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10 Hot IT Jobs That Deliver Work-Life Balance

Ten IT jobs made the cut on Glassdoor's 25 Best Jobs For Work-Life Balance. In fact, the No. 1 job on the list is IT-related. If you're struggling with work-life balance in your own career, you'll want to have a look at these positions and see how your job stacks up. It might be time to polish up that resume or learn some new skills.
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If you work in IT, "work-life balance" may not be the first phrase that springs to mind when you're asked to describe your current position. Yet, 10 IT jobs made the cut on Glassdoor's 25 Best Jobs For Work-Life Balance. In fact, the No. 1 job on the list is IT-related.

These 10 IT positions collectively account for more than 12,524 of the total IT job postings currently open on Glassdoor. The IT position with the best work-life balance rating also happens to be the highest paid.

If you're struggling with work-life balance in your own career, you'll want to have a look at these positions and see how your job stacks up. It might be time to polish up that resume or learn some new skills.

[ Stop! Don't take that new job until you get these questions answered. ]

Glassdoor complied its list by studying more than 60,000 job reviews posted on its website. Reviewers rate the work-life balance of their jobs on a on a scale of 1 (very dissatisfied) to 5 (very satisfied). From January 1 through October 10, 2015, the average work-life balance ranking among all Glassdoor reviewers was 3.2. According to Glassdoor, work-life balance has decreased in recent years. In 2009, employees reported an average work-life balance satisfaction rating of 3.5 in 2009, and in 2012 the average rating was 3.4.

For a job title to be considered for Glassdoor’s report on the 25 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance, job titles must have at least 75 work-life balance ratings shared by US-based employees in the 12 months ending Sept. 30, 2015, and the reviews have to represent employees at a minimum of 75 companies. In addition, at least 15% of the reviews posted for the job titles that meet this criteria must also include "work life balance" and/or related terms as a positive aspect of the job. Job titles considered for the report must have at least 200 active job listings on Glassdoor as of Oct. 1, 2015.

For your convenience, we're highlighting the 10 IT jobs that made the cut to qualify for the 25 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance. The worst of these positions have an average work-life balance rating of 3.7, while the best is rated 4.2.

Check out the work-life balance rating, average salary for that title according to Glassdoor, and the number of nationwide openings for each position.

If your job is on the list, then tell us in the comments section below if your experience aligns with the Glassdoor work-life balance rating. If your job doesn't make the list, tell us about your work-life balance, and whether you're thinking about making any career moves after seeing how other positions are rated.

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Angelfuego
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Angelfuego,
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11/19/2015 | 5:21:33 PM
Re: work life balance
@Sachinee, They are mistaken. Applying preesure on me and working around the clock makes me want to crack, not work harder.
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batye,
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11/2/2015 | 5:12:24 PM
Re: work life balance
@SachinEE, some big Co. do have everything on site, it like you could live on you job site :)
batye
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batye,
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11/2/2015 | 3:02:39 PM
Re: work life balance
@shamika, this days it more like 10 hours - how I see it... or feel it...
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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10/31/2015 | 11:10:18 PM
Re: work life balance
@Shamika: Only those people work long hours who don't have a social life, who are living away from their family. Also some work centres have good indoor food and entertainment sources, so youngsters don't leave.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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10/31/2015 | 11:06:48 PM
Re: Is the Grass Greener ? Sometimes it is......
Freelancing is a very good way to Keep out of constant pressure. Although it may have some challenges but overall I think freelancing is pretty good.
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SachinEE,
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10/31/2015 | 11:03:54 PM
Re: work life balance
@Angelfuego: That I'd exactly the problem. Bosses tend to think they are doing good motivational work for the employees by krrping them under pressure. But it is the exact opposite. Employees don't care about working long hours.
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Angelfuego,
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10/31/2015 | 9:01:14 PM
Re: work life balance
@impACTNOW, I agree. It is a 24 hour a day job and can be exhausting. I think employers should be more sensitive to this and not expect you to be working around the clock, even if the technology allows for that. There needs to be boundaries, limitations, and realistic expectations that support a balance that would reduce us getting burnt out.
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Angelfuego,
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10/31/2015 | 8:57:02 PM
Re: Is the Grass Greener ? Sometimes it is......
@tECHNOCRATI, Very true. They are fortunate to be employed and to have an income. Despite the drawbacks, it does sound great to not commute, work in your pajamas without make up, and ssometimes even have a flexible schedule.
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shamika,
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10/30/2015 | 8:42:45 PM
Re: work life balance
I agree with you. Sometimes you feel the 8 hour shift is not sufficient to finish your work. Mainly when you have meetings on a daily basis. 
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impactnow,
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10/30/2015 | 7:07:56 PM
Re: work life balance

In corporate jobs I rarely if ever got a break and usually ate my lunch during conference calls or meetings. Eight hour days were a rarity especially in IT where my phone would ring at all hours with issues. It is the reality of living in a 24/7 connected world, burnout is a major issue.

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