Finding a Career That Matches Your Lifestyle

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When we choose a career, we usually do so with professional goals in mind––with little or no thought to our lifestyle goals.

A single person likely thinks differently than a married person with a family, much like a younger person has different priorities than an older person. Fortunately, whatever your lifestyle goals are, you can find a career that will help you accomplish that.

Here are a few examples.

High Pay

Some of us select a career because we are driven by a nice, fat paycheck.

Glassdoor was nice enough to put together a list of the top paying jobs in 2019. Health care and technology careers lead the way, but those aren’t the only industries that pay well.

Among the jobs with salaries averaging above $100k that are in high demand are physician, pharmacy manager, dentist, corporate counsel, architect and even plant manager.

Meaningfulness

If you are driven by making the world a better place, PayScale offered its list of potential career choices across a variety of salary levels.

Working in the clergy or as a teacher can positively impact many people, but won’t pay as well as becoming a surgeon or psychiatrist, where you can earn well into six figures.

Other careers on the list include radiation therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, anesthesiologists and Epidemiologists.    

Low Stress

We all have different levels of stress that we can manage, and some of us prefer to have a career with as little stress as possible while still earning a good living.

According to the Occupational Information Network Database, the leading options for a low-stress career include actuary, audiologist, software developer and data scientist.

Job Security

For some of us, the career that gives us the most peace of mind is one that will always be there. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, high-paying jobs that are poised to enjoy healthy employment growth over the next decade include nurses, software developers, physicians and physician’s assistants, financial managers, accountants and lawyers.

Flexibility

The importance of having a flexible work schedule while making a good salary is growing for people, especially among those who need to balance their career and parenthood.

There are many work-from-home opportunities such as call center/customer service representative, freelance writer, public relations specialist and accountant. Websites such as FlexJobs.com have a database of flexible full-time, part-time and freelance opportunities.

We all have different ways of defining happiness when it comes to our career. Some of us are driven by money, others prioritize a flexible schedule that allows for more time with their family. And the list of factors goes on. Whatever your priority is, there is a career out there for you.