Here they are: the "10 Happiest Jobs." And #1 is…

Here they are: the "10 Happiest Jobs." And #1 is… September 14, 2011

Take a wild guess.

Read on, 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.

And if you’re job’s not on that list, how about the 10 Most Hated Jobs?  Check out the list.

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10 responses to “Here they are: the "10 Happiest Jobs." And #1 is…”

  1. I have a lot of people I know on both lists who seem to have the opposite feeling about their job. I think it more depends on the company you work for and its mission and the people you work with each day. It has been a very tough time for priests over the past few years and I know a lot of them who are doing the work of 2-3 people with constant harrassment from inside and outside the church, especially if they stand strong on Church teaching.

    One of the happiest and most satisfied people I know runs the IT for a huge hospital group with over 20 hospitals and while his job is a constant challenge, he thrives on it and loves his job believing that he is really making a difference with some of the great software products out there today which he thinks will help both the docs and the patients. His biggest challenge is the mess created by Obama and the stimulus and all the idiotic regulations that go with it. Billions of dollars are flowing out of the federal government for technology purchases and the vast majority of it is wasted doing the wrong things.

  2. I JUST ‘ADORE’ Bishop Egans look of ‘TRUE JOY’. He emminates ‘GLOW OF CHRIST’. : )

  3. Going way back to Fr, Corapi comments, on your rules for comments section Deacon. I LOVE YOU ‘BILL’ DITTO from me. EVF

  4. Deacon Greg,

    Considering the jobs on the tops of these lists, I would have to submit myself as an expert witness. I have the job on top of both lists. I am clergy and the Director of Information Technology.

    As you know, even though we are paid nothing, I get much joy in my work as a Permanent Deacon. In my role as CTO of a hospital, a good day is when nothing bad happens and no one complains. Not much to look forward to. I would have to say that the article is spot on.

  5. Funding trouble for teachers? Education funding has dramatically increased over the past several decades, yet our international rankings on nearly all subjects has continued to drop like a lead weight. Funding is the furthest thing from a problem for the majority of educators.

    The high percentage of satisfaction for teachers comes from two places: satisfaction that good teaching brings good teachers (which is reasonable) and satisfaction from laying under the radar in an 8 month a year and 8am to 4pm job for lazy ones. Not to mention the sweet pensions, tenured positions, rubber rooms for awful teachers, etc etc etc…all thanks to the horribly one-sided union bargained contracts. Yes, those unions that really just care about what’s best for “the kids”. Not many careers have such strong incentives to be good or bad at your job, so it’s not surprising that the cumulative satisfaction is that high.

  6. There are people that are happy at whatever they do and put all their effort and good will towards their tasks, either sweeping floors or managing multinational corporation. I know, my wife is one of those lucky persons who sees every thing they do as a mission from God on earth. I envy her and them because am not so optimistic. Point is that happiness depends on the person and their attitude towards life.

  7. I was going to add more about the joy I had as a public school teacher of 30 years, until union member took the wind out of my sails. LOVE to be made to feel bad for doing my best for 900 kids. LOVE to be mad to feel guilty about serving now as a deacon on my “sweet” pension pay of $2900. per month.

  8. Looks like “man finds himself in a total gift of self to others.”
    Very surprised that stay-at home mom didn’t make the top 10!

  9. You’be never sold anything, otherwise you would know how much work it is and how few 40 hours/week there are. To be successful you have to have a good attitude. Only 15% of people make it dive years.

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