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Jobs for Working Parents


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Juggling a family and a career is hard work, but some jobs make it a little less impossible than others. PayScale compiled this list of 10 jobs with high pay, plenty of job flexibility and low stress, aka the trifecta for workers trying to earn a living and spend some time with the kiddos. Most of the jobs on this list utilize Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills, so if you want a career that leaves room for family, bone up on your STEM subjects.

#1 Geographic Information System Manager


 
95% High Job Flexibility
$67,700
Median Salary
90% High Job Satisfaction
55% Low Job Stress
75% Male / 25% Female

Geographic Information Systems Managers oversee IT workers who produce geographic data for urban planning, architecture, health care, defense projects and more. Since their work covers such a huge geographic region, telecommuting is almost a given. These workers are paid highly for their skills and ability to manage such a diverse group.

#2 Data Scientist


 
90% High Job Flexibility
$107,300
Median Salary
85% High Job Satisfaction
50% Low Job Stress
88% Male / 12% Female

Being a Data Scientist is the perfect profession for left-brained moms and dads. Not only was it named the “Sexiest Profession of the 21st Century”, it has a median salary of over $100,000, tons of job flexibility and relatively low stress (provided long division isn’t a stumbling point for you).

#3 Biostatistician


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88% High Job Flexibility
$79,300
Median Salary
76% High Job Satisfaction
65% Low Job Stress
54% Male / 46% Female

Biostatisticians marry a love of science and math in their everyday work. As a reward, they get a pretty cushy paycheck, the lowest stress levels of any job on this list, and a flexible schedule. Not to mention, their kids probably dominate every science fair they enter.

#4 Actuary


 
87% High Job Flexibility
$85,500
Median Salary
68% High Job Satisfaction
60% Low Job Stress
75% Male / 25% Female

When your job involves pouring over charts and tables and analyzing data, it doesn’t really matter if you’re in the office or working from your living room. 60% of Actuaries report low stress levels (evidently risk assessment isn’t as stressful as it sounds) and earn a median income of $85,500 annually. Add in high levels of job flexibility and you’ve got a pretty sweet gig for a working parent.

#5 Economist


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82% High Job Flexibility
$74,400
Median Salary
79% Job Satisfaction
50% Low Job Stress
75% Male / 25% Female

Another math-heavy job makes our list of Top Jobs for Working Parents. Economists spend their days analyzing data to help predict what crazy turn the job market will take next. In return, they enjoy generous salaries and lots of flexibility.

#6 User Experience Designer


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82% High Job Flexibility
$75,900
Median Salary
71% High Job Satisfaction
60% Low Job Stress
59% Male / 41% Female

UX Designers are one of the hottest jobs in tech right now, and they are a great job for working parents. You can easily work from home while you’re designing elegant ways for people to interact with software, and you earn a median salary of over $70,000.

#7 Software Developer


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82% High Job Flexibility
$72,900
Median Salary
71% High Job Satisfaction
58% Low Job Stress
89% Male / 11% Female

When nearly all of your job responsibilities involve pouring through thousands of lines of code, you can work from just about anywhere you want. That’s why Software Developers make great working parents. This job is in high demand and gets high marks for flexibility and the ability to telecommute. So bone up on your coding skills!

#8 Market Research Manager


 
82% High Job Flexibility
$77,800
Median Salary
69% High Job Satisfaction
55% Low Job Stress
37% Male / 63% Female

Marketing is more than a series of brainstorm sessions followed by design reviews. In order to market a product, you have to know who is buying it and what they want. That’s where a Market Research Manager comes in. These workers collect and analyze data that power advertising, and they enjoy low stress and good pay for this work.

#9 Transportation Engineer


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81% High Job Flexibility
$63,100
Median Salary
73% High Job Satisfaction
49% Low Job Stress
75% Male / 25% Female

Is it ironic that a job that helps design commute methods (roads, highways, airports, railways, etc.) is also one that allows workers to have flexible schedules that cut down on their own commutes? Transportation Engineers enjoy this duality in their jobs and earn a median salary of $63,100 annually.

#10 Civil Engineer


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80% High Job Flexibility
$62,500
Median Salary
71% High Job Satisfaction
48% Low Job Stress
86% Male / 14% Female

Civil Engineers build the infrastructures that make cities navigable. When they aren’t out surveying a new intersection or improving an energy system they give their jobs high marks for job flexibility and earn a healthy income at the same time.

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