When it comes to work-life balance, not every job is created equal.  You can’t work from home if you are an airline pilot.  You can’t negotiate your hours if you are a soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Coastie.  And people have a strange way of demanding that cops and firefighters and emergency room folks are available at night and on weekends and holidays.

These Must Do jobs place extreme demands on workers and their families often requiring long hours, mega travel, deployment and/or living apart.  Shift work, heavy competition and danger may be a feature of these jobs.  Also,  these careers may also offer good pay, a sense of belonging, and/or an entwined degree of professional commitment and personal identity.

Is your job (or your partner’s job) on this list?

Tell us more about how this career affects your family here.  If your career is not listed, but you think it qualifies, add it in the comment section below or tell us about it here.

Actors

Advertising managers

Advertising sales

Agricultural workers

Air traffic controllers

Aircraft mechanics

Aircraft pilots

Airmen

Announcers

Athletic trainers

Athletes (professional and semi-professional)

Bartenders

CEOs

Chefs and cooks

Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners and Investigators

Clergy

Clinical lab technicians

Coaches

Coast Guard members

Computer gaming industry programmers

Construction laborers

Construction managers

Correctional Officers

Directors

Dispatchers

Doctors

Educational administrators

Ferry operators

Financial analysts

Firefighters

First line supervisors

Fishers and fish workers

Flight attendants

Flight engineers

Food service managers

Foresters

Funeral directors

Gaming services occupations

Gaming surveillance

General managers

Home health aide or hospice worker

Hospital staff

Hotel, motel and resort desk clerks

Human resource managers

Industrial machinery mechanics

Investment bankers

IT managers

Labor relations managers

Lawyers

Line installers and repairers

Lodging managers

Logging workers

Marines

Merchant mariners

Meteorologists

Military officers

Musicians

News Analysts

Nurses

Offshore installation managers

Paramedics

Personal finance administrators

Police

Political campaigns

Power plant operators

Private detective and investigators

Producers

Public relations managers

Rail transportation occupations

Real estate brokers and agents

Reporters

Respiratory Therapists

Sailors and seamen

Sales managers

Sales Representatives

Security guards

Singers

Soldiers

Stockbrokers

Truck drivers

Tug operators and barge operators

Umpires

Water and liquid waste treatment plant operators

Welders

Zookeepers