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The happiest jobs?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

CareerBliss.com has ranked the 20 happiest jobs in America, following a year of surveying 100,400 employees throughout the country.

Factors included 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.

The findings are quite interesting, maybe even a bit surprising.

Software quality assurance engineer took the top spot. Why not? The position pays people between $85,000 to $100,000 annually to make sure video games are as awesome as they think they should be.

Executive chef at No. 2 is also not a shocker because who doesn't love food, especially when in charge of the kitchen?

Property manager tied executive chef, prompting research about exactly what the position does.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Property managers plan, direct, or coordinate the selling, buying, leasing, or governance activities of real estate properties."

That doesn't sound too stressful, and it must be rewarding, hence the high ranking.

Bank teller and warehouse manager come in at fourth and fifth, respectively.

That's not a type-o, but is highly surprising to this former teller. Yes, it can be fun building relationships with customers -- depending on the size of bank -- but it can also be quite stressful. Perhaps the position pays more than it did five years ago, but in the past, tellers were the most underpaid, under-appreciated employees, despite being the face of the bank. Add in the threat of being robbed, and this ranking does not make much sense at all.

A high ranking for warehouse manager makes more sense because they are in charge and, in many cases, likely get to run their own ship without too much interference from a front office, though that may be assuming too much.

Administrative assistants, customer service representatives and accountants came in next. Like being a teller, these jobs can either be really good or really bad, depending on the day (or season). When it's all said and done, there is a satisfaction in making someone's day a little better, which is the ultimate goal of such positions.

Systems engineer, field service technician, process engineer, construction manager and human resource manager tied for ninth. Who doesn't love working with technology, heavy machinery and human resources? The people who don't have these jobs, of course. Once again, there is a theme of being in charge in one way or another.

To cut a long column a little shorter, journalist didn't make the list.

Most likely, large-market journalists skew the results, because the environment in small markets is pretty good. However, the pay does not rank very high compared to other occupations, regardless of the location.

But journalists don't do what they do to get rich. We do it because we love to tell others' stories, educate the public and give back to our communities.

That sounds a lot like teachers, but most of them actually make more than the average journalist.

Moving right along, a survey doesn't determine how happy we are at our jobs.

We do.

So, regardless of whether or not we have one of the "top 20 happiest jobs," we should take pride in what we do and do it to the best of our ability.

If not, it's probably time to find a new job.

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