I work at a job which presumes attendance at the office Monday - Friday. But it is foolish to think that any job today which carries with it high compensation and significant responsibility is a Monday - Friday engagement. I often work weekends as well, and have to respond 24/7 to a variety of issues. I use judgment, as I do try to carve out some down time on weekends, but weekends often end up with 5/6 hours of work each day as opposed to 12 during the week. It is just the way it is - jobs that are in mid-six figures (or even low middle six figures) really in essence have the look, feel and burdens of two jobs. The upshot of this? Live relatively frugally because the work and the pace make it tough for it to last forever, and be doubly prepared for retirement (save and invest twice more than you might be inclined to do). I recognize the OP was trying to make a point about different types of jobs which require weekend participation than my white collar job, but I am posting as a reminder that there is always a price to pay for big ticket jobs, weekend work included, and it is a never ending struggle to earn and contribute value well above one's compensation - the best way to survive in the private sector.