happiest and unhappiest jobs: survey

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Interesting study from the University of Chicago:

The happiest jobs in descending order:

Clergy (including Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths), firefighters, physical therapists, authors, special education teachers, teachers, painters, sculptors (!)

Certainly, the clergy would stand out in terms of supporting individuals and collective society, but also in terms of philanthropic pursuits. I watched an inspiring segment on Oprah Winfrey recently, who became the first Caucasian Western woman to voluntarily become a geisha in Japan. In the post-911 order, the clergy have a decidedly significant role to play, in order to inspire, motivate and console individuals.

Now for the unhappiest jobs (in same order):
labourers, food preparers, salespeople, roofers, bartenders.

In the grand scheme of things, bartenders are sometimes given short shrift in North American society. More often than not, they serve as small "c" counsellors, therapists and psychologists, behind the bar. Many choose this difficult occupation for financial sustenance, if not ultimate survival, when laden with a significant student loan and post-secondary education to add to their career portfolio.

Now tell me your stories. Do you agree?

For a limited time, I will give one FREE copy of my new ebook, How to find a job using social media, to the best "happy job" story and another FREE copy of my ebook for the best "unhappy story."

Melissa Martin
bilingual career coach
http://www.careercoachingbyphone.com/

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