The Happiest & Unhappiest Jobs in America

Many of you may be surprised by this list compiled at You probably wouldn’t think of sales reps or construction managers as the most chipper, but they are!  Of course, the list is only compiled from a survey of 65,000 employees in 2012 so it isn’t exactly ‘scientific’ but still gives a great idea.  Ten factors were considered to come up with the results.  Those include one’s relationship with the boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and control over the work one does on a daily basis.

Are you any of these?

  1. Real estate agent
  2. Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
  3. Senior Sales Representative
  4. Construction Superintendent
  5. Senior App Developer
  6. Logistics Manager
  7. Construction Manager
  8. Executive Administrative Assistant
  9. Network Engineer
  10. Assistant Controller

I fall right under the happiest job title: Realtor!  I was actually surprised to read that real estate agents top this list. Stress, economic conditions, many markets across the country still in a downturn… Then I thought about it.  I am probably at the happiest point I’ve been in since I became licensed to sell real estate. Interest rates are historically low, inventory is getting better, values are stabilizing, I’m at a point where people recognize me and/or my name and I am one of the few that weathered the mortgage crashing storm and stayed in business.  You can’t give up when things aren’t in your favor; it shows weakness, not persistence.  Many real estate agents, however, gave up, and are starting to pop back up reactivating their licenses.  Choose who you want to represent you in a home buying transaction wisely!

Now… are you one of the angrier unhappier employees?

  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

The article listed RNs and teachers as surprises. I’m actually not surprised, unfortunately. Registered nurses seem to have issues with their workplaces and/or co-workers and managers.  Teachers overall love their work and co-workers, but lack rewards for their work, have a lack of support, and have minimal opportunities to be promoted.

Everyone is different, every company is different, every job title is different.  Hopefully you can reach that ultimate career goal everyone strives for: doing what you love doing!


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