The Career Doctor™
WHICH CAREERS ARE THE MOST SATISFYING?
Dear Career Doctor:
I am having trouble finding the careers that report the
highest job satisfaction. Do you know which careers would
top this list? Thanks for your help.?
Here's the bad news: Even if I could find a study that compares all the
different fields and says which has the highest rate of job satisfaction,
it wouldn't predict the field that would make YOU the happiest. For
example, I can quote a study of Federal employees that found 78% of NASA
employees are satisfied, while only 45% of Immigration and Naturalization
Service employees are. But you might really enjoy the work of an INS agent,
and hate being a NASA engineer.
Here's the good news: Contrary to the Puritan ethic, the best way to
predict job satisfaction is to find a field where the work itself seems
fun and interesting. That is different for each person. If you don't
know what that might be, vocational interest tests can help you figure it out.
Then, if you enter a field where the basic work seems good to you, and you
find a boss you like who will give you the kind of responsibility,
advancement, pay and working hours you want, you will probably be a satisfied
person – at least on the job.
The Career Doctor
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