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CareerBliss Reveals Happiest Occupations List (Spoiler Alert: Journalism is Not One of Them)

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CareerBliss has released their list of the top 20 happiest occupations based on analyzing hundreds of jobs. We noticed a range on the list from contractor to finance manager but alas, media occupations are absent.

In fact, BusinessInsider worked with CareerBliss on this endeavor. The career site looked at 57,000 employee evaluations spanning more than 450 different job titles. The indicator of ultimate job satisfaction relied on eight facets: work-life balance, relationship with colleagues, environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture and daily tasks.

CareerBliss discovered the top three factors determining happiness encompass the people you work with, organizational culture and work freedom.

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What are the Unhappiest Jobs?

A few days ago we highlighted a study conducted by CareerBliss that identified the 20 happiest jobs in America using 10 factors ranging from boss/co-worker relationships, resources, salary, and environment to corporate culture.

Well, what happens when that’s flipped upside down? Yes, that’s right — the gloom and doom, that pit in the stomach feeling on Sunday night of not looking forward to the upcoming work week.

CareerBliss compiled a list of the 10 unhappiest jobs base on analysis of 100,400 employees. They rated factors that affected workplace happiness such as work environment, job resources, and compensation. Executive level jobs like CEO were excluded from the study.

The unhappiest job in America? Security officer. Matt Miller, chief technology officer at CareerBliss told Forbes,  “Our data shows that growth opportunities and lack of rewards in this field is what affected the overall sentiment around this type of job. Work environment scored relatively high.”

The second and third unhappiest jobs are registered nurse and teacher. These careers seem to be linked to different factors with the same results of being dissatisfied on the job. CareerBliss executive Heidi Golledge explained to Forbes, “Nurses, on the other hand, have more issues with the culture of their workplaces, the people they work with, and the person they work for.  The factors driving the unhappiness tell different stories for these two jobs.”

She added, “CareerBliss has found through our research that teachers appear to be quite happy with their work and their coworkers.  However, the rewards for their work, lack of support, and lack of opportunities to be promoted counteract many of the good parts of the job.”

Other occupations rounding out the top ten included marketing director, maintenance supervisor, product manager and sales engineer. As for the good news? No media-specific jobs were on the unhappiest list. The bad news? No media jobs were on the happiest list either.

What are the Happiest Jobs?

If you had to rate whether or not a job was happy, what factors would you include?

Forbes highlighted a study conducted by CareerBliss that attempts to identify the 20 happiest jobs in America using ten factors that range from boss/co-worker relationships, resources, salary, and environment, to corporate culture, day-to-day tasks, and growth path. From February 2011 to January 202, CareerBliss analyzed more than 100,400 reviews from employees that rated these factors.

The happiest job in America? Software quality assurance engineer.

Jobs that made the top five are executive chef, property manager, bank teller, and warehouse manager. Others included in the top 10 are customer service reps, administrative assistants, and accountants, jobs that aren’t typically associated with happiness.  Interestingly enough, human resources manager is ranked number nine. No media-specific jobs made the list. The study excluded executive-level positions.

“Many of the happiest jobs have some component with working with people,” CareerBliss’ chief executive, Heidi Golledge told Forbes. “Folks who work with others tend to rate their happiness higher on our site.”

Golledge added, “We have also noticed that happiness definitely does not align with pay, and once someone’s basic needs are met, the additional money on the job is a nice perk but is not what drives employee happiness.”

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