In the time since my last blog posting, lots of exciting things have been happening! I've worked with some really great clients who have gone on to get new positions they love, even though the unemployment rate has continued to hover above 7% (and went up to 7.6% for the past couple of weeks). I also attended the Career Thought Leaders annual Global Career Brainstorming Day to discuss "the now, the new, and the next in careers". One of the things we all agreed on was that even though the surface may appear still, underneath there are so many changes happening in the job market and so many new ways to work. As we head into the winter holiday season, and people start slowing down a little, it's actually a very good time to stay focused on the next - to develop a plan and put it into action. How will you become the best choice for your dream job?
Forbes has run two sister articles on "The Happiest Jobs in America" and "The Unhappiest Jobs in America" in the past week, with data coming from a recent, year-long CareerBliss survey. Results are ranked on a 5-point scale and include factors such as working environment, compensation, rewards, and growth opportunities.
But I'm going to say - at least from my experience - these lists are way off base. I'd love to see some other surveys conducted by other companies during the same time frame.
As a courtesy, I'm also listing below the 10 happiest and 10 unhappiest jobs as reported by this survey, because I couldn't find the actual list on the CareerBliss website, and Forbes has the lists in a format that requires the reader to manually click through dozens of stock photographs of people at work.
What do you think? Do you agree with these happy/unhappy lists?
Here's a breakdown on the 10 happiest jobs:
Software Quality Assurance Engineer (4.24 / 5)
Executive Chef (4.15 / 5)
Property Manager (4.15 / 5)
Bank Teller (4.14 / 5)
Warehouse Manager (4.13 / 5)
Administrative Assistant (4.11 / 5)
Customer Service Representative (4.06 / 5)
Accountant (4.05 / 5)
Systems Engineer (4.01 / 5)
Construction Manager (4.01 / 5)
And here are the 10 unhappiest jobs:
Security Officer (3.51 / 5)
Registered Nurse (3.55 / 5)
Teacher (3.59 / 5)
Sales Engineer (3.64 / 5)
Product Manager (3.65 / 5)
Program Manager (3.65 / 5)
Marketing Manager (3.67 / 5)
Director of Sales (3.68 / 5)
Marketing Director (3.69 / 5)
Maintenance Supervisor (3.69 / 5)