It wasn’t until I had my daughter that I realized my career wasn’t exactly conducive to motherhood.
I was an executive producer at the Fox affiliate in Salt Lake City and I’d worked hard to get there.
Basically I ran the newsroom in the evenings leading up to the nightly newscast. This meant I had to be at work around one in the afternoon, in time for the afternoon editorial meeting during which we’d discuss the day’s news and what we planned on covering, and I didn’t leave until long after the newscast ended so as to make sure the morning news team had everything they need to put on a four hour newscast. This made for ten hour work days, most days.
So, executive producer at a news station – not a top job for a working mom – the realization of which eventually led me here, to Babble, and freelance writing.
Freelance writing is just one of a bunch of jobs that, according to Yahoo, will give you more “work-life balance and spend less time scrambling for a babysitter.” They’ve come up with careers that are “mom-friendly, with schedules that won’t keep you away from the kids for too long.”
Obviously, a key characteristic that makes a job desirable for a mother is flexibility. In addition to that good daycare benefits, paid maternity leave and good pay would be a boon to any woman hoping to have children and continue in the workforce.
Here then, are five jobs that are deemed to be the best for moms hoping to stay gainfully employed:
Median Annual Pay: $58,300
Since healthcare is an around-the-clock industry, mothers can work shifts around car pools and school schedules.
Median Annual Pay: $67,300
Dental hygienists often work part-time hours, making it possible to still make the kids’ soccer games and doctor’s appointments. But it’s this job’s well-paying potential that makes moms smile.
Median Annual Pay: $53,600
Many Pilates/yoga instructors are self-employed, so part-time and flexible schedules are a possibility. Instructors at a gym or studio may be able to swap classes to help each other tend to unexpected commitments.
Elementary School Teacher
Median Annual Pay: $40,600
If you’re quick-minded, creative and enjoy being around children, working as an elementary school teacher could make sense. You can keep roughly the same hours as your kids and get summers and school holidays off.
Median Annual Pay: $43,600
Stay in shape while helping others lose weight, in what the Bureau of Labor Statistics says is a fast-growing career. A flexible schedule and good pay potential make this an attractive job for motivated moms.
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