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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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shamika
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shamika,
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10/29/2015 | 1:35:20 PM
work life balance
In my opinion work life balance is an important aspect irrespective of your field. However based on the work load and gravity of work sometimes it is really difficult to stick with the 8 hours shift. I have seen some people skip their break times because of the work load.
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shamika,
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10/29/2015 | 1:34:56 PM
Re: Is the Grass Greener ? Sometimes it is......
@david I agree with you. You surely must have felt, it's better to be in an office job than doing freelancing work.
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shamika,
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10/29/2015 | 1:28:30 PM
Re: No Managers
@gary you are correct. It has the highest work life balance.
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shamika,
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10/29/2015 | 1:07:05 PM
Re: No Managers
@terry I agree with you. This mainly happens at the front end. But when you become senior and hits the managerial level, people tend to forget their past and how they work.
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shamika,
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10/29/2015 | 12:39:13 PM
Re: No Managers
I would love to know the factors considered to calculate the work life balance index.  Is it just scaling your satisfaction in 1-5 scale.
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shamika,
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10/29/2015 | 12:36:25 PM
Re: No Managers
Work life balance is an important aspect. I have seen this has become one of the top resignation reasons in most of the companies. Especially in the field  of IT. 
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impactnow,
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10/28/2015 | 12:47:33 PM
Re: Delicate Balance

Dave I agree, bed checking just undermines trust. I don't practice it and have only been burned once when an employee asked me for some flexibility during their move. They really wanted to take a trip abroad and didn't want to take vacation time. They told a number of people in the company where they were and it was all over. Every other time I found employees that worked above and beyond because they appreciated the trust.

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10/28/2015 | 12:04:42 PM
Re: Delicate Balance
@impactnow- I agree it means different things to different people, but I think the interesting thing is the solution is always the same-- respectful management that trusts you to get your work done and that clearly spells out your responsibilities.

If management requires facetime to feel like you are really working, then basically you're toast no matter how "flexible" they say they are. 
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10/28/2015 | 11:59:46 AM
Delicate Balance

Work life balance is very subjective and that's what makes it difficult to manage. For some employees it means getting out of work at a set time every day, for others it means panned peak periods for others it means flexibility to leave early when needed. To achieve a work life balance that suits an employee the discussion needs to be open and honest. If the expectations are not understood up front it just harbors discontent on both sides.

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10/27/2015 | 1:05:05 PM
Re: Identity crisis...
@tag4001  I hear you on kitchen sink problem. I get manage the darn cell phones also because they consider that "IT technology".  :-(  Life at a small company.

For most part you are correct on programming. But it really depends on who you work for and what they do. If the company writes software products, you have a never ending string of release dates to hit. If you work in Mfg like I do, the systems need to work 24x7. You don't quit working if a shopfloor program is down or accounting has problem during monthend closing.

But once you get things stable, work schedule is pretty steady. I rarely get calls after hours now, rarely work weekends, and rarely work more than 40 hours. And I'm the only IT guy onsite, with 3 separate plants to support in area. But it didn't happen overnight.
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