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Happiest Jobs in America: No Room for Stress and Disengagement [INFOGRAPHIC]

The number one cause of stress in Americans is job pressure with 3 out of 10 people saying that they are almost always under stress at work, according to the infographic below from Furthermore, 52% of those surveyed are disengaged with their work. They feel no connection to their job and are not willing to go above and beyond the necessary tasks to stay employed.

An even startling fact is that 1 in 5 people are actively disengaged. Meaning, they are working against their organization, their boss, or even both. Disengaged workers are costing companies a staggering $550 billion each year. Additionally, $300 billion is lost each year due to stress-related health problems and absenteeism of workers.

The infographic below lists the following as the three most common traits of the happiest jobs:

  • Employer trust/job flexibility

  • Opportunity to improve skills

  • Defined purpose

These traits leave no room for an employee to feel stress or to be disengaged with their work. Some of the happiest jobs mentioned are Software Developer, Financial Analyst, Accountant and Customer Service Rep. Two of the least stressful jobs are University Professor and Hairstylist.

As a job seeker, you’re more than likely not just looking for a job to fill your wallet. You want to work at a company where your skills and abilities will be appreciated and valued. You also want to work in a positive environment where you can further develop professionally. The jobs detailed below may be of interest to you as you embark on your job search!

Moreover, if you find yourself part of the 52% of American workers who are disengaged with their job, it may be time to consider a job change. Check out the infographic below for a comprehensive look at the happiest and least stressful careers. The infographic also details the above-average industry growth levels of these jobs.


Camelia Rodriguez

Camelia Rodriguez is the PR/Content Marketing Intern for Spark Hire. She enjoys writing and editing, binge-watching TV shows on Hulu and Netflix, and eating foods she isn't allergic to. Born and raised in Chicago, she loves to cheer for the Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubbies.

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