Top 10 Jobs For Working Parents

02.09.2016 2533

Parenting by many measures is certainly a full-time job in its own right. And if you’re a working parent, you probably know how challenging it can be to raise a child and work a full-time job at the same time. And often, some parents decide to leave their work entirely. If that is not an option for you, you might consider to look for some career opportunities with decent earnings and flexible hours. Check out our list of some of the best flexible jobs for working parents.

Account Manager

Account managers are employed across a wide variety of industries including advertising, financial services and media. Advertising and promotions managers bring in about ₦150,000 a month. While you may have to deal with client relationships, you might be able to perform most of your duties off-site. Being able to send emails and join conference calls from the comfort of your own home can be particularly helpful to parents with young children.

Here are hot job openings in accounting management.

Web Designer

If you have a great eye for design, and lots of experience with computers—possibly also programming languages and a bachelor’s degree, then you can make great money, set your own hours and projects, and do web design as your career. It’s possible to find an employer who can provide you with a schedule that best fits your needs.

Check out the list of hot web-design vacancies on job.naij.com

Dietitian

A dietitian advises clients what to eat or serve in order to achieve a specific health goal or to simply maintain a healthy lifestyle. A dietitian may work in a healthcare facility, school, or other organization.

Dietitians or nutritionist can also be self-employed - an option for parents who want to create their own, flexible schedules.

The median salary for nutritionists is from ₦80 000 to ₦150 000. Since the projected growth rate is better than average, becoming a registered dietitian might be worth it.

Here are some opportunities you might want to consider.

Software Developer/Coder

This kind of job can be intimidating to folks who don’t know how to code. But it’s never too late to learn. In fact, there are all sorts of free classes online that can teach you the basics. Coding is considered a must-have skill, so if you’re a coder, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a high-paying gig that you can jump into whether the kids are at school or at home with you.

Consultant

While you may need to have some experience or advanced credentials, being a healthcare, financial or marketing consultant can bring in some serious cash. Plus, these jobs often offer a great deal of flexibility. To get started, you can find clients within your existing network and use those connections to find other people to advise later down the line.

Interpreter/Translator

Do you know another language? Are you willing to learn one? You’ll probably need a bachelor’s degree, plus superb communication skills—not just in English, but in multiple languages. But if this is your skill set, you can make your own hours and design a schedule that works best for you.  The need for multinational communication continues to grow and as an interpreter or translator, you might be able to work from home and take on projects as needed. Regardless of which direction you head in this field, you will likely make your own hours and retain optimal flexibility that is so important when you have children.

Personal Trainer

Many parents leave the workforce for a time, but some never stop hitting the gym. Maybe it's time to turn all of that extra effort into a living.

If you haven’t taken a break from the gym the way you have from the workforce and you can pass the necessary licensing tests, then you can make a good amount of money helping other people to get fit. Bonus: you’ll get or stay fit yourself.

Education

Whether you want to be a teacher, an aide or a curriculum developer, a job in education can be a great fit for an individual trying to raise a family, especially since you’ll likely have more vacation time and work hours that won’t prevent you from caring for your children. You may have to get a master’s degree, however, if you want a shot at a competitive salary.

Check out the list of hot vacancies in education on job.naij.com

Event Planner

With all the skills you have planning birthday parties and family cookouts, this is just the big league equivalent.

If you're the type of person who excels in a fast-paced, detail-oriented atmosphere, then event planning could be the career for you.

Just as it is with parenting, you'll have to coordinate everything seamlessly and be able to think on your feet to make sure any problems that do arise are taken care of quickly. If you're a born networker who can maintain multiple relationships with vendors and routinely pull off gatherings without a hitch, this is a great job for you.

Freelance Writer

If you're looking for a job that harnesses your creativity, revolves around interesting topics and allows maximum freedom and flexibility, consider becoming a web writer.

This job can take on many forms. Find an industry in which you have an interest and experience, and then see if any companies need someone to provide content. You'll have to adhere to industry standards and strive to always meet company guidelines regarding your content..

Or you could do what many parents have done in the last few years and become a blogger. Find a subject about which you're passionate and market it to the point you can sell advertising. Not everyone can be a Dooce or Bloggess, but the opportunity is there.

Choosing a job can be difficult, especially when you have kids to take care of. As you hunt for opportunities, it’s a good idea to think about your projected job growth and make sure you have enough time to be the kind of parent you want to be.

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