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)
I'm a certified career coach based in Philadelphia. I started my own practice to help people land their dream jobs and achieve their individual definitions of success.
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