We clergy sometimes complain about our jobs, to be sure. But my experience bears out the results of the General Social Survey: most clergy are very happy with their jobs. They might get frustrated with the people in their congregations, and they think they’re underpaid, but they generally like their job. Interestingly, if you click through to the article, you’ll see that most of the unhappiest jobs are in technical fields.
Psychologist, firefighter, and clergy are included in the list of the “10 happiest jobs” based on data collected via the General Social Survey of the National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago, reports the Christian Science Monitor. “Since experts say that social interaction drives job satisfaction, it makes sense that clergy are happiest of all,” Christian Science Monitor writes. “Social interaction and helping people [is a] combination that’s tough to beat for job happiness.”
- Physical therapists
- Special education teachers
- Financial services sales agents
- Operating engineers