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25 Best jobs for work-life balance, according to employees

At times work-life balance feels like a mythical thing in this country — something everyone strives for and no one actually has. As elusive as it seems, however, there are jobs that make it easier to attain than others.

In a recent report, Glassdoor revealed the findings of a survey that determined 25 jobs that offer the best work-life balance. Employees in the same position across various companies rated their work-life satisfaction on a 5-point scale, with 1.0 being very dissatisfied and 5.0 being very satisfied. The top 10 jobs with the highest ratings were these:

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1. Data scientist

Work-life balance rating: 4.2

Salary: $114,808

2. SEO manager

Work-life balance rating: 4.1

Salary: $45,720

3. Talent acquisition specialist

Work-life balance rating: 4.0

Salary: $63,504

4. Social media manager

Work-life balance rating: 4.0

Salary: $40,000

5. Substitute teacher

Work-life balance rating: 3.9

Salary: $24,380

6. Recruiting coordinator

Work-life balance rating: 3.9

Salary: $44,700

7. UX designer

Work-life balance rating: 3.9

Salary: $91,440

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8. Digital marketing manager

Work-life balance rating: 3.9

Salary: $70,052

9. Marketing assistant

Work-life balance rating: 3.8

Salary: $32,512

10. Web developer

Work-life balance rating: 3.8

Salary: $66,040

Though it doesn’t say what it is about the top jobs that enable a good work-life balance, it’s nice to see the wide range of professions and salaries represented. Some of the results are surprising too. Scientist certainly isn’t one that readily comes to mind when thinking of balancing one’s life and job, but there it is in the No. 1 spot.

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Unfortunately there are no perfect scores, and Glassdoor also reports that the average work-life balance in our country overall has decreased from 3.5 in 2009 to 3.2 at this point in 2015. So while there may be some bright spots when it comes to work-life balance in certain sectors, overall we still have a long way to go.

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