The 10 happiest jobs was something I ran across on Forbes.com. I found it amusing that my job was listed #6. I really did not need a list of the happiest jobs to know I enjoy my career, although it nice to hear! Why are these jobs the happiest?
Clergy – Ministers, Priests, Rabbis, etc are the happiest jobs. According to the National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago, social interaction drives job satisfaction. The clergy are happy because they want to help people and have a fair amount of authority within their church.
Firefighter – If they are not waiting hours for work, they are training for work. This is a profession that helps people. Firefighters and police officers are in a profession where they save lives and respected for that.
Physical Therapists – This profession combines social interaction and helping people. You can see the results of your work and that provides job satisfaction and happiness. This is a helping profession that treats individuals of all ages from newborns to the very oldest who have medical problems or health related conditions, illnesses or injuries that limit their abilities to move and perform basic activities.
Authors – This would be my dream job! You can do it anywhere and anytime. Certainly some authors earn more than others, but there is something to be said for expressing yourself. It is one of the few professions you can do by yourself. Not everyone can be J K Rowling or James Patterson, but there is opportunity to express you in a variety of venues.
Special Education Teachers – If you are looking for a helping profession with children, you cannot beat teaching. Special education is the education of students with special needs in a way that addresses the students’ individual differences and needs. Classes are usually smaller, but more demanding because of the student’s special needs.
Teachers – Another helping profession that does not pay very well, but makes it up in job satisfaction. Teachers are often enthusiastic about their material and will engage students in learning which leads to job satisfaction. A teacher usually enjoys their subject and sparks the excitement in the students which leads to job satisfaction and happiness.
Artists – Sculptors and painters fall into a stereotype of starving, but happy! Many report job satisfaction from the creative expression, although only some can sustain a living in the profession. An artist creates art, practices or demonstrates an art. Being an artist draws creative people who are willing to pursue career that may not sustain you.
Psychologists – This was a surprise to me as a happy profession! The thought of listening to other people’s problems all day as rewarding and happy escapes me. There are different kinds of psychologists which are either applied or research oriented. They like helping people with their problems which leads to job satisfaction and happiness.
Financial Services Sales Agents – Actually, this covers a vast group of people who sell and arrange a wide range of banking and financial services from loans to mutual funds. They contact prospective customers in order to present information and explain available services.
Operating Engineers – Although the construction industry is down, there is a shortage of qualified professionals for this job. They operate and maintain heavy construction equipment such as bulldozers, front-end loaders, backhoes, scrapers, motor graders, shovels, derricks, large pumps, and air compressors.
Many of these jobs are not well paid, but all are fulfilling and satisfying. Most of the people who enter these professions are performing meaningful jobs. Whether you are satisfying customers, parishioners, students or the public, it is job satisfaction or the value of your work that provides happiness. Last month , I wrote an article called “Can You Sum up your Career in Six Words” which asks the reader what are the characteristics of your career that you identify. These professions would use many positive and satisfying words. Are you happy with your job? If not, what are doing about it? Create an action plan and follow it. 10 happiest jobs are so much more satisfying and rewarding.
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