Top 10 Jobs With Parent-Friendly Hours

parent friendly Parenting is a full-time job, and it's one that can make maintaining a career and paying the bills a real challenge. Money is important, but the majority of parents rank flexibility and/or the option of working non-traditional hours, as priority No. 1 when looking for a job. Here's our list of the 10 best jobs with parent-friendly hours.

1. Nurse

Nursing offers some of the most varied work environment and schedule options available in a career. While nurses can't generally leave in the middle of a shift, they can choose from Monday-through-Friday doctor's office positions, 12 hour shifts, weekends, evenings, and even work-when-you-can on call positions.

2. Teacher

Teachers do not generally enjoy adjustable schedules, but what the job lacks in flexibility it more than makes up for in convenience -- parents can work while their kids are in school and be off when their kids are off, including summers and holidays. In some cases it may even be possible to work in the same building as your children.

3. Day Care Provider

Day care providers have some flexibility to set their own schedules, but for the most part must accommodate other working parents. This includes working weekday, evening, and some weekend hours. However in exchange for longer hours and reduced flexibility, day care providers can care for their own children as well, eliminating the need for them to make other arrangements.

4. Real Estate Agent

Real estate agents are often on the move but can schedule appointments to show properties based on their preferences, many times in the evenings and on weekends. Other duties, such as doing research and making phone calls, can easily be done from a home office, and agents can work as little or as much as they need to.

5. Bookkeeper/Data Entry

Bookkeeping and data entry largely involve solo tasks and can often be done from a home computer at odd or haphazard hours -- although attention to detail and accuracy are key, so distractions should be minimized. If working from home isn't an option, many hospitals and other companies staff bookkeepers and data entry specialists during evening hours and even for overnight shifts.

6. Personal Trainer

Personal trainers set their own hours and schedule appointments, either at a gym or in private homes, around their own personal preferences -- during the day, in the evenings, or on weekends. Also due to the one-on-one nature of the work, those with established clients may enjoy additional flexibility in terms of last-minute appointment changes.

7. Sales

Parents with excellent people skills and an outgoing personality can enjoy a flexible schedule as a sales representative. Job requirements vary greatly across the field; but many salespeople are able to set their own hours, work based out of a home office, work part- or full-time in a wide variety of industries, and if successful enjoy a higher-than-average salary.

8. Public Relations

Public relations is a high-powered field that's often parent-friendly because it's about connecting with people and disseminating information, neither of which requires sitting in an office. Answering phone calls and e-mails, writing press releases, and building relationships can happen at home during odd hours, while face-to-face meetings can be set in advance at times that work for you.

9. Graphic Designer

Graphic design can be done anywhere and at any time of day, provided that deadlines are met. Client meetings can be scheduled when convenient; most communication is done over the phone or e-mail; and the work is results-oriented and largely conceptual. Therefore ideas can be brainstormed while waiting in the car or at line in the grocery store, and work can be done while kids are napping, at school, or in bed.

10. Tutor

Tutoring is a great option for teachers looking for increased schedule flexibility or adjustable hours, or for other professionals with people skills. Tutors can work in schools or private homes and can select clients and set appointments at whatever times are convenient.

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I feel for teachers today..and it's the truth, teachers are simply forced to do stuff on their own time at home...Without being paid for it. Had a friend that was a teacher and I use to help her grade homework papers at times. No, Our teachers are unappreciated.

March 09 2011 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Come on...Face the facts. When your a mom, theres no job out here, parttime or otherwise that's worth more than you being at home with your kids. So, unless the hubby has taken off leaving you holding the bag. Leave corporate America until the kids are more grown up....You are nothing but a number to them anyway, here today, gone tomorrow. What's more important?

March 09 2011 at 6:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is not true with most teachers. Teachers spend many hours before and after school each week preparing for the next day, supervising school activities, attending mandatory school meetings, etc. All of this time is unpaid because teachers are paid on salary and considered exempt employees. Plus, most of them must work during the summer at any job they can find to supplement their salaries. Even this assumes that they are not in a district that has year-round schools. I know of no more difficult, time-consuming, or family-unfriendly employement. Plus, the wages are pitiful not to mention that in recent years your job is on the line every year due to budget cuts, and half of the public thinks that you live on easy street and never work. If you are planning to be a teacher, think again and instead strive to become a manager at a fast food place. You at least will make more money and be able to go home without hauling "homework" with you.

March 09 2011 at 1:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Teaching definitiely provides the opportunity for parents to spend more time with their children. My wife and I were both in education, she as a high school teacher and I as an administrator. Although my schedule as a principal of a very large middle school was daunting, I was still able to attend most of the school related activites of my two very busy children. Our district is very family oriented and allowes teachers to bring their children to the school closest to where the parent works or the same school if the child is in that same grade structure. However, I would caution anyont to consider teaching as a career simply for these reasons. Teaching is a tough job and many hours are spent in preparation, grading papers, and attending courses for recertification. The public does not see the hours spent on these activities and can be misled into thinking teachers have an 8-3:30 job when, in reality, many more hours are spent on outside-the-classroom activities.

March 08 2011 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As a PR pro, I can certainly say it's not a parent-friendly career. Who wrote this?? You spend a lot of time "disseminating" that information via computer and phone, and you can spend a great amount of the day on that alone. Not to mention traveling to attend/set up clients' events. And I cannot remember the last time I spoke to a client or a journalist during "odd hours."

March 08 2011 at 11:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am a teacher. I do not suggest you become a teacher because it fits in with your childrens' schedule. It is not the reason someone becomes a teacher.

March 08 2011 at 8:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Ms. Jackson

Im a nurse and I disagree,,It is very hard to juggle being a nurse and having school age children. The hospital schedules keep them being raised in childcare especially on the weekends which are mandatory every other weekend..Teachers fair off better.

March 08 2011 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I work and volunteer at my kids' school. It's great because I get to see them every day. Even if your kids aren't in school yet you can still bring your kids to work and your kids get to hang out with you or play on the playground. It's one workplace that is truly accommodating!

March 08 2011 at 5:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Obaid ur Rehman

Nice List ... Thanks

March 08 2011 at 11:30 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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