The happiest jobs are not necessarily the highest-paying jobs, as CareerBliss study shows.
Happy is as happy does.
The website CareerBliss, which efforts to create happy employees in the workplace, completed a study for Business Insider to determine which occupations have the happiest members. From their online job data base of over 450 job titles and 57,000 workers, CareerBliss determined the happiest employees in the United States.
Perhaps it is surprising to find that the happiest workers do not have the highest paying jobs.
The employees were asked to judge their jobs on eight factors, rating them from zero to five in terms of enjoyment. The factors were company culture, compensation, daily tasks, growth opportunities, job resources, relationship with coworkers, work environment and work-life balance.
So what is the happiest job for 2014? It’s a Research/Teaching Assistant.
Defined as someone who helps a certified teacher or professor with instructional task, including preparing materials for lesson and helping with projects and lesson plans, a research/teaching assistant rates their job at 4.13 on the five-point scale in terms of enjoyment. Although compensation is one of the eight factors rated in the study, the average teaching assistant gets $33,600 annual average salary.
Interestingly, the second happiest job is similar. A Quality Assurance Analyst, who is responsible for the design, testing and analysis of results for software systems, earns $58,000 a year and rates their job as a 4.06 on the five-point scale of enjoyment.
The surprises keep coming. The third happiest job out of 450 choices is realtor, with a Bliss Score of 4.03 and an average salary of $53,800. The real estate industry also provides the No. 4 happiest job with a loan officer, who reports a 3.95 average Bliss Score on a job that pays $54,200 on average.
The remainder of the top 10 happiest jobs are Sales Representative, Controller, Human Resources manager, Software engineer/Developer, Intern and Team Leader.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.