The following article is a guest submission from Aditya Sharma, co-founder of Hiration, an AI-powered online resume builder and platform to help job-seekers.
When facing parenthood for the first time, new parents often find it hard to find a balance between their careers and their duties as a parent. Studies show that married women reported significantly higher family-work conflict than their unmarried counterparts.
Working parents need to find a job that doesn’t hog all their time and lets them focus on their family. Finding a career that pays the bills while leaving time to raise a happy family is a diamond in the rough, and without a doubt, it is hard to find. Note: we said "hard," not "impossible."
Jobs that have flexible hours and work-from-home opportunities are ideal for parents, so we have compiled a list of five attractive jobs for professionals embracing parenthood for the first time:
The job of a dietitian is to advise clients on their eating habits and provide them with meal plans so they can maintain a healthy lifestyle. As obesity rates increase day by day so does the demand for dieticians.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028.
A dietitian can be employed by schools, healthcare facilities, or other organizations.
If you want to not be associated with any company, you have an option to be self-employed. This is great for parents as a self-employed dietician can create their own, flexible working schedules.
According to Indeed, a dietician can earn up to $63,771 per year.
You can plan early for your parenthood by earning a bachelor's degree in a related field or study later as well. Internships will help you immensely to find work as a dietician.
You should also research if your state requires you to earn a state license or certification before practicing as a dietician.
A public relations specialist works in marketing. They employ marketing and media strategies to promote their clients’ work. They can find employment at almost any organization ranging from healthcare, education, to government agencies.
Most PR specialists work on a contract basis. This allows parents to create their schedules. It also gives them a leeway to choose however many clients they want and find a balance between work and family.
PayScale lists the average yearly salary of a Public Relations Specialist as $48,249.
The good thing is that you do not require any specific education to become a PR specialist. Most successful candidates, however, have bachelor’s degrees in areas such as journalism, public relations, marketing, advertising, or something similar.
But if you have just become a parent and are thinking of switching industries, you can start by gaining experience through internships at PR firms. If you can find a connection or network with people in the same industry, it will be easier to get your foot in the door.
You can select your working hours in services like Lyft and Uber. Working as a driver ensures that at least one of the parents is at home with kids at all times while the other one is at work.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the median pay for a taxi, chauffeur, and ridesharing drivers to be $25,980
All you have to do is apply online by uploading your license, registration, and insurance documents. You must, however, have a vehicle in good condition.
Tax accountants help their clients prepare tax returns and reports. They can either work for companies or work independently. Independent tax accountants have the freedom to choose their clients and working hours.
Another reason why new parents should opt to work as an independent tax accountant is that they have very high demand during tax season and remain relatively free during the rest of the year. So, you can rack up money in that season and dedicate the rest of the year to your family.
The median pay of a tax accountant according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is reported to be $70,500.
The minimum requirement to be a tax accountant is a bachelor's degree. However, an accounting master's degree with a focus on taxes will bode in your favor.
Research if your state needs a license for you to become a tax accountant.
Programmers who specialize in creating web-based applications are called Web Developers. This job is in high demand and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that the employment of web developers will grow by 13 percent from 2018 to 2028.
Work-from-home is very prevalent among web developers.
Familiarity with programming and graphic design is an absolute requirement for a web developer, however, no formal education is required. You can join schools that offer courses or certifications.
Most web developers opt for intensive app academies to develop their skills in programming for web-based applications.
If as a parent you do not have time to pursue courses or certifications, free online courses or tutorials are a very viable option.
On a quest to help professionals across the world land their dream jobs, Aditya Sharma lives and breathes Hiration — an AI-powered online resume builder and platform to help job-seekers find their way in the treacherous job market. He’s a co-Founder and the unofficial CPO (Chief Problem-solving Officer). He likes to code away his days and nights when he’s not busy disrupting the career space.