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5 Low-Stress Work-From-Home Jobs for Working Parents

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Working parents are stressed and the pressure may be getting worse. Can working from home help ease the burden?
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A recent survey from FlexJobs found that 37 percent of working parents report being stressed by lack of work-life balance, up from 29 percent three years ago. Unsurprisingly, 95 percent said that having a flexible job would make things easier.

But, of course, not all flexible jobs are created equal. To find the best gigs for working parents, FlexJobs cross-referenced their listings with the careers database O*Net, which rates occupations by “stress tolerance.” The result: a list of 37 lower-stress flexible jobs for working parents.

A recent survey from FlexJobs found that 37 percent of working parents report being stressed by lack of work-life balance.Click To Tweet

Want to work from home? These jobs, culled from their list, frequently offer part-time or full-time telecommuting options:

1. Software Developer, Applications

Software developers boast high job satisfaction, relatively low stress and high pay. They create and troubleshoot web-based applications, writing code and testing and documenting software. People with this job often have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and must be able to work as part of a team. (But thanks to technology, they can do that collaborating remotely, if their employer is OK with it.)

O*Net Stress Level (out of 100): 61

Median Annual Salary: $70,687

2. Copy Editor

Copy editor jobs may be on the wane at major newspapers, but the sheer volume of content being created by online publishers means that there’s still a need for this occupation.

O*Net Stress Level (out of 100): 61

Median Annual Salary: $42,527

3. Medical Transcriptionist

Medical transcriptionists do more than just transcribe dictation from medical professionals. Depending on the job, they might make summaries of medical records, identify record errors and produce reports. Certification is generally required for this job.

O*Net Stress Level (out of 100): 61

Median Annual Salary: $30,429

4. Technical Writer

While many technical writers work full-time in offices, this is definitely a job that you can do from home. To get this job, you’ll typically need a bachelor’s degree and technical expertise, as well as excellent writing and communication skills.

O*Net Stress Level (out of 100): 69

Median Annual Salary: $57,851

5. Tutor

Are you a teacher in need of a break from the classroom … or just some extra cash? Tutoring makes an excellent side gig or full-time job, and thanks to technologies like video conferencing, you can often do this job from home.

O*Net Stress Level (out of 100): 65

Median Annual Salary: $34,704

For more information, see FlexJobs’ list, 37 Lower-Stress Flexible and Remote Jobs for Working Parents.

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