Friday, March 29, 2013

The Best of Jobs and the Worst of Jobs

Forbes and CareerBliss just released the data of their research looking into the happiest and unhappiest jobs in the world. A few observations from the list:
  1. I am pretty shocked to see Real Estate Agent at number one. With the downturn in the housing market, the last job I expected to see on top would be one which is commission based on house purchases. But it is
  2. 2 out of the top 3 occupations on the list are usually highly commission-based. In an era where base salaries aren't going up a lot, maybe that is where the money is being made and the happiness factor is the highest
  3. Another commonality among the "happiest jobs"--a lot involve blue color jobs and quite a few involve some sort of IT/technology background.
  4. 3 of the 7 most unhappy professions are in law. Again, why are people going to law school? 
  5. It's not just law school that seems to be a mistake, 60% of the most unhappy professions usually require some sort of post-college degree. So while you're sitting in loads of debt, you're also miserable at your job? Pass!
  6. I still think the best job ever was Tom Hanks in BIG testing toys:

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