5 jobs you need to pursue if you want a great work-life balance

Most workers agree that there are simply not enough hours in one day. If you're the type of person who could do with more time out of the office, then pursue one of these careers.

The benefits of having a great work-life balance are undeniable. Normal workers spend an average of 8 hours a day at work. Depending on the length of your commute, this could be almost 10 hours a day away from your family and friends (and that precious me-time) every day of the week.

Why not choose one of these 5 jobs that give you a greater chance of being the boss of your own schedule? Because these jobs are mobile and can be done in your own time, your company should be okay with you working more flexible hours.

As long as you are hardworking, meet your deadlines and are present for meetings (and sometimes team building activities), these jobs offer a great work-life balance opportunities.

1. SEO Manager

Search Engine Optimisation, or SEO for short, is when you optimise your website using various techniques to rank high in search results. In other words, you implement strategies so that your website can appear on page one on Google’s search results. This means that an SEO manager oversees, implements, tracks and advises companies so that their websites can rank high.

Technical Skills and know-how:

Advanced MS Office

Proficient in Google Analytics

Understanding of content management systems and HTML

Understanding of Google AdWords and online advertising

SEO information architecture

Knowledge of HTML, CSS, programming language and blogging

Excellent content writer

Hard skills:

Excellent written and spoken English

Competent at developing engaging content


Matric/Grade 12

Relevant tertiary qualification

Jargon to familiarise yourself with:

SEO strategies and implementation

Link building strategies

Google webmaster tools


Adword campaigns

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2. Social Media Manager

If you consider yourself a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, Linkedin, Who’s Who SA and Pinterest guru, then this job might be perfect for you. Imagine being paid to Facebook all day!

Well, it’s a little bit more than that: you have to grow your followers and reach, get people interacting with the  company’s brand, and drive as many ‘conversions’ as possible.

Technical Skills and know-how

Awareness of the latest social trends

Excellent understanding of social media and SEO

Experience with Tweetdeck and Hootsuite

Create and conceptualize content both written and visual material

Experienced blogger


Outstanding project management skills

Solid analytic and reporting skills

Excellent multi-tasking capabilities

This is what a day in the life of a social media manager is like


Relevant tertiary degree or diploma

Social media or marketing or media studies or journalism; English; communication

Jargon to familiarise yourself with:


Community management

Digital strategy

Social media scheduling

Social bookmarking

3. PHP Developer

PHP Developers are web and software developers who write applications, programmes and sites that use PHP, a dynamic scripting language. Companies only hire the best PHP developers who are dedicated to their craft and writes code that they can be proud of. The most successful PHP Developers are great team members and can work on every stage of the app or site building process: from the initial specification, through to developing, testing and launching.

Technical Skills and know-how








Relevant Degree or qualification

Information science, software engineering, computer science, or related field

4. Talent Acquisition Specialist

As a Talent Acquisition Specialist it will be your job to not only find and hire the best people but also to actively seek and attract amazing candidates. It is an advantage if you’re an expert on social media recruitment, employer branding.

Technical Skills and know-how

In-depth understanding of recruitment processes

Understanding of relevant employment legislation and application thereof in recruitment process (BCEA, EE, LRA and POPIA)


Relevant 3 year HR related degree

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5. Data Scientist

As a data scientist you’ll need to analyse big chunks of data and present them in a way that business and IT leaders understand. An excellent data scientist is able to identify and address the business problems that hold the most value to the business. You’ll need strong maths, statistics, and analytical skills with a solid foundation in computer science and applications.


Analytically minded

Acute attention to detail


Entrepreneurial by nature


Strong planning, organizing and coordinating skills

Read: How to convince your boss to give you flexible working hours


Numerate degree

BCom, B Bus Sci, B Eng or BS

If you can’t decide which career to pursue or you’ve decided you’ve had enough and want a different occupation, then choose one of these jobs that could see you living a healthy well-balanced life.