27 Best Work-Life Balance Jobs (By Degree)

Best work-life balance jobs

I asked my list of Buildremote contributors to define work-life balance. I took 186 responses, counted up all of the common words used, and came up with this crowdsourced definition: parity between the time you have for personal and professional use. That is a good starting point for searching for jobs with the best work-life balance, but really, you should define it for yourself… and then find a job or career that fits your definition.

In this article, we’ll help start your research process with 27 work-life balance jobs and careers organized by degree requirements. In the table below, you’ll see the roles, average salaries, and the best place to search for jobs for each. In the section below that, you can read more about each job specifically.

 

Best Work-Life Balance Jobs & Careers

Career Average Salary Salary Rank Find Jobs
— High School & Associate’s Degree —
Dental Hygienist $76,220 16 Search on Indeed
Fitness Instructor $40,510 27 Search on Indeed
Nurse $65,040 20 Search on Indeed
Personal Trainer $65,174 19 Search on Indeed
— Bachelor’s Degree —
Content Manager $64,367 21 Search on Flexjobs
Data Analyst $63,260 23 Search on Flexjobs
Data Scientist $94,280 11 Search on Flexjobs
Digital Marketing Manager $141,490 3 Search on Flexjobs
Financial Advisor $112,000 6 Search on LinkedIn
Financial Analyst $73,000 18 Search on Indeed
Medical and Health Services Manager $100,980 10 Search on Indeed
Mobile Developer $101,398 9 Search on Flexjobs
Online Tax Advisor $52,188 25 Search on Indeed
Recruiting Coordinator $51,101 26 Search on Flexjobs
Recruiting Manager $76,315 15 Search on Flexjobs
Research Analyst $59,003 24 Search on Flexjobs
Research Engineer $89,758 13 Search on Flexjobs
SEO Manager $141,490 3 Search on Flexjobs
Software Developer $107,510 7 Search on Flexjobs
Statistician $91,160 12 Search on Flexjobs
Talent Acquisition Specialist $63,504 22 Search on Flexjobs
Web Developer $73,760 17 Search on Flexjobs
— Master’s & Doctorate Degree —
Audiologist $78,950 14
Dentist $155,600 2
Orthodontist $208,000 1
Physician Assistant $112,260 5
Speech Pathologist $102,036 8

 

Best Jobs For Work-Life Balance: High School & Associate’s Degree

Dental Hygienist

A licensed healthcare professional who specializes in cleaning teeth and educating patients on oral health.

  • Average salary: $76,220 (Rank: 16)
  • Industry: Dental Medicine
  • Education Level: An associate degree in dental hygiene and licensure is typically required
  • Can the job be done remotely? No

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Fitness Instructor

A professional who leads group exercise classes and provides guidance on fitness and health.

  • Average salary: $40,510 (Rank: 27)
  • Industry: Health & Fitness
  • Education Level: A high school diploma is typically the minimum requirement, but many personal trainers hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a field such as exercise science, kinesiology, or physical education
  • Can the job be done remotely? Maybe

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Nurse

A healthcare professional who provides care and support to patients.

  • Average salary: $65,040 (Rank: 20)
  • Industry: Healthcare
  • Education Level: A registered nurse typically needs to have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to be able to work as a registered nurse
  • Can the job be done remotely? No

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Personal Trainer

A fitness professional who designs and leads exercise programs for clients.

  • Average salary: $65,174 (Rank: 19)
  • Industry: Health & Fitness
  • Education Level: A high school diploma is typically the minimum requirement, but many personal trainers hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a field such as exercise science, kinesiology, or physical education. They also need to be certified by a recognized organization.
  • Can the job be done remotely? Maybe

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Jobs With The Best Work-Life Balance: Bachelor’s Degree

Content Manager

An individual who creates, manages, and oversees digital content for a company or organization.

  • Average salary: $64,367 (Rank: 21)
  • Industry: Marketing
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, marketing, or a related field is often preferred, but it’s not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Data Analyst

A professional who analyzes and interprets complex data to inform business decisions.

  • Average salary: $63,260 (Rank: 23)
  • Industry: Statistics
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in a field such as computer science, statistics, or mathematics is preferred, but not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Data Scientist

A professional who uses data to extract insights and inform business decisions.

  • Average salary: $94,280 (Rank: 11)
  • Industry: Statistics
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field is preferred, but not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Digital Marketing Manager

An individual who plans and executes digital marketing campaigns to promote a company’s products or services.

  • Average salary: $141,490 (Rank: 3)
  • Industry: Marketing
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or a related field is often preferred, but it’s not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Financial Advisor

A professional who provides guidance to individuals and organizations in making financial decisions by analyzing their financial situation, providing financial planning and investment advice, and helping clients achieve their financial goals.

  • Average salary: $112,000 (Rank: 6)
  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, or a related field is typically preferred, but not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Maybe

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Financial Analyst

A professional who helps organizations make informed financial decisions by analyzing data and creating financial models.

  • Average salary: $73,000 (Rank: 18)
  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, or a related field is typically preferred, but not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Maybe

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Medical and Health Services Manager

A professional who oversees the administration and delivery of healthcare services.

  • Average salary: $100,980 (Rank: 10)
  • Industry: Healthcare
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in a field such as computer science, statistics, or mathematics is preferred, but not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? No

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Mobile Developer

A software developer who creates applications for mobile devices.

