Of the ‘10 Happiest Jobs’, Guess What #1 Is?


From Forbes:

There are some surprises in the ten happiest jobs, as reported a  General Social Survey by the National Organization for Research at the  University of Chicago. (I am indebted to Lew Perelman in drawing my  attention to the Christian Science Monitor article.)

1.  Clergy:  The least worldly are reported to be the happiest of all

2. Firefighters: Eighty percent of firefighters are “very satisfied” with their jobs, which involve helping people.

3. Physical therapists: Social interaction and helping people apparently make this job one of the happiest.

4. Authors: For  most authors, the pay is ridiculously low or non-existent, but the  autonomy of writing down the contents of your own mind apparently leads  to happiness.

5. Special education teachers:  If you don’t care about money, a job as special education teacher might  be a happy profession. The annual salary averages just under $50,000.

6. Teachers:  Teachers in general report being happy with their jobs, despite the  current issues with education funding and classroom conditions. The  profession continues to attract young idealists, although fifty percent  of new teachers are gone within five years.

7. Artists: Sculptors and painters report high job satisfaction, despite the great difficulty in making a living from it.

8. Psychologists: Psychologists may or may not be able to solve other people’s problems, but it seems that they have managed to solve their own.

9. Financial services sales agents:  Sixty-five percent of financial services sales agents are reported to  be happy with their jobs. That could be because some of them are  clearing more than $90,000 dollars a year on average for a 40-hour work  week in a comfortable office environment.

10. Operating engineers:  Playing with giant toys like bulldozers, front-end loaders, backhoes,  scrapers, motor graders, shovels, derricks, large pumps, and air  compressors can be fun.  With more jobs for operating engineers than  qualified applicants, operating engineers report being happy.

The 10 Most Hated Jobs are here.