For those of you who think that it is impossible to have a career and a life, the careers blog Glassdoor recently released a list comprising the top 25 jobs with the optimal work-life balance. But many of these jobs require spending a lot of time on the Internet.
In the top five there are data scientists, SEO managers, talent recruiting experts, social media managers and substitute teachers. The website based its findings on surveys submitted by users. Every single participant was asked to rank their current job on a 0 to 5 scale. ‘Five’ meant that the job was ‘very satisfying’ when it came to work-life balance.
Yet the most satisfying jobs on the list were not the highest paying. Glassdoor investigators learned that the managers in top 5 were not that highly paid. Their salaries ranged from $40,000 to $45,720 per year. Talent recruiters fared slightly better with a median income of $64,504, while data scientists earned the most with twice that salary.
Scott Dobroski, lead investigator at Glassdoor, explained that people having one of the top 25 jobs with the optimal work-life balance also reported being more satisfied with their companies.
Researchers found that employers that allow their workers to have a life benefit from higher recruitment and retention rates. This means that people are more willing to work for them and respectively less likely to quit their jobs. Employees of these companies were also more productive and had a higher level of creativity.
But jobs that allow people to have a satisfying personal life seem to be on decline. In 2009, satisfaction rating with jobs was 3.5. Now that figure slipped to 3.2. Experts believe that major technological advances are to blame.
Yet, there still are people satisfied with their job. Substitute teachers reported a 3.9 level of satisfaction despite their meager salary of $24,380 per year; web developer reported 3.8 level of satisfaction with an average income of $66,040 per year; civil engineers were also satisfied with their workplace with a 3.8 rating and $65,532 per year.
Glassdoor also reported that people are less satisfied with their jobs because they interfere with their personal life like never before. For instance, modern-day technology allows employees too stay connected 24/7, which takes a huge toll on their personal life.
“Thanks to technology, employees are often checking their email and putting in extra hours […],”
And those extra hours happen not only after-hours but also at night, in weekends and even in vacations or holidays.
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