The 20 most flexible jobs for working parents

  • Working mums and working dads often need a more flexible work environment.
  • But just one in 30 job postings tout their family-friendly or flexible work options.
  • The most flexible jobs were sales manager, sales engineer, and team assembler.

Just one in 30 job postings tout their family-friendly or flexible work options, according to a recent study by Indeed Hiring Lab economist Andrew Flowers.

Indeed mined the descriptions of jobs that have at least 10,000 openings for keywords like work-life-balance, flexible working hours, or working remotely.

There were two types of jobs that broke into the top twenty. One was high-skill, high-paying careers, like those in engineering. That follows tech companies’ reputation for competitive perks.

The other category included jobs that have flexible schedules due to the nature of the job. That included sales positions, home health aide, and assembler.

“Flexible in these cases may just mean, ‘You’ll work when we want you to,'” according to the Indeed report.

Ordered from least to most likely to advertise their flexible work options, here are the most flexible jobs for working parents, or anyone who wants out of the typical 9-to-5.


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Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 4.9%

Median salary:
$US63,230


Automotive service technician or mechanic

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 5.0%

Median salary:
$US39,550


Chemical engineer

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 5.0%

Median salary:

$US102,160


Computer software engineer, systems software

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 5.0%

Median salary:
$US79,544


Electrical and electronic engineering technician

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 5.1%

Median salary:
$US63,660


Software quality assurance engineer or tester

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 5.2%

Median salary:
$US88,510


Home health aide

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Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 5.2%

Median salary:
$US23,210


Accountant or auditor

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Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 5.3%

Median salary:
$US69,350


Engineering manager

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 5.5%

Median salary:
$US104,863


Lawyer

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 5.6%

Median salary:
$US119,250


Network and computer systems administrator

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 5.7%

Median salary:
$US81,100


Personal finance advisor

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 6.5%

Median salary:
$US90,640


Insurance sales agent

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 6.5%

Median salary:
$US49,710


Computer software engineer, applications

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 6.6%

Median salary:
$US101,790


Merchandise displayer and window trimmer

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 6.8%

Median salary:
$US27,680


Sales representative, services, all other

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Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 7.4%

Median salary:
$US52,510


Computer support specialist

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Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 7.7%

Median salary:
$US42,735


Team assembler

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 7.9%

Median salary:
$US30,720


Sales engineer

Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 8.1%

Median salary:
$US71,028


Sales manager

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Share of jobs within occupation that advertised family-friendly benefits: 11.7%

Median salary:
$US57,429

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