  • Average salary: $101,398 (Rank: 9)
  • Industry: Software Development
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field is preferred, but not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Online Tax Advisor

An expert who provides tax advice and assistance to clients over the internet.

  • Average salary: $52,188 (Rank: 25)
  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, business administration, or a related field is typically required, but a master’s degree in healthcare administration is becoming more common
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Recruiting Coordinator

An individual who assists with recruiting and hiring efforts for an organization.

  • Average salary: $51,101 (Rank: 26)
  • Industry: Recruiting
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field is preferred, but not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Recruiting Manager

An individual who is responsible for finding and hiring new employees for an organization.

  • Average salary: $76,315 (Rank: 15)
  • Industry: Recruiting
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field is preferred, but not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Research Analyst

An individual who conducts research and analyzes data to inform business decisions.

  • Average salary: $59,003 (Rank: 24)
  • Industry: Research
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in a field such as economics, statistics, or mathematics is typically required, but a master’s degree may be preferred
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Research Engineer

An engineer who conducts research and develops new technologies and systems.

  • Average salary: $89,758 (Rank: 13)
  • Industry: Research
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field is preferred, but not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Maybe

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SEO Manager

An individual responsible for optimizing a website’s visibility and search engine ranking.

  • Average salary: $141,490 (Rank: 3)
  • Industry: Marketing
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or a related field is often preferred, but it’s not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Software Developer

A professional who designs, develops, and maintains computer programs.

  • Average salary: $107,510 (Rank: 7)
  • Industry: Software Development
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field is preferred, but not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Statistician

A professional who uses statistical methods to collect, analyze, and interpret data.

  • Average salary: $91,160 (Rank: 12)
  • Industry: Statistics
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or a related field is typically required, but a master’s degree or a PhD may be preferred
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Talent Acquisition Specialist

An individual who is responsible for recruiting and hiring employees for an organization.

  • Average salary: $63,504 (Rank: 22)
  • Industry: Recruiting
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field is preferred, but not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Web Developer

A professional who designs, develops, and maintains websites.

  • Average salary: $73,760 (Rank: 17)
  • Industry: Software Development
  • Education Level: A bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field is preferred, but not always required
  • Can the job be done remotely? Yes

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Best Work-Life Balance Jobs: Master’s & Doctorate Degree

Audiologist

A professional who helps people with hearing loss by identifying and assessing hearing disorders, fitting and dispensing hearing aids and other assistive listening devices, and providing rehabilitative therapy.

  • Average salary: $78,950 (Rank: 14)
  • Industry: Speech Therapy
  • Education Level: A master’s degree in Audiology, and state licensure is typically required
  • Can the job be done remotely? No

 

Dentist

A healthcare professional who diagnoses and treats oral health issues.

  • Average salary: $155,600 (Rank: 2)
  • Industry: Dental Medicine
  • Education Level: A Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) or Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from an accredited dental school, as well as licensure in the state in which they practice
  • Can the job be done remotely? No

 

Orthodontist

A dental specialist who diagnoses and treats malocclusions and other dental and facial irregularities.

  • Average salary: $208,000 (Rank: 1)
  • Industry: Dental Medicine
  • Education Level: A Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) or Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from an accredited dental school, as well as a postgraduate specialization in orthodontics and licensure in the state in which they practice
  • Can the job be done remotely? No

 

Physician Assistant

A healthcare professional who works under the supervision of a physician to diagnose and treat patients.

  • Average salary: $112,260 (Rank: 5)
  • Industry: Healthcare
  • Education Level: A master’s degree from an accredited Physician Assistant program, and obtain certification by passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and also need to be licensed by the state in which they practice
  • Can the job be done remotely? No

 

Speech Pathologist

A professional who helps people with communication and swallowing disorders by evaluating, diagnosing, and treating speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders and helping patients improve communication skills and recover from traumatic brain injuries and other conditions that affect speech and language.

  • Average salary: $102,036 (Rank: 8)
  • Industry: Speech Therapy
  • Education Level: A Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from an accredited program and state licensure
  • Can the job be done remotely? No

 

What are some companies with great work-life balance?

We ranked 100 well-known companies with the best work-life balance here. In that article, you’ll find companies that commit to work-life balance through employee benefits they provide like the ability to work remotely, four-day work week, asynchronous work, paid sabbaticals, and unlimited PTO.

We’ve also provided grades on work-life balance at a number of huge companies with lots of open jobs. Find a company to read about here:

 

Where can you find remote jobs (a key to work-life balance)?

Flexjobs

Flexjobs is the job board we recommend the most for remote job seekers. The board is specifically for remote and flexible jobs.

Entry Level Remote Jobs On Flexjobs

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Sources & Further Reading On Work-Life Balance

Here are some external sites to continue to learn about the best occupations for work-life balance:

  • All of our salary data comes from Glassdoor (and is based on the United States), a great site to search for jobs, companies, and salaries.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides good data on job duties, degree requirements, salary ranges, and growth projections.
  • Flexjobs is a site for flexible, remote work (inherently good for work-life balance).

This is part of Buildremote’s series on work-life balance:

 

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Henry OLoughlin

Hi, I'm the founder of Buildremote. I have worked from home for a decade and ran a fully remote, four-day work week company for eight years. I've made all of the mistakes running a distributed team. I hope if you read my work, you'll be spared.

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  • I’m a nurse and I can honestly say after 16 years, there is not a good work/life balance. You’re expected to work more hours than you can give most weeks. Upper management care very little about you. And there are work from home opportunities, but there is no balance there either.