7 Low-Stress, Flexible Jobs Ideal for Working Parents

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Juggling parenthood and work responsibilities is difficult no matter what, but in the best-case scenario, your job allows for flexibility and is low-stress enough that you can prioritize your family outside of work hours.

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Because flexibility is a priority for many parents, it’s no surprise that many would prefer to work at a job that can be done remotely, at least part of the time. A recent survey conducted by FlexJobs found that 61% of parents want to work remotely full time and 37% prefer a hybrid work arrangement. Fortunately, there are a growing number of jobs that can be done remotely — and several of them are considered to be “low-stress” based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net “stress tolerance” rating.

FlexJobs compiled a list of jobs that are lower stress, have a bright outlook and offer remote work options, ideal for working parents — and these were the lowest-stress jobs on the ranking.

Last updated: June 30, 2021

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Search Marketing Strategist

  • Median salary: $65,810
  • Stress tolerance rating (0-100): 66

A search marketing strategist works with a company’s marketing team to create a website that accurately portrays the company while also appealing to search engines, so that the website appears in search results on sites like Google and Yahoo.

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Document Management Specialist

  • Median salary: $92,870
  • Stress tolerance rating (0-100): 65

A document management specialist manages all of an organization’s documents and electronic records. They may also create new policies and procedures that deal with document storage, sharing, sending and destruction, and/or evaluate existing management systems and procedures.

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  • Median salary: $40,590
  • Stress tolerance rating (0-100): 65

Parents that have expertise in a certain subject matter may consider getting a job as a remote tutor.

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  • Median salary: $92,270
  • Stress tolerance rating (0-100): 64

Statisticians use mathematical or statistical theories and methods to collect, organize, interpret and summarize numerical data to provide usable information for an organization. They can work in a number of fields, including scientific research and development, pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, and consulting.

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Bioinformatics Technician

  • Median salary: $46,340
  • Stress tolerance rating (0-100): 63

These technicians assist scientists in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology and medical informatics. They use bioinformatics tools to visualize, analyze, manipulate and interpret molecular data. According to O*Net, 51% of people with this job hold a bachelor’s degree and 41% hold a master’s degree.

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Business Intelligence Analyst

  • Median salary: $87,660
  • Stress tolerance rating (0-100): 63

Business intelligence analysts use data analytics, data visualization and data modeling techniques to identify trends that can help departments, managers and executives make business decisions to improve processes in an organization, usually with the goal of saving the company money or increasing profits. The job requires a mix of IT, communication and problem-solving skills.

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Operations Research Analyst

  • Median salary: $86,200
  • Stress tolerance rating (0-100): 61

Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations make complex decisions. They can work in a number of fields, including business, logistics and healthcare.

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Jobs are sourced from FlexJob’s list of “47 Lower-Stress and Remote Jobs for Working Parents.” Salary information is sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.