balance.

    Median Salary: $90,000 – $120,000 (2013)

    2. Game Designer

    The individuals who are behind the creation of some of your favorite video and iPhone games also have some of the best work-life balance totals. They should be differentiated from game developers, who are tasked with implementing the operation of games, one of the most difficult jobs in tech creation. Game designers simply sketch and implement the user experience and interface of games. The use of creative skills, having a hand in tech innovation, and consciousness of worker well-being that tech and gaming companies strive for contribute to high work-life balance.

    Median Salary: $50,000 – $80,000 (2013)

    3. Social Media Manager

    Social Media Managers are the individuals tasked with ensuring that the digital marketing aspect of a company is in tip-top shape. In the past, such a career wasn’t as well developed and was even seen by some as a freelance task rather than a full-fledged career. However, with the face of social media being that of not simply sharing what you ate this morning, but the use of advertisements and marketing campaigns, Social Media Managers are being given a second look. The digital-focused aspect of the job allows for multiple telecommuting opportunities and a great work-life balance in the end.

    Median Salary: $55,000 – $70,000 (2013)

    4. Investment Advisors

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      Investment Advisors are individuals who ensure that the investment portfolio of individuals the bank is representing is under tip top shape. Through their knowledge of the markets, the financial level of their client, and their specialties, the Investment Advisors can inform individuals on the best choices. Investment Advisors, due to the calibre of their undergrad degree, usually need no more than a Bachelor’s in Economics or Finance. Aside from tight deadlines that could keep you some days, you’ll rarely find that work-life and home life mixes, with most work staying in the office. Unlike Investment Banking, that comes with gruesome hours, advising is usually set with hours.

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      Median Salary: $65,000 – $75,000 (2013) + Bonuses

      5. Web Developer

      Web Developers are individuals who work to create websites and other content for the web that makes use of programming, designing, and in some cases team management. Web Developers can be multi-facet “full-stack” developers or can simply be a developer in one aspect of the process. Web Developers are known as great examples of work-life balance due to the myriad of opportunities, with some hands-on experience, to excel to the level of a freelancer or telecommuter. This is where you can truly tailor your own schedule.

      Median Salary: $65,000 – $80,000 (2013)

      6. Message Therapist

      Through improving the well-being of their clients, massage therapists are able to make use of the skills learned in vocational school to relive their clients of pain, stiffness, and muscle aches. Message Therapy is also a well paying field as well. The ability to either work for yourself in freelance or professionally taking appointments through working at a spa or hotel, you are able to truly create your times of availability.

      Median Salary: $46,000 – $55,000 (2013)

      7. Bookkeeping

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        In other words, the career as a Bookkeeper technically entails ensuring that the company you work with is able to keep their records updated and in tact. The amount of work the job entails is usually predictable, due to how there are known high points and low points in the amount of work you will receive and deadlines you’ll have to meet. This promotes high flexibility, while also providing low stress despite increased responsibility and accountability.

        Median Salary: $38,000 – $45,000 (2013)

        8. Optician

        Opticians are medical professionals who ensure that their patients are able to maintain eye health through assistance in choosing the right eyeglasses and corrective lenses. This presents the pay that comes with those in a similar field, while also offering the flexibility and stress level that comes with others in a more retail industry. Similar to those in specialized fields of medicine and private practice, hours are almost always part-time.

        Median Salary: $45,000 – $55,000 (2013)

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        9. Sports Coach

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          Being a sports coach is the optimal example of time flexibility. As a leader for a little league or school team, you are able to have a myriad of time off to pursue other skills during off-season while having a more full-time schedule during the sports season. Those with experience in multiple sports that have differing playing seasons can balance multiple teams at once. Stress level is quite low as well. Compared to other jobs, the stress you’ll get from not having a compliant team is manageable.

