Top 7 ‘Fixed Hours’ Jobs

Some jobs have structured timings, whereas there are some jobs that require one to be available for work round the clock. The ‘Top 7 ‘Fixed Hours’ Jobs’ comprises of careers that have structured timings and do not require a person to work for more than a specified number of hours. The list includes careers from a vast variety of fields that are suitable for people who want to work only for a fixed number of hours every day so that they can maintain a balance between their personal and professional lives.

Please keep in mind that these careers might not necessarily be ‘9 to 5’ jobs but will only require a person to work for a specified number of hours a day. Such careers are ideal for people who do not like to take their work home. Just because these careers have structured hours does not mean that they are less physically and mentally taxing than the ones without a fixed number of hours. As a matter of fact, some of these careers might involve lots of hard work, probably even more than is required in jobs that have no fixed hours. The timings of the job might vary as per the nature of the career, but the culture of the workplace along with the demands of the job require a person to only work for a fixed amount of time in a day.

IASIFS and other Government Jobs

IAS (Indian Administrative Services) and IFS (Indian Foreign Services) officers work for the welfare of the country, although in different ways. IAS officers are responsible for helping the Government come up with policies through which the public will benefit and are also responsible for the implementation of those policies. IFS officers are responsible for maintaining friendly relations with the country they are posted in and are also responsible safeguarding the national interests of India wherever they go. IAS, IFS and all other Government jobs including Post Offices, Public Sector Undertakings etc. have structured hours and do not require people to work for more than a specified amount of hours per day.

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Government offices have rigid hours that are not flexible. This is due to a variety of reasons including easier administration and work culture. The specified timings of each of these jobs might differ, as people working in a Post office might have to report to work earlier than an IAS officer, but what is common to all these jobs is the simple fact these Government officials do not need to work throughout the day and do not take their work home. Such jobs have good job security and financial stability and are ideal for people who would like to pursue other interests in their life apart from their career. It is to be kept in mind that these jobs also carry with them the possibility of becoming monotonous due to the rigid structure of timings and the nature of the work. To get into the IAS/IFS or other Government jobs, you will need to pass in the entrance examination and meet the eligibility criteria.

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Teachers are professionals who have a lot of knowledge in a particular subject and use this knowledge to educate and teach students. Their job is to ensure that their students understand the fundamentals of what they’re being taught so that they can use that knowledge to become more learned and intelligent individuals. Teachers have the ability to shape an individual’s thinking and career, and a good Teacher will always encourage students to ask questions and develop an inquisitive attitude about the world. Apart from imparting knowledge, Teachers also act as guides for their students and ensure that they learn as much as they can about life academically and practically.

The job of a Teacher is very structured due to the rigid timings of educational institutions, especially schools. Please keep in mind that this does not include Tuition Teachers but Teachers who teach in schools and colleges. As the concentration span of children is not very long, schools tend to start early in the morning and end after noon. Colleges also tend to have structured timings for the same reasons, though there is more flexibility due to greater number of classes and longer hours. Regardless of the subject and the teaching level, all Teachers tend to work for a fixed number of hours in a day. This also means that they lead hectic lives as they have to ensure that they complete the necessary amount of syllabus in the specific time frame. Even though Teachers do not completely switch off after work as they have to check copies and prepare for the next day, a majority of their work takes place during the specified hours which makes it suitable for people who are not comfortable with working for very long and non – regular hours. A lot of people take to teaching because of the amount of hours you are required to work for are usually lesser than what you are required to work for other jobs, especially in schools.

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Aviation (Excluding Pilots and Flight Attendants)

You can work in the Aviation industry in a wide variety of departments, including the Ground Staff, Service Operations Management etc. The Ground Staff at an Airport is responsible for a variety of tasks including ticketing, transport of luggage, assisting passengers, making announcements etc. You can also work in the Aviation industry as an Air Traffic Controller or an Aeronautical Engineer. Air Traffic Controllers are responsible for organizing the take offs and landings of the aircraft on the runway. They have to make sure that they manage the airplane traffic on the airport to avoid any mishaps. Aerospace Engineers are engineers who specialize in making and designing aircrafts and parts of aircrafts.

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All the above jobs and other aviation jobs (except Flight Attendants and Pilots) usually follow structured hours. Even though the nature of the job does not actually accommodate the concept of working for a fixed amount of hours, the staff usually works in structured ‘shifts’ that are for a specified amount of hours. For example, the post of an Air Traffic Controller can never be vacant, as flights take off and land on an airport throughout the day. Therefore, the job is structured in shifts where one person works for a specified amount of hours and then the other person takes over. Most jobs in the aviation industry use this structure of fixed ‘shifts’ to delegate work. Jobs like these in the Aviation Industry can be good for people who are comfortable with working in shifts that can be either in the day or in the night, but not comfortable with dealing with work related issues throughout the day.

