The 13 best jobs for people who don't want to work a lot

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The 40-hour workweek is on its way out, and more and more Americans are feeling overworked and under compensated. But what if there was an alternative?

To find jobs that allow you to work less but still get paid well, we analyzed US census data for about 478 occupations distilled by the Minnesota Population Center's 2013 American Community Survey Integrated Public Use Microdata Series.

According to this data, the average working American logs about 39 hours a week, and the median earned income — a sum of wage, salary, and business income — across all occupations is $32,000.

People who hold the following jobs on average earn more than the median US income and typically work fewer than 39 hours a week.

13. Physical therapists

Average hours typically worked a week: 37.43

Median earned income: $63,000

What they do: Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

12. Postsecondary teachers

Average hours typically worked a week: 37.16

Median earned income: $45,000

What they do: Teach courses to undergraduate or graduate students.

11. Archivists, curators, and museum technicians

Average hours typically worked a week: 36.85

Median earned income: $40,000

What they do: Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit.

10. Psychologists

Average hours typically worked a week: 36.75

Median earned income: $56,000

What they do: Diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests, and formulate and administer programs of treatment.


9. Dietitians and nutritionists

Average hours typically worked a week: 36.56

Median earned income: $39,800

What they do: Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease.


8. Recreational therapists

Average hours typically worked a week: 36.31

Median earned income: $36,000

What they do: Plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions.


7. Speech language pathologists

Average hours typically worked a week: 36.17

Median earned income: $54,000

What they do: Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders.


6. Occupational therapists

Average hours typically worked a week: 36.02

Median earned income: $60,000

What they do: Provide rehabilitative treatments and procedures that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills.


5. Writers and authors

Average hours typically worked a week: 35.95

Median earned income: $40,000

What they do: Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.


4. Librarians

Average hours typically worked a week: 35.23

Median earned income: $40,000

What they do: Administer libraries by performing tasks like selecting, acquiring, cataloging, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials.


3. Flight attendants

Average hours typically worked a week: 34.84

Median earned income: $39,000

What they do: Provide personal services to ensure the safety, security, and comfort of airline passengers during flight.


2. Occupational therapy assistants and aides

Average hours typically worked a week: 34.68

Median earned income: $40,000

What they do: Assist occupational therapists in providing rehabilitative treatments and procedures that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills.


1. Dental hygienists

Average hours typically worked a week: 31.49

Median earned income: $43,000

What they do: Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.


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