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Don’t Worry (Get One of These Jobs and) Be Happy!

“If you want to be happy for the rest of your life…” try getting one of the happiest jobs in 2013. Yes that’s right, we’re here to discuss the jobs with the happiest employees, and we’ll touch on these with the least happy in case you’re curious. Despite the popularity of Mad Men, and the bleak world of office jobs, job satisfaction is critical to not just your workplace happiness, but also your overall well being. Rather than apply to only those jobs which seem prestigious or which will make the most money, take into account what will make you happy; it’ll go a long way in your career.

According to CareerBliss, here are the top ten happiest jobs in America:

  1. Real Estate Agent
  2. Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
  3. Senior Sales Representatives
  4. Construction Superintendent
  5. Senior Application Developer
  6. Logistics Manager
  7. Construction Manager
  8. Executive Administrative Assistant
  9. Network Engineer
  10. Assistant Controller

Your job search is filled with a number of questions, mainly what do want to do, but what will make you happy is just as important and not always the same answer. Our jobs are a big part of our lives, sure, but not the only things that make us happy. Finding job satisfaction often depends on how much the job allows us to be happy both at work and after work. Long hours can cut into the rest of your life, cutting into your job satisfaction.

Salary is also not surprisingly an important factor in determining job satisfaction as well; as is seniority. Many of the “happiest” jobs feature manager or senior in the title. One thing to note on that however, is that they are not among the traditional highest paying jobs. The traditional may no longer be desired, and employees are finding happiness in careers. Remember that when setting off in your job search, a title is only so good, doing what makes you happy will help you be more satisfied, allowing you to achieve more as your advance in your career.

If you’re interested in the jobs with the lowest levels of happiness and job satisfaction to inform your job search, here are they are:

  1. Associate Attorney
  2. Customer Service Associate
  3. Clerk
  4. Registered Nurse
  5. Teacher
  6. Marketing Coordinator
  7. Legal Assistant
  8. Pharmacy Technician
  9. Technical Support Specialist
  10. Case Manager

Obviously you may want desperately to be one of the least happy jobs, or have zero interest at all in those with the highest levels of happiness. Do, though, take a look at some of the factors which contribute to employee happiness (or unhappiness) in the aforementioned occupations; it may help better inform your job search. So don’t worry as much about what you do, but what will make you happy short and long term.

How much weight do you put on your happiness in your job search? Comment below!

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Jen Schiller

Jen works as a Marketing Project Manager for a restaurant, a kitchen assistant for cooking classes, helps with database management, does some freelance writing, and more. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Government & Politics in 2011. Currently, she resides in the Washington, D.C. area and is an avid sports fan.