20 Best Jobs To Have a Life

| September 24, 2014

Ever dream of a job that really allows you to balance your work life with your personal life? The truth is – some jobs do this better than others.

To help, Glassdoor, the leading jobs and career community, has identified 20 of the highest rated jobs for work-life balance. This list was compiled based entirely on employee feedback shared on Glassdoor over the past year*.

Data Scientist (4.4 work-life balance rating), Tour Guide (4.3) and Investment Analyst (4.0) are among the top jobs for providing a great work-life balance. 

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“Not only is everyone incredibly sharp and very good at their jobs, but also, almost without exception, everyone is a pleasure to work and associate with. I’m given an incredible work/life balance.” – Facebook Data Scientist (Menlo Park, CA)


“Great company culture, opportunity for growth, fun co-workers, work hard play hard mentality. We often have company outings, video game breaks, catered lunches.” – Geek Powered Studios SEO Specialist (Austin, TX)


“You learn a lot about Customer Service, you get to take different workshops and classes, and managers work with you and have your best interest at heart. You meet a lot of new people and it is a great environment to work in.” – The Fox Theatre – Atlanta Tour Guide(Atlanta, GA)


“Easy to get time off, shifts traded around, the management was nice most of the time.  The members were friendly and there were lots of free workout perks.” – YMCA Lifeguard(location, n/a)


“I feel that the work I do is important, both to Abstrakt and our clients but also to my professional development as well. Although I am kept busy, I also have a lot of fun at work and feel like I have a good work-life balance.” – Abstrakt Social Media Manager (Saint Louis, MO)


“Flexible schedule, free membership to workout, nice group of fitness instructors who are generally very knowledgeable about their particular classes- i.e. Zumba, yoga, spinning, clean and reasonably well maintained gym, very nice aerobics studio- large, mirrors and good sound system.” – LA Fitness Group Fitness Instructor (Montgomeryville, PA)


“The team is incredible, there are plenty of people to learn from, there are many perks, and I always get the support I need to continually advance in my career. I also like maintaining a good work-life balance, and I can definitely do this at LinkedIn.” – LinkedIn User Experience Designer (Mountain View, CA)


“The culture feels like a college campus where you get to work with lots of smart people who also happen to be nice. Work/life balance is good.” – Intuit Corporate Communications(Mountain View, CA)


“Flexibility of your work schedule. Good salary. Your co-workers become a second family.” –FDNY Firefighter (New York, NY)


“The compensation is outstanding and there really is great work-life balance. Everyone you work with is highly intelligent. Leadership encourages innovation.” – Tradebot Equity Trader(Kansas City, MO)


“Judges are friendly and approachable, salaries are competitive, IT support is outstanding, you can be an attorney here and still maintain a good work/life balance.” – US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Law Clerk (Washington, D.C.)


“Collaboration, culture, benefits, diversity, openness to new ideas, great work-life balance. Great place to gain experience.” – Wells Fargo Investment Analyst (location, n/a)


“Incredible, lively, fun work culture. Very conscious about work-life balance (which is rare in DC).” – One Medical Group Administrative Assistant (Washington, D.C.)


“Employees are passionate about their work and enthusiastic about coming to work each day, striking an appropriate work-life balance.” – NPR Office Assistant (Washington, D.C.)


“Work/life balance is likely the best thing about this company. Training is excellent. Opportunities to do and try new things are always available.” – Rackspace Sales Representative (San Antonio, TX)


“Excellent work/life balance with flexible scheduling. Fun, easy going environment.” –Lawrence Technological University Help Desk Technician (Southfield, MI)


“The flexibility, hours, and off on weekends with family are good for me. I do not have pay for day care because of the hours. I don’t have to work if I do not want to. I can pick and choose if I want to work that day or go to that school.” – Killeen Independent School District Substitute Teacher (Killeen, TX)


“Lots of chances to move up or lateral moves if you don’t like what you are doing. Environment values family and having a life outside of work.” – Fluor Carpenter (Boulder, CO)


“Flexible schedule, unlimited income, great work environment.” – Century 21 Real Estate Broker (location, n/a)


“Nice people with a high team spirit, a great work life balance, countless events, activities and benefits and low hierarchies.” – Wooga Game Designer (Berlin, Germany)

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*Report based on at least 20 work-life balance ratings per job title shared on Glassdoor between 7/3/13-7/2/14. Work-life balance satisfaction ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0= very dissatisfied; 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied.

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