10 Best Jobs for Working Parents

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Best Jobs for Parents

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Finding the right job as a working parent is no easy task. It can be hard to juggle a family and a job, but there are jobs that make it easier for parents to balance life and work.

Along with a good salary, parents often need jobs that offer flexible hours and even work-from-home opportunities. Here are jobs that offer parents the flexible schedules they need to balance a career and parenthood. Many of these jobs are also currently in high demand.

Check out the top 10 best jobs for parents.

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Call Center Representative

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Call Center Representative: A call center representative deals with customers, either answering their questions and helping solve problems, or trying to sell them a company's products. Representatives typically speak with customers over the phone, although they may use email or an online messaging system as well.

This job allows for a lot of flexibility; representatives can often either make their own hours or choose shifts during which to work. Many representatives can work from home, giving parents even greater flexibility. It is an ideal job for parents who are people-friendly and enjoy helping others problem-solve.

Median Pay (based on the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics): $32,300

How to Land the Job: This job may requires at least a high school diploma, but may also require an associate's or bachelor's degree. There is often on-the-job training for the position as well. People with this job need strong communication skills and must be able to interact positively with people over the phone.

Read More: Interview Questions for Call Center Jobs

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Dietitian

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Dietitian: A dietitian advises clients what to eat or what to serve to others in order to achieve a specific health goal or to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As obesity rates rise, dietitians are seeing an increase in job growth.

A dietitian may work in a healthcare facility, a school, or other organization. Dietitians can also be self-employed—this is a great option for parents who want to create their own, flexible schedules. 

Median Pay: $58,920

How to Land the Job: Most dietitians first earn a bachelor's degree in a related field (food and nutrition, dietetics, etc.). Along with a degree, many dietitians gain experience in the form of internships. Some states also require dietitians to earn a state licensure or certification before practicing.

Read More: How to Become a Dietitian

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Physician Assistant

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Physician Assistant: A physician assistant conducts physical exams, diagnoses and treats illnesses, assists in surgery, and performs a number of other duties under the supervision of a physician.

This job is ideal for parents who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine but don't have the time or money to invest in four years of medical school and years of residency. While this is a stressful job and requires formal education, it is also a high-paying job that is currently in very high demand.

Median Pay: $101,480

How to Land the Job: Physician assistants must complete a 2-3 year PA master's program. Many PAs also have some previous healthcare experience, so you may want to look for entry-level jobs or even volunteer positions at your local hospital or healthcare facility to gain experience before applying for a PA program. Also, all states require physician assistants to be licensed by the state in which they work.

Read More: Physician Assistant Careers

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Public Relations Specialist

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Public Relations Specialist: A PR specialist promotes her clients to the public via a number of marketing and media strategies. PR specialists work with many kinds of organizations, including healthcare institutions, educational services, and government agencies. Because many PR specialists work on a contract basis, parents can create their own schedules and choose to take on as many or as few clients as they want.

Median Pay: $58,020

How to Land the Job: There are no specific educational requirements for a PR specialist; however, most candidates have bachelor’s degrees (often in public relations, journalism, advertising, marketing, etc.). Many people also complete internships at PR firms. Look for a PR job in an industry with which you are familiar and have some contacts.

Read More: Public Relations Careers

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School Bus Driver

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School Bus Driver: School bus drivers transport students to and from school. A parent with this job can enjoy the same schedule as her children, and may even be able to drive her own children to school. Bus drivers typically have time off in the middle of the day to run errands, take care of non school-age children, or even work another part-time job.

Median Pay: $31,920

How to Land the Job: Most bus driver positions require a high school diploma. You will also need a valid commercial driver's license (CDL), and will likely have to undergo some training and a background check.

Read More Transportation Jobs

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Speech-Language Pathologist

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Speech-Language Pathologist: A speech-language pathologist diagnoses and treats communication and swallowing disorders in patients. Speech pathologists can work in healthcare facilities, schools, or patients' homes.

Many speech pathologists have flexible work hours, and can arrange appointments around their own schedules. Those working in schools typically get school vacations off, allowing parents to follow their children's schedules.

Speech-language pathologist jobs are expected to increase much faster than average over the next few years.

Median Pay: $74,680

How to Land the Job: Speech-language pathologists must complete a two-year master's program, and most states require pathologists to be licensed.

Read More: Speech Language Pathologist Skills List

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Tax Accountant

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Tax Accountant: Tax accountants prepare clients' tax returns and reports. They must also stay up-to-date with tax issues and regulations. While tax accountants can work for companies, they can also work independently from home, allowing them the flexibility to choose clients and create their own schedules. They can also choose to work more hours during tax season, giving them free time during other parts of the year.

Tax accountant jobs are expected to increase over the next few years, so this is a hot career field to pursue right now.

Median Pay: $68,150

How to Land the Job: While a bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for tax accountants, many accountants pursue master's degrees in accounting (with a focus in taxes). Most states require accountants to be licensed as Certified Public Accountants to begin work—this license varies by state, but typically requires some post-BA coursework.

Read More: Jobs in Accounting

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Teacher's Aide

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Teacher's Assistant: A teacher's assistant (or teacher’s aide) assists a lead teacher in a variety of classroom assignments and activities. Teacher's aides typically work in elementary and middle schools, or in special education programs. Parents who serve as teacher's aides can enjoy the same holidays as their children, and may even have the opportunity to keep an eye on their kids at school. While teacher's assistant jobs do not typically pay very much, assistants generally don’t have to do all of the after-hours lesson planning that lead teachers do.

Median Pay: $25,410

How to Land the Job: Most teacher's aide positions require a high school degree, while many also require at least two years of college or an associate's degree. Some positions, particularly those in special education programs, require further education and/or certification.

Read More: How to Find a Job at a School

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Web Developer

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Web Developer: Web developers are programmers who specialize in creating web-based applications. This job is in particularly high demand due to the number of applications on smartphones and other electronic devices. While web developers can work for large corporations, government agencies, or startups, many work from home. As a freelance web developer, a parent would be able to select her projects and create her own schedule.

Median Pay: $66,130

How to Land the Job: There are no formal education requirements for becoming a web developer. However, you will need to be familiar with programming and graphic design. Many colleges and trade schools offer courses or certifications in skills like Dreamweaver, JavaScript, HTML, and coding. For parents who don't have the time or money to take courses, there are a number of tutorials and courses offered for free online.

Read More: Web Developer

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Web Writer

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Web Writer: A web writer is someone who writes online content for an organization. This job can take a variety of forms; you may write articles for an online journal, or provide content for a company's web site. Some web writers even create blogs discussing topics about which they are passionate, although it is typically difficult to begin generating revenue with a blog.

Web writing jobs can offer flexible schedules, and parents can often do this job from home.

Median Pay: $61,240

How to Land the Job: Web writing jobs typically require a bachelor's degree and some writing experience. A degree in English, communications, journalism, or a similar field can help you stand out. To find a web writing/research job that fits your skills and interests, research industries with which you have experience. Contact companies (particularly those with which you have personal connections) to see if they need someone to help create web content for them.

Read More: First Step to a Writing Career