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Parents say these are the most and least family-friendly jobs

Nearly half (48 percent) of parents polled said they wish they could work in a more family-friendly environment.

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Looking for a more family-friendly career? Below is a list of the jobs parents rate for flexibly with a family. (Shift Drive via Shutterstock)

By Charlie Bayliss via 72Point

Childcare and counseling are the most "family-friendly" jobs, according to parents.

Research of 2,000 working parents in the UK, with children aged 2-17, revealed the industries most likely to ease the struggle of parenting, with popular benefits including flexible hours and working from home.

Other professions considered good for new parents include accounting, being a teaching assistant, health and safety, or human resources.

It also emerged nearly half (48 percent) of parents wish they could work in a more family-friendly environment.

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Only 18 percent feel their return to work after having a child was "seamless."

The main factors new parents value most when heading back into the workplace were an understanding boss (34 percent) and friendly colleagues (40 percent).

A spokesperson for Open Study College, which offers adults the opportunity to study new qualifications from home, said: "As we pass milestones in life, our priorities and goals can change.

“For some people, having a family is the most important thing to them and they’re happy to let their careers take a back seat.

“For others, the exact opposite is true - they want to continue excelling in their careers and will let others help more in terms of raising the family.

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The main factor new parents in the study valued when heading back into the workplace was an understanding boss.
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“Of course, it is possible to have both, which is why being in the right career or even the right company is really key.”

The study also found that 44 percent of respondents want an easy commute after returning to work post-child.

But 57 percent claim their work priorities didn’t change after having their first child.

Of those whose life goals did shift, 48 percent no longer wanted to work long hours, and 44 percent were finished with working at weekends.

Nearly a third (31 percent) changed careers after returning to work after having children, with many moving into a health or social care role.

While the study revealed the roles adults feel are good for working parents, it also uncovered the jobs deemed bad for a work-life balance.

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Top of the list was being a police officer, due to all the paperwork and late shifts officers have to get through, according to the OnePoll figures.

This was followed by lawyers, journalists, and security guards, while 28 percent believe being a surgeon isn’t a particularly family-friendly role.

Open Study College’s spokesperson added: “The roles in our list are what respondents consider un-family-friendly careers.

“That’s certainly not to say there aren’t positions in the police or event management that wouldn’t be suitable for those with kids.

“In fact, as the lists show, many consider events management, for example, to be a perfectly family-friendly job.”

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An unrealistic scenario. (ESB Professional via Shutterstock)


1. Counselling
2. Childcare
3. Health and social care
4. Psychology
5. Teaching assistant
6. Accounting
7. Bookkeeping
8. Event management
9. Health and safety
10. Human resources
11. Marketing
12. Nursing
13. Public relations
14. Leadership
15. Project management
16. Beauty therapy
17. Physiotherapist
18. Nutritionist
19. Veterinary nursing support
20. Estate agent


1. Police officer
2. Lawyer
3. Journalist
4. Security guard
5. Surgeon
6. Pharmacist
7. Chief executive
8. Retail salesperson
9. Tour guide
10. Chef

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