Sammy Nickalls
October 20, 2015 11:45 am

Having a fabulous job you love is great, but you also want to have, you know, a life outside the office. However, with a lot of *dream jobs*, it’s really difficult to balance a crazy-hectic workload with day-to-day living. Luckily, career website Glassdoor has done a bunch of research and compiled a report on the top 25 best jobs for work-life balance.

Using a five-point scale (five meaning very satisfied), employees rated their jobs on the site over the past year. While overall work-life balance satisfaction has gone down — the rating was an average of 3.5 in 2009, 3.4 in 2012, and 3.2 thus far in 2015, according to the report — there are some jobs that have a much higher rating.

Interestingly enough, 10 of the 25 jobs are in tech. . . unexpected, since tech tends to be associated with long hours and massive workloads. Then again, major tech companies have been working to increase their benefits and overall satisfaction for employees, so it seems to be working.

Overall, the majority of the positions require you to spend lots of time on the Interwebz (something many of us are quite good at as it is). Maybe that’s because it’s easier to keep focused when you don’t have to worry so much about meetings, office politics, and interpersonal contact. Oh, Internet, how we love you.

Here’s the entire list — oh, and by the way, yes, these jobs are hiring, because one of the qualifications to be considered for the report was that they had to have at least 200 active listings to be considered. SCOOOORE. Grab your resume and start applying before they all get filled up.

1. Data Scientist

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

2. SEO Manager

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

3. Talent Acquisition Specialist

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

4. Social Media Manager

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

5. Substitute Teacher

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

6. Recruiting Coordinator

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

7. UX Designer

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

8. Digital Marketing Manager

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

9. Marketing Assistant

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

10. Web Developer

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

11. Risk Analyst

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

12. Civil Engineer

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

13. Client Manager

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

14. Instructional Designer

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

15. Marketing Analyst

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

16. Software QA Engineer

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

17. Web Designer

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

18. Research Technician

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

19. Program Analyst

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

20. Data Analyst

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

21. Content Manager

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

22. Solutions Engineer

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

23. Lab Assistant

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

24. Software Developer

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

25. Front End Developer

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

So, if you’re looking for a new career that will let you devote a healthy amount of time to your out-of-office pursuits, consider these cool jobs.

(Image via Shutterstock.)

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