          Median Salary: $28,000 – $45,000 (2013)

          10. Tour Guide

          Making use of the skills and knowledge you have of a particular location, attraction, or college can translate into a career as a tour guide. Tour Guides escort guests around a particular location, explaining the significance and history of various aspects of the place, and providing answers and guidance when needed. Schedules as a tour guide ultimately depend on the industry you choose. Archeological and animal reserves depend a lot on the season, colleges have peak times being during the summer, while other industries operate year-round.

          Median Salary: $26,000 – $35,000 (2013)

          11. Fitness Instructors

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            Through helping individuals reach their fitness goals, Fitness Instructors are one of the careers that have a great work-life balance due to the ability, like other health and personal care professionals, to set your own hours with appointments. This is a field that depends more on adequate certification rather than a specific degree. The perks are also a great aspect of the job, including free gym membership and access to certain parts of the gym others would pay top dollar for.

            Median Salary: $43,000 – $55,000 (2013)

            12. Sales Engineer

            As a Sales Engineer, your job is to acquire enough knowledge of complex products and services to sell to companies shopping for their company’s needs. This is a sales job, more complex and put in overdrive. However, while it does come with the hours typical of other sales positions, you need to have an education in Engineering to get this high-paying job. Being a sales job, you are able to set your own hours, but the amount of hours put in correlates to the amount you make.

            Median Salary: $81,000 – $90,000 (2013)

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            13. Registered Nurse

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              Becoming an RN, or Registered Nurse, is a great way for individuals to get into a fulfilling career in the medical field without the debt and time needed to become a doctor or other medical professional. Registered Nurses inform patients on proper medical care and health conditions. Registered Nurses usually require participation in a nursing program in combination with your Bachelor’s Degree or Associates Degree.

              Median Salary: $65,000 – $85,000 (2013)

              14. Law Clerk

              The pressure that lawyers have to ensure that the case of their clients ends with the best verdict possible can put a lot of stress on them. Having a Law Clerk, an individual to assist lawyers in research and organizing files, is a great way to reduce the stress that lawyers are under. To make deadlines, Law Clerks may find themselves pulling in longer hours, however many times this work can be telecommuted in situations where such an arrangement is needed. Education can come in the form of a degree or certificate in Paralegal Studies or simply on-the-job training.

              Median Salary: $33,000 – $45,000 (2013)

              15. Firefighter

              Firefighters certainly do more than rescue cats from the top of trees. From assisting in rescuing individuals from fires to informing the public of proper protection and use of hazardous materials, firefighting can be a very rewarding job for those willing to encounter the risk of the job. Firefighting also comes with a flexible schedule. While you will find that you are working certain weekends and even holidays, you can find yourself with a lot of days with free time as well.

              Median Salary: $45,000 – $50,000 (2013)

              16. Project Manager

              When a company has a certain plan or project that are looking to execute, they will tap a Project Manager to ensure that teams are organized, specifications are in order, and that the project is able to successfully get completed in a timely manner. Project Managers usually have extensive experience in the field that their company is in. It is usually the next step after their previous respective position. For example, a software engineer may rise to become a Project Manager, and later a senior Software Engineer. This means that this position is achieved through a certain number of years of work experience. Project Manager’s duties can usually be achieved in a mix of telecommuting and office time.

              Median Salary: $89,000 – $95,000 (2013)

              17. Curriculum Developer

              Engaging students and ensuring that they are getting the most out of lessons are the main goals of teachers. However, it can be difficult to do this, not due to a weak lesson plan, but due to a weak curriculum. The difference between both is that a curriculum is usually set by a school or a district that are the basis for lesson plans. Curriculum Developers ensure that students are learning at a level that is in keeping with the current times. They can be telecommuting, and in many cases, are also freelancers.

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              Median Salary: $55,000 – $58,000 (2013)

              18. Speech Pathologist

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                Speech Pathologists are individuals in a great field of ensuring that their patients are able to overcome speech and communication disorders, to live a more fulfilling life. Speech Pathologists usually work in a larger company, but many times, well trained and skilled Speech Pathologists can also work in their own companies. In either case, you can take patients based on your own schedule, making for a great work-life balance.

