Industries with the best work-life balance

Are you desperate for a life outside of work? You’re not the only one. According to the latest data from SEEK Learning, one in two Australian workers are unhappy with their work-life balance.

The Australian workplace – and the needs of its workers – has evolved since the days of clocking on and off at set times with work-life balance now considered an important catalyst in career change.

SEEK Learning’s Defining Work-Life Balance Report reveals that over one in two Australians have changed jobs in search of better work-life balance, with most (70%) ultimately achieving it.

But what does work-life balance actually mean to the average Australian?

  • 34% of workers define work-life balance as having flexibility in their work hours or location.
  • 27% of workers believe a positive work-life balance occurs when work doesn’t disrupt their home life.
  • 23% of workers think good work-life balance involves working overtime when needed, but being able to take personal time off when needed as well.
  • 15% of workers describe work-life balance as only working your set agreed hours every week (e.g. no overtime).

Whatever work-life balance means to you, it’s important to understand what options and opportunities are available to you as an employee, as well as the industries that can help you strike the right balance between your home and working life.

Top 5 Australian industries for work-life balance

According to the SEEK Learning Defining Work-Life Balance Report, these industries have the best work-life balance in Australia:

      1. Human Resources & Recruitment - 71% workers rate their job as excellent or good
      2. Real Estate & Property - 67% workers rate their job as excellent or good
      3. Consulting & Strategy - 66% workers rate their job as excellent or good
      4. Marketing & Communications - 66% workers rate their job as excellent or good
      5. Insurance & Superannuation - 66% workers rate their work-life balance as excellent or good

If you’re thinking about changing careers in search of a more positive work-life balance, there are a few key factors to consider in the decision-making process.

Not only do you want to ensure that you’re moving into an industry that is accommodating of your idea of work-life balance (keeping in mind the definition of work-life balance can vary between industries and roles), you’ll also need to make sure that you have the right skills to transition into your new industry of choice.

Here are a few examples of jobs within these top five work-life balance friendly industries, and the courses that can help get you there:

Human Resources or Recruitment

  • Human Resources Officer
  • Recruitment Co-ordinator
  • HR/WHS Supervisor
  • Human Resources Manager

Qualifications: Do you consider yourself a people-person? Get started in HR with the Diploma of Human Resources Management (BSB50615) or Certificate IV in Human Resources (BSB41015) .

Real Estate & Property

  • Real Estate Sales Agent
  • Property Developer
  • Property Valuer
  • Property Manager

Qualifications: SEEK Learning can connect budding Real Estate Agents with a range of real estate courses and certifications, including the Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) (CPP40307) and Bachelor of Property and Real Estate.

Consulting & Strategy

  • Management & Change Consultant
  • Environment & Sustainability Consultant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Business Analyst

Qualifications: Find the right course for your career goals, whether you’re interested in a project management course or degree in international studies.

Marketing & Communications

  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Marketing Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Journalist

Qualifications: Find the right communications course in your chosen field, whether that be advertising, journalism, public relations, or marketing.

Insurance & Superannuation

  • Insurance Sales Person
  • Underwriter
  • Claims Assessor
  • Case Manager

Qualifications: A Certificate IV course in General Insurance or Life Insurance can help you develop important skills that are valued by industry experts. You can study these qualifications online and specialise in sales, claims or underwriting.

Find out more about how Australians rate work-life balance for their industry, age group and location.