When looking for a job, it’s instinctual for people to picture themselves in a position before they are hired. We want to be sure we will find happiness in any decision we make, especially when it comes to a career. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could know this before we accept or decline a position? Luckily, online job site, CareerBliss, has taken care of that for us. After some intense research, the site has compiled a list of the happiest and unhappiest jobs in 2014.
Over the past year, CareerBliss collected data from the reviews of around 25,000 of the site’s users that included 7,800 different job titles. The site asked users to rate their jobs on a scale of one to five in the following 10 categories:
Relationship with boss and co-workers
Each category was given equal weight and only jobs that received at least 25 reviews were rated. After narrowing down the list, CareerBliss ended up evaluating 169 different job titles. Top jobs like professional athlete, CEO, and rock star were left off the list, as were low end jobs like factory worker.
CareerBliss CEO, Heidi Golledge, says this information is valuable to workers and managers alike. “It is vital to understand how employees in these positions feel about their work environment,” she says. “Whether you are someone looking to transition into one of these careers, or are currently in one of these jobs, the list can help arm you with the information you need to understand the rewards and challenges.”
So which jobs landed the title of happiest? The third place spot goes to executive recruiters (headhunters). Executive recruiters find and hire candidates for advanced-level jobs. Golledge says people with this job are happier due to the high demand for talent, especially in the tech industry. According to the data acquired by CareerBliss, headhunters earn an average of $51,000-$104,000.
Quality assurance engineers come in at number two. These professionals wok on testing and monitoring software, policing bugs, and maintaining databases. CareerBliss shows a salary range of $41,000-$71,000 — even up to $91,000 for senior engineers.
The number one happiest job goes to database administrators. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) describes the job: “Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data, such as financial information and customer shipping records. They make sure data are available to users and are secure from unauthorized access.” The BLS also states the demand for DBAs is on the rise and the job is well-compensated with an annual wage of around $79,000. Prediction is the field will grow by 15% between 2012 and 2022. DBAs gave particularly high marks for job control and quality of daily tasks.
As for the unhappy jobs, accountants take third place due to a lack of room for growth. An accountant’s work can be both tedious and pressurized. Despite a median income of $71,000 according to BLS, they are still unhappy.
Bank branch managers have a job that comes with a lot of stress, according to Golledge, which is why the job takes second place. There is not much support that is offered for this position and it can be very demanding. In addition, mobile apps take care of most basic banking tasks, so branches are less relevant and employment for managers is on the decline. Although the average salary is a decent $59,000, career advancement is difficult.
Security officers take the top spot, which should come as no surprise. Patrolling company property, monitoring activity, and working overnight can not only be boring, but lonely. Advancement opportunities are few and far between and the average annual salary, according to the BLS, is a mere $27,240.
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