10 Careers That Fit Into Mom's Schedule

career moms By Dawn Papandrea

Whether you're getting ready to return to the work force as your maternity leave winds down, or you're a longtime stay-at-home mom who wants to get her creative juices flowing again (and earn some extra cash for those college funds!), flexibility is everything. Finding a job that allows you to fit in soccer games, pediatrician appointments, Lego time, or PTA fundraisers is possible if you know where to look. Here are 10 careers to consider.

If you're looking for a rotating schedule ...

1. Nurse

The nursing profession is a perfect fit for those who are nurturers (aka, moms!). But also because the hours are done in longer shifts so that moms end up with more than the traditional two days off during the week. Some moms even choose the grueling night shift so they can be awake by the time school lets out -- but that will cut into sleep time, so be warned. Educational requirements can have you in a nurse's uniform in less than two years and the pay is good with a median salary of $62,450 as of May 2008.

2. Dental Hygienist

You might feel like you're already a dental hygienist with all of the teeth brushing battles and tooth fairy visits that go on in your home. But actually, to break into this field, you'll need to earn a certificate at minimum. The good news is that being a dental hygienist usually allows for part-time hours, and earnings potential is something to smile about with the median salary being $66,570.

If your kids are in school ...

3. Teacher

What better way to stay in sync with your school-age children's schedules than by following the exact same one as a teacher? Depending on whether you choose to teach in the public school system or in a private school, the degree and certification requirements will vary by state. Keep in mind, even if you don't have an education degree, there may still be opportunities to enter the profession like the NYC Teaching Fellows or Teach for America programs. Median salary ranges depending on the state and type of institution, but averages in around $50,000.

4. Librarian

Along the lines of teachers, school librarians work according to the school calendar, making it a very convenient place of employment for moms. Salary potential is excellent as well for those with degrees in library science especially, with median earnings coming in at $52,530. Bonus: You'll have easy access to whatever homework materials the students in your household may need.

If you're a night owl ...

5. Web Designer

The Internet is the best thing to happen to working moms, thanks to the ability to log on and work whenever and wherever. Those with a bachelor's degree in graphic design or a related field can jump into Web design as either a freelancer or a salaried employee, earning a median salary of $42,400. Either way, most projects can be done after kids' bedtime, or on a work-from-home basis if you find an employer who's cool with your other job -- mom.

6. Technical Writer

You know how you're always coming up with really clever explanations to your children's very tough questions? That's perfect practice for techie moms who want to enter the technical writing field. The idea is the same: breaking down complex technical concepts into user-friendly terms. Usually a bachelor's degree, strong writing skills and technical knowledge is all you'll need to get started. But since that skill set is so rare, you'll be paid well to the tune of $61,620, and can usually complete projects according to your schedule.

7. Computer Programmer

Once again, we have technology to thank for telecommuting opportunities. Computer programmers can often work from home or remotely. If you've got a degree (sometimes even a certificate or associate is enough) in computers, start exploring opportunities in this point-and-click career. You may even be able to keep up with your digital-age kids while earning a median salary of $69,620.

If you're a naptime multi-tasker ...

8. Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

If you're looking to earn money without leaving your home, medical billing and coding is a mom-friendly profession that can be performed while your little one is occupied with his or her latest artistic masterpiece (or better yet, napping!). Career training programs to become a specialist in this field are usually short-term, so you can get to work earning a median salary of $30,610 in a few months time.

9. Public Relations Consultant

The field of public relations requires a lot less face time, and a lot more social networking time than ever before. That's a score for PR-savvy moms who want to utilize their at-home downtime to build successful campaigns for their clients, and get paid well to do it (a median salary of $51,280). A bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, or a related field is best to set yourself apart from the competition.

If you've been having baby pangs again ...

10. Doula

If the sight of tiny feet makes you swoon, put your motherly instincts to professional use by becoming a doula, earning approximately $500 per birth. Doulas provide non-medical assistance and support to women through their childbirth and postpartum experiences, meaning the joys of motherhood are part of the job description. DONA (Doulas of North America) International-certified doulas must become educated on birth and postpartum issues by attending workshops and completing training.

