In the age of saturated job markets and various industries hurling upward at an incredible pace, most of the world’s workforce has trouble managing their careers and balancing out personal lives. Oftentimes, employers have no empathy towards their employees and offer no relief that could help all these people with their work-life balance.

No matter how fulfilling all these jobs might be career-wise or how well they pay - most people (statistically, 67%) would give it all up for a better schedule, family life, and more defragmented workdays that do not require bringing work back home.

However, there are plenty of professions that allow you to rake up some fair revenue, without bringing your work-life balance into question. We picked a few and put a spotlight on them. Let’s dive into it.

Data Science

The responsible, demanding, and overall complicated business of data extraction and processing requires serious knowledge, dedication, and forward-thinking. Still, a growing number of people are looking to find their piece of land in this profession, as it offers a strong six-figure salary and incredible benefits, including working from home.

In the United States, this profession’s average annual salary adds up to $113,436, as reported by Glassdoor.

Also, the upcoming year’s statistics about the data scientist jobs from IBM report that this profession’s demand will rise for as much as 28%. In Glassdoor’s survey about work-life balance, other industries scored an average of 3.2 out of 5, whereas data science scored 4.1, rising from 3.5 back in 2009.

Corporate Recruitment

Recruiters, also known as headhunters, look for top talent to fill job openings in their companies. People working in this profession are not oriented to acquire many but the right people. Most of their work time is related to talking to ambitious, driven, and successful people. This does not require working hard but smart.

This profession goes hand in hand with data science in terms of work-life balance score, averaging at 4.1, and has been topping these score lists for years now. People who work in it hardly bring any work home, and once they punch out, it is time to unwind.

In the same list sourced from Glassdoor, the profession’s salary per annum averages at about $65,000 - a hefty amount for a rather fulfilling profession. However, many top companies offer their recruiting team members much higher salaries, even up to $163,000.

Strategy Management

Modern companies and their chairpeople work by setting incredibly demanding goals, in terms of time, effort, workforce, etc. People who work as strategy managers are responsible for coordinating these objectives while paying close attention to the company’s organization levels, analyzing different strategies, and making sure these goals do not sink.

The profession requires leadership, being able to see the bigger picture, and generally following currents and events of modern business. If you are educated in this field and a born leader, your median salary might be just over $110,000 on average. The work-life balance score follows the above-mentioned professions closely, at a 4.0 score.

User Interface Design (UI)

Also known as UI engineering, this profession provides solutions for simple, effortless user experience in hardware and software alike. More recently, the industry focuses on websites, computers, and smartphones. However, some of its important branches revolve around cars, home appliances, and other electronics.

A good UI designer knows just how important it is to walk a mile in a product’s user shoes, as well as to be inventive in creating new approaches and reinventing the wheel. Also, a person in this industry is well aware of just how well it pays - a paycheck in UI averages at about $85,000.

Working in such a creative, innovative field, accompanied by a decent salary, equals an average work-balance rating of 4.0, according to Glassdoor’s previously sourced survey of 2016.

DevOps Engineering

This profession is most certainly not for everyone, as it is characterized by its rapidly-changing nature, demand for both hard and soft skills, and an incredibly wide tech-related expertise. People working as DevOps engineers are devoted to in systems architecture, all while collaborating with massive teams in dynamic environments.

Such a profession, of course, comes at a great benefit. Not only does it provide constant growth, both personal and professional, but it also pays incredibly well, as its main clients are corporate-sized. Indeed’s report of 2017 said it was the third-best job to have in the United States, with a median salary as high as $123,000 and a great work-life balance quota of 4.

Mobile Development

Since the early beginnings of smartphone apps, there were many predictions in favor of their success. Today, these apps rule the world of mobile, raising the productivity of billions of people around the globe. In 2018 only, the mobile app industry raked in as much as $71.3 billion on App Store And Google Play Store, with a growth of 22.7% in comparison to 2017.

Working in the industry is incredible due to the fact that you get to follow the ever-changing trends in app development, graphic design, developers’ platforms, etc. Not only that - you have a great opportunity to make yours and other people’s creative ideas to life, providing great user experience.

All of these reasons, plus a solid pay averaging anywhere between $88k and $107k, make up for a great 4.0 work-life balance score. In the United States, this is one of the best jobs you could get without actually having a college degree. Having such a high salary and not having to pay off crippling student loans? Sounds like an absolute win.

Technical Account Management

Arguably the greatest perk of having a job in this profession is a flexible and customizable time table. Even though it involves managing large teams of people, as well as somewhat frequent weekend work sessions, you can expect a large portion of work done from the comfort of your home.

All of this adds up to a strong 4.0 work-life balance score, making this job perfect for someone who has family duties. Of course, such a score implies a fairly hefty annual salary, with a lower average sitting at $75,000 and a higher one at about $104,000.

Research Engineering

People working as research engineers are not necessarily obliged to stay in a single industry. The field of science is their playground - the more they know, the more they work. A lot in this profession revolves around testing products, discovering new materials, finding practical applicability of mechanics for various industries, etc.

Since such projects oftentimes take many months of research, there is more than enough space for developing solid work-life balance. Research engineers revealed a solid 3.9 score of work-life balance, which gives this profession a spot within the top 10 best scored. These engineers rake up an average median salary of just over $103,000 per year.

Marketing Analysis

The field of research and practice of a person in marketing analysis revolves around following and scrutinizing marketing trends through strong use of analytics tools (like Google Analytics, for example), keeping an eye on the competition, feeling the pulse of consumers - both present and future, and tracking campaigns that the employer conducts.

Opting in for such a career also involves working in lively environments, collaborating with many different professionals within a workplace, etc. With such great responsibility comes a strong reward in the form of a 4.0 average work-balance score and a $61k salary (sometimes even growing to a solid six-figure).

SCRUM Mastery

It might sound like a funny word, but having a SCRUM team in your company is the root of excellence in coworking environments, especially in the software development industries. Besides the product owner, Scrum masters are the representatives of the entire development teams, keeping up the morale, making sure the team has a consistent workflow, and solidifying the overall team framework through specific ‘Scrum Sprints.’

Uplifting and bonding a team of experts is another pleasing and honoring aspect of this profession. That said, working as a Scrum master often means an average base pay of more than $94,000, and people in this profession revealed a dashing 3.9 work-balance score.

Bottom Line

Having this balance in the 21st century should not be a luxury, but, unfortunately, it is for many. Even though some of these professions might sound unconventional, all of them are rooted deeply in the success of the modern corporate world. However, these are just a few of the great professions offering a stagnant, solid pay and opportunities of balancing your personal life and career greatly.

Author's Bio: 

Andriana Moskovska is a content curator and contributor to six different websites. Prior to pursuing writing as a career, she worked as an English language teacher in Bitola, Macedonia for almost three years. At home, she lives with her two dachshunds whom she adores so much. Apart from writing, she loves to travel and read self-help books. Connect with her on LinkedIn.