The 10 Best Jobs for Working Parents

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By Jacquelyn Smith

Juggling a personal life and professional life is no easy feat - especially if you're a parent.

The good news is, there are plenty of high-paying, low-stress jobs out there that also offer great flexibility, making them ideal for anybody who wants to support their family and still be able to spend time with their kids.

PayScale sifted through its database to find the 10 best professions for working parents.
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Median annual pay: $69,500

PayScale says: Business intelligence analysts use a lot of skills that are key in good parenting, like fostering communication between departments and aiding in cross-team collaboration. If you've ever settled an argument between feuding siblings, you can see the connection. With high job flexibility and low stress to boot, BI analysts earn their place on our list of best jobs for working parents.

Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 54

Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 84

Median annual pay: $64,200

PayScale says: Ninety percent of environmental engineers say their job is highly flexible, and more than half report low stress. That makes environmental engineer a natural job title on our list of the best jobs for parents. Bonus karma points: The work you do with this job title actually helps make the world a better place for your kids.

Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 51

Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 90

Median annual pay: $74,400

PayScale says: User experience (UX) designer is one of the hottest jobs in tech right now, and it's 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.

Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 61

Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 76

Median annual pay: $76,200

PayScale says: When nearly all of your job responsibilities involve pouring through thousands of lines of code, you can work from just about anywhere you want. This job is in high demand and gets high marks for flexibility and the ability to telecommute. So bone up on your coding skills!

Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 61

Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 82

Median annual pay: $87,800

PayScale says: Businesses run on big data, and information security officers keep all that data safe and secure. In return, they earn a high median salary and enjoy flexibility in their hours, making this a great job for working parents who love numbers.

Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 53

Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 85 

Median annual pay: $77,700

PayScale says: Research scientists earn a great median salary, enjoy flexible schedules, and more than half say their job is low stress. 

Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 52

Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 84

Median annual pay: $77,300

PayScale says: Healthcare consultants report tons of job flexibility, relatively low stress, and a median salary just under $80,000 — a great recipe for working parents. It's also one of the few jobs on our list that is also overwhelmingly held by women.

Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 48

Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 90 

Median annual pay: $79,800

PayScale says: Ninety-one percent of research and development engineers say that their jobs offer tons of flexibility and 62% rate their jobs as low stress. Those stats, combined with a median salary of nearly $80,000, make it a no-brainer to include R&D engineers on our list of best jobs for working parents.

Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 62

Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 91

Median annual pay: $83,500

PayScale says: When your job involves poring over charts and tables and analyzing data, it doesn't really matter if you're in the office or working from your living room. More than half of actuaries report low stress levels (evidently risk assessment isn't as stressful as it sounds) and earn a median income of $83,500 annually. Add in high levels of job flexibility and you've got a pretty sweet gig for a working parent.

Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 72

Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 82

Median annual pay: $103,600

PayScale says: 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).

Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 56

Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 88

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