The One Thing More Important than a Raise


In the workplace of the future, the most valuable thing an employer can offer is flexibility.


Factors such as salary and benefits will always be important, but professionals are becoming more concerned with a healthy work-life balance. And thanks to years of technological innovation, the future doesn’t seem so far away.  Huffington Post contributor, and CEO of FlexJobs, Sara Sutton Fell tells us that the supply of flexible jobs is finally beginning to meet the ever-growing demand.

If you happen to be one of the millions of Americans seeking that perfect balance of work and life, you’re in luck.  The Flexible Job Index reports that several career categories offer a variety of options including, but not limited to flex scheduling, telecommuting or part-time opportunities.  The categories that offer the most freedom include:

  1. Medical and Health
  2. Administrative
  3. Education and Training
  4. Sales
  5. Web and Software Development

Surprisingly enough, these job categories are also some of the most coveted by jobseekers. The best part about these findings is that they appeal to a broad range of professionals. While some of the related careers tend to require a college education, there are several positions within these fields that can be acquired with a bit of knack and related experience.

Even more good news: If trends continue in this direction, the future holds even greater flexibility for professionals.  These jobs of the future make raising families and cultivating hobbies a reality—which sounds a lot better than chaining yourself to a desk everyday until five.  In other words, if you are looking for a job in the next few years in one of these fields, congratulations.  A bright future and a balanced life await you.