How many in your immediate circle of friends are passionate about the way they earn their living? Who if given a choice between going to work or doing something fun, would cheerfully opt for the former?
To get the answer to this question, I consulted some pretty serious numbers crunchers and was suprised to learn ….
that many people really like their jobs, that they consider them gratifying, and are willing to state so for the record and to quantify their satisfaction with a statistical precentage.
Who are these happy fullfilled people, you may ask? In descending order, those with the MOST GRATIFYING JOBS are:
Clergy—87 percent percent
Firefighters—80 percent percent
Physical therapists—78 percent percent
Special education teachers—70 percent
Education administrators—68 percent
Painters and sculptors—67 percent
Security and financial services salespersons—65 percent
Operating engineers—64 percent
Office supervisors—61 percent
Police and detectives +- 50 percent
Registered nurses +- 50 percent
Accountants +- 50 percent
Editors and reporters +- 50 percent
For the most part, no real surprise here as most of these jobs are about service to society, and serving one’s fellow man and women is a good thing.
But isn’t it a bit of a stretch to include accountants, financial services salespeople, operating engineers, and office supervisors in with this bunch? Though I can see if the financial services salespeople and accountants are dedicated to helping me earn and keep a greater amount of my earnings than I could do myself. Then they are artists.
But office supervisors and operating engineers?
If I were compiling the list, these last two would be in this next list of those with the
LEAST GRATIFYING OCCUPATIONS
Laborers, except construction—21 percent
Apparel clothing salespersons—24 percent
Handpackers and packagers—24 percent
Food preparers—24 percent
Furniture and home-furnishing salespersons—25 percent
Freight, stock and material handlers—26 percent
Waiters and servers—27 percent
This list is a no-brainer.
While most of the people from the first group have what society considers careers, or professions, this latter group definately has jobs, boring, horrible, when will this day ever end, jobs.
Were I in this latter group, and at various times in my life I have been, I would hate my job too. In fact, it is unlikely that I would have taken the time necessary to participate in this survey, that is unless I was getting paid to do so.
This brings us to the last group, those HAPPIEST IN THEIR OCCUPATIONS
Transportation ticket and reservation agents
Housekeepers and butlers
Hardware/building supplies salespersons
Mechanics and repairers
Special education teachers
Actors and directors
Note, the heading said, happiest. The cynic in me is quick to point out that it did not say, the best compensated, though many of them probably are.
One thing, though, how did the guys from Home Depot get on this list?
My comments not withstanding, the raw data featured above is from the 2006 General Social Survey. It is based on interviews with randomly selected people who collectively represent a cross section of Americans.
In the current study, interviewers asked more than 27,000 people questions about job satisfaction and general happiness.
I wonder where blogging places on these lists?