                Median Salary: $69,000 – $75,000 (2013)

                19. Online Tax Advisor

                Filing taxes can be a very stressful task for individuals every year. In addition, during the year, there are individuals who may have questions about how their specific situation translates into taxation (freelancers, home offices, etc). As an online Tax Advisor, you are able to work from home to offer your expertise. For those not looking to freelance, you can work with a tax filing company such as H&R Block. Business picks up during tax season, however, you’ll find yourself with part-time employment during the rest of the year while you take on another job.

                Median Salary: $65,000 – $79,000 (2013)*

                *Higher for full-time professionals in a wealth management firm.

                20. Account Manager

                As an Account Manager, you are responsible with ensuring that clients accounts are kept in order and that they are updated with the times and availability of services. Account Managers can work with a company, full-time, in the office or freelance with your own hours. The flexibility is what makes this managerial position sought over for its work-life balance.

                Median Salary: $50,000 – $90,000 (2013)

                Thinking of making a career change? Let us know in the comments below on how you hope to do so while continuing to maintain a strong work-life balance.

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                Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                50 Great People To Follow On LinkedIn, No Matter Your Industry

                50 Great People To Follow On LinkedIn, No Matter Your Industry

                LinkedIn is an excellent platform to network with great people to help you in your career and businesses. However, with over 575 million people on the site, who should you follow? This list will steer you to the right people to follow, organized by categories of expertise.

                Job Search Experts

                You will likely have several jobs throughout the course of your career, and you will constantly need advice on new trends and strategies out there in the job market. Here are the LinkedIn experts who you should follow on these matters.

                1. Liz Ryan is the CEO and founder of Human Workplace. Her articles on job searching are filled with creative and colorful cartoons.

                2. Lou Adler is the author of The Essential Guide for Hiring and Getting Hired.

                3. Dr. Marla Gottschalk will help you make an impact in a new job.

                4. Hannah Morgan runs CareerSherpa.net, where she gives expert advice on job searching and how to be more visible online.

                5. Alison Doyle is the CEO and Founder of CareerToolBelt.com.

                Management Experts

                They say that people leave managers, not jobs. These experts in LinkedIn will help you become your employees’ dream manager.

                6. Jeff Weiner. How can we leave out the CEO of LinkedIn himself?

                7. Nozomi Morgan is an executive coach. She can help you transition from a boss to a true leader.

                8. Mickey Mikitani is the CEO of Rakuten. He constantly shares his expertise in managing a global player in e-commerce platforms.

                9. Andreas von der Heydt was the head of Amazon’s Kindle Content and now the Director of Talent Acquisition. He has extensive experience in management, branding, and marketing.

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                Productivity Experts

                By maximizing your productivity, you can win in all aspects of life. The following LinkedIn experts will help you win big in your career.

                10. Gretchen Rubin is a happiness coach and the bestselling author of the The Happiness Project.

                11. Carson Tate is the founder of Working Simply. She advises us to include play in our schedules.

                12. Greg Mckeown is an essentialist. Part of being an essentialist is saying no to many things so that we can focus on the things that matter.

                13. Brian de Haaff, CEO of Aha! Labs Inc. provides strategies on how to be productive and happy at work at the same time.

                Marketing Experts

                14. Sujan Patel is VP of Marketing at When I Work, an employee scheduling software. He is an expert in content marketing and he even shares his ideas on content marketing in 2020.

                15. Megan Berry is the Head of Product Development at Rebelmouse, a content marketing and AlwaysOn powerhouse.

                16. Sean Gardner will help you navigate the social media landscape. This includes how to use different platforms to help accelerate your career. He is also the bestselling author of The Road to Social Media Success.

                17. Christel Quek is an digital and marketing expert. She is the VP of South East Asia at Brandwatch. Their products help businesses utilize social media data to make better business decisions.

