Melanie Camp devoted most of her life to protecting her country. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and spent five years in the military before working at defense contracting powerhouse Lockheed Martin for two decades. But around 2007, she knew she needed a change.
"The demands of the job just didn't suit me," Camp told CNBC, "which resulted in a lot of stress."
She didn't know what she wanted to do but she knew where she wanted to live: Door County, Wisconsin—an area known as the Cape Cod of the Midwest. Like 88 percent of workers in a 2012 survey by Net Impact, Camp was looking for a better work/life balance and considered a "positive culture" important to her dream job.