Salary Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Katie Malone

I found a great company that focuses on living a natural and healthy lifestyle. While being able to earn an income staying home with your kids. Take a look at http://aol.momsprovide.com

August 16 2013 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Josie Menendez

Great list!
But, a Teachers job is a lot of work.I am in my children classroom as a volunteer mother, and I am amaze at all the demand,and work.Teachers are so underpaid.Cheers! For all those dedicated & super happy,teacher who are Great at what they love!:)

March 22 2013 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Erin Kate

Great suggestions! I'm researching work from home jobs, and have found some great opportunities out there. There's another you could add and that's with American Income Life. They have been in business for years, which is nice to see in today's economy and the hours are flexible. More and more companies are realizing the value in offering virtual positions because many qualified people are mothers need to stay home with their kids! Take a look at one of these companies: http://on.fb.me/vwntVf Some additional advice, make sure you keep your resume updated and stay positive, take some "me" time.

February 14 2012 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frank Galvin

Great list above! Being out in the workplace myself and doing research, I have come across a number of companies that are really creating opportunities for women in the workplace and in leadership positions. I would add insurance to the list above. A great opportunity to work from home, create your own hours and answer to yourself. Just get with a company that trains well and provides support. I found such a company in American Income Life. Look at their Facebook page for more information.

November 29 2011 at 12:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is a great list for moms who want to work around their kids' schedule. Love the list, good job!

July 25 2011 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hello Beautiful

Wow, you really don't expect much out of women.... oh excuse me.. moms.

May 09 2011 at 1:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Joe--I think I would not want to be in either of the 2 hospitals you mentioned in Phoenix!! That is definitely not enough time in my opinion to get the education needed to do this job! My son is an RN with a BCN degree, and he went pretty much full time (with the exception of 1 semester) and he also went all through 1 summer to get done as early as possible. He was an excellent student, graduated with honors, was on the deans list every semester, and was asked to tutor for a couple of years to help some students that were struggling.He got his RN degree at a medical college and his BCN at the U of M.

May 09 2011 at 1:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

with all the illegal alien anchor children entering the workplace today employers have to be very careful and not hire an ignorant mexican

May 09 2011 at 12:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to fyjorrz's comment

Wow... usually racists have pretty poor grammar, so good for you. I wonder if you bark like that when you talk with people face-to-face, or if this bile is saved up for when you can't be confronted. Oh, and by the way, this article was about employment opportunities for moms, and "anchor children" are born in this country, and so are NOT here illegally. Ignorance isn't limited by race, it seems.

May 09 2011 at 1:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Isn't this totally sexist against us women?

If the article said, "Best Jobs for Mexicans" or "Best Jobs for Blacks" people would scream.

Most of these jobs are limiting and only continue to keep us women in a box with a glass ceiling.

Perhaps the best jobs for us MOMS can consist of more than most of these service positions that are listed. The CAREERS should include: Corporate CEO, Successful Entrepreneur, Chief Legal Counsel, College Professor, Doctor (debatable), CPA, Singer and Performer, Governor, Senator, or President.

Don't limit me and my girlfriends!

May 09 2011 at 12:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to epicurean0's comment

Are you kidding? Seriously, stop being so "pc". This article is actually titled, "10 Careers That Fit Into Mom's Schedule" and is written for women that WANT to be with their children as much as possible but don't have the financial luxury of not having to work. Relax with all your feminist crap! People like you are ridiculous! Believe it or not but there are millions women that want to be mothers more than anything else in life… it is in our nature! And while I do respect other women with different career or life choices than my own, I don't respect the fact that you can't give us the same respect!! Wanting to be a big part of the life of a precious child that you brought into this world and love more than words can express is not degrading of women. Period.

January 04 2014 at 12:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

..none of these jobs pay much.....I didn't go back to college to make what I did before. I looked around saw where the money was and went into a career that paid according to my skills learned. Women get married and have children too soon and leave their education for later, bad mistake.

May 08 2011 at 9:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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