                18. Jeff Bullas is a digital marketing expert. His blog has over 4 million readers annually.

                19. Michael Stelzer is the CEO and Founder of social media powerhouse site, Social Media Examiner.

                20. If you’re looking for inbound and content marketing expertise, follow Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO of Hubspot.

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                21. David Edelman is a McKinsey partner and is at the helm of the Digital Marketing Strategy Practice Department.

                22. Dave Kerpen leads the social media software company Likeable Local. He is the author of Likeable Social Media: How to delight your customers.

                23. Clara Shih is the CEO of Hearsay Social and the author of The Facebook Era.

                24. Aaron Lee is Grand Master of Customer Delight at Post Planner. He is an excellent resource for everything social media.

                25. David Sable is the CEO of Y&R, one of the largest advertising firms in the world.

                26. Content marketing trumps traditional marketing these days, and who else better to lead you in this area than Joe Pulizzi, Founder of Content Marketing Institute.

                Personal Branding Experts

                Part of what we market in our personal career is our brand. When people hear your name, what kind of brand comes into their mind? What traits and qualities do they associate with you?

                Here are some personal branding experts from LinkedIn to improve your own brand.

                27. Dorie Clark is the author of Stand Out and Reinventing You. He can help you craft the professional image you’ve always wanted.

                28. Dan Schawbel is the managing partner of Millennial Branding. If you’re a millennial, Dan is the guy to help you craft your personal brand.

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                29. Lisa Gates is the expert to follow if you’re negotiating for higher salaries and promotions.

                30. If you’re a Baby Boomer, Marc Miller will help you navigate the continually changing landscape of the workplace.

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                31. To avoid getting your resumé moved to the “No” pile, read Paul Freiberger’s excellent advice.

                32. James Caan provides insightful ideas on careers in general. He is also a serial entrepreneur.

                33. Jeff Haden writes on various topics, such as leadership and management. He is the owner of Blackbird Media.

                34. If you’re looking for expert business advice on getting new customers and keeping them, follow Jay Baer.

                35. Suzanne Lucas, aka Evil HR Lady, is a great human resources specialist.

                36. If you need help in using Twitter to boost your career, Claire Diaz-Ortiz can guide you in the right direction.

                37. Ryan Holmes is the CEO of Hootsuite, a social media management tool.

                38. Customers are the lifeblood of a business and Colin Shaw focuses on revolutionizing this customer experience.

                39. Brian Solis often reflects on the future of business and how technology can disrupt our world.

                40. Nancy Lublin provides advice on more lighthearted topics, which are perfect after a long day’s work. She is the CEO behind Dosomething.org, a portal designed for social change; and the founder & CEO of Loris.ai and Crisis Text Line.

                41. Katya Andresen provides advice on how to manage your career. She was the CEO of Cricket Media and now responsible for the SVP Card Customer Experience at Capital One.

                42. Gallup has created a system to test what your strengths are and how to use them at work. Jim Clifton is the CEO of Gallup.

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                43. Adam Grant is a Wharton Professor and the author of Give and Take, which provides advice on why being helpful at work can accelerate your career.

                44. Hunter Walk is a partner at Homebrew Venture Capitalist Company and has specialty in product development and management.

                45. If you’re running a nonprofit organization, follow Beth Kanter for expert advice on this area.

                46. Emotional Intelligence is necessary to succeed in your career, and Daniel Goleman is your expert for that.

                47. Rita J. King connects science, technology and business.

                48. Tori Worthington Rose is a Creative Director at Mary Beth West Communications, LLC. She has extensive experience in sales and digital media.

                49. If you’re looking for some advice on how to use writing and personal content marketing to boost your career, follow Ann Handley.

                50. Tim Brown is the CEO at IDEO and shares his insights on Leadership and Creativity.

                These are just some of the key thought leaders and movers in various industries. They will provide you with constant inspiration, as well as the willpower to pursue the career that you’ve always wanted. Their stream of expert ideas in their respective fields will help you become well-equipped in your professional pursuits.

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