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Banking (Operations Staff)

The Operations staff in the Banking industry includes a variety of roles such as Bank Tellers, Bank Loan Officers, and Private Banking etc. Bank Tellers are the face of the banking industry and are responsible for recording daily transactions. Bank Loan Officers are responsible for assisting clients who want to apply for loans and help them decide the type and amount of loan which will be ideal for their needs. Private Banking officials look after the banking needs of extremely wealthy individuals who are referred to as ‘Private Clients’. The operations staff in a bank might include many more roles that depend on the type of bank and its organizational structure.

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The Operations Staff in most banks works for a specified number of hours. This is mainly due to the nature of the business, as the evenings are used to keep a record of the transactions and transport money and other financial instruments from one bank to the other. These jobs normally involve work that starts early in the morning and ends around late evening. Even though there are some banks that are open for longer hours, most banks in India shut down around early evening. Such jobs are ideal for people who want to work in a very rigid timing structure and are not comfortable with an irregular lifestyle. Bankers are normally not required to deal with work issues once they get done from work. Please keep in mind that this does not include Investment Bankers and other such firms but only the operations staff of Commercial Banks.

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Plant/Production Managers and other Factory Jobs

Plant/Production Managers are responsible for the daily supervision of the factory and its operations that include production and distribution. They also look after the logistics and maintenance of the factory and ensure that all the necessary safety and regulatory requirements are being met. Factory Jobs can also include Engineers who maintain and look after the proper functioning of the machinery and general labor jobs. The aim of all Factory jobs is to make sure that the production process takes place smoothly and safely.

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Factories usually have very structured hours due to a variety of reasons that include safety regulations plus legal and environmental requirements. Plant Managers and other people who work in the factory work for fixed hours that are usually from early in the morning till evening. As the jobs require a lot of physical and mental stamina, the factories that stay open for extended hours use labor and staff in ‘shifts’. This is extremely common when there is a deadline to be met regarding the production of goods. Most people who work in factories are not required to take their work home as their work deals with heavy machinery that is only available in the factory. Plant Managers might be required to concentrate on work related issues after work, but the majority of their work takes place during the specified hours. Such jobs can be great for people who like to lead a regular lifestyle and know their work timings so as to be able to do other things.

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Retail Managers

‘Retail’ is the process of selling goods and services to the user. It is a part of a larger process called the ‘Supply Chain’ which is managed by Supply Chain Managers and consists of all the stages of the production and distribution of goods and services . The Retail Manager is basically responsible for purchasing goods and services from the manufacturing side of a business and then selling them at a profit to the direct consumers. Retail Managers are responsible for the daily functioning of the retail outlet, including recruiting and training staff, maximizing profits and managing inventory. They are the only managers in the entire Supply Chain that interact directly with the consumers. It is a part of their job to address grievances and persuade them to purchase products.

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As the job of a Retail Manager includes meeting sales targets, they have to constantly come up with new ways and offers through which they increase the sales of the outlet. A good Retail Manager will ensure that the retail outlet maintains financial efficiency and develops a group of loyal customers. The work of a Retail Manager revolves around the functioning of the outlet. They do not have to deal with work related issues once the retail outlet shuts for the day. This results in Retail Managers working for very specified and limited hours as most retail outlets have fixed timings within which they conduct sales. In outlets that have very long hours, such as the 24 hour outlets, 2 or 3 Retail Managers work in separate shifts of specified hours. Once the outlet is shut, Retail Managers calculate the total sales for the day and deposit the money in a bank/locker. After this the outlet is locked, and the work of the Retail Manager is over for the day. Even though different outlets have different timings, most of them open in the morning and shut around 9 – 10 in the night. Such jobs are suitable for people who like to work in a comfortable and familiar environment and are good with dealing with customers and accounts. There are a lot of opportunities for aspiring Retail Managers as the retail industry in India is growing at a very fast rate due to the influx of various international retail chains.

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The job of an Accountant involves recording, examining and verifying an individual or a firm’s financial statements. They record financial transactions and evaluate them using their sound financial and forecasting skills. The financial statements created by Accountants are useful to judge a person or a firm’s financial health. They are extremely important for every business as they inform regarding the amount of loss or profit you have made and sometimes also suggest ways through which you can minimize losses and maximize profits. They work in a variety of fields and perform a variety of jobs, including auditing, taxation, Investment Banking, Fund Management and Financial Management.

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The daily tasks of an Accountant basically consist of recording the financial transactions of a business. As the business does not usually work round the clock, Accountants also do not need to work round the clock. Accountants usually attend meetings with individual clients and manage their week in a way so that they are able to deal with multiple clients. They work for a fixed amount of hours per day and do not really deal with work related issues once they are done for the day. Accountants usually work in regular 9 to 5 jobs. Please keep in mind that there might be times where an Accountant might need to work for longer hours during auditing or creating annual financial statements, but such instances are far from regular. The job of an Accountant is good for a person who has very good accounting and auditing skills as well as the ability to handle finances. Moreover, people who like fixed hours of work with little or no over – time and people who do not mind monotonous jobs can excel as an Accountant. Please keep in mind that not all Accountants lead the same type of lifestyle and your timings might vary as per your specialization and work culture. But most Accountants follow a 9 to 5 job structure. 

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