The Happiest Jobs

The Christian Science Monitor has a list of the 10 happiest jobs, as of 2011, starting with the most happiest:

  1. Clergy
  2. Firemen
  3. Physical therapists
  4. Authors
  5. Special ed. teachers
  6. Teachers
  7. Artists
  8. Psychologists
  9. Financial services sales agents
  10. Operating engineers (i.e., technicians that operate giant construction machines)

The list was compiled using data from the General Society Survey, which is conducted at least every other year since 1972. It measures all kinds of things, including what people do for a living and how happy they are. The data is publicly available, so anyone can come up with interesting correlations, like this one.

Depicting Clergy Fail


With the exception of physical therapists, psychologists and financial advisors, it’s clear that salary has nothing to do with job satisfaction. The top 10 most hated jobs, on the other hand, is mostly made up of high-paying jobs like directors, managers and techies.

Money magazine goes a step further and compiles a list every year of the best jobs, based on not only personal satisfaction, but also benefit to society, level of stress and flexibility. But they don’t take into account jobs that don’t have many positions open, or require going to grad school for more than 3 years, or  pay less than 50k$ — so that cuts out almost everyone from the CS Monitor’s list and leaves a lot of engineering and business jobs:

  1. Software Developer
  2. Physical Therapist
  3. Financial Adviser
  4. Civil Engineer
  5. Marketing Specialist
  6. Management Consultant
  7. Information Technology Consultant
  8. Database Administrator
  9. Financial Analyst
  10. Environmental Engineer

I’ll take the rapists for 200$, Alex.


From Christian Science Monitor, Money and CNBC, via Forbes

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