Ok, no nobody really *likes* to work. Even if you like your job, there are some days that you’d rather just sleep in or not have to jump through hoops or deal with your boss’ same old TPS-report complaints. A recent survey (2006 General Social Survey) of 27,000 random Americans noted that less than 1/2 of Americans are satisfied with their jobs, with the trend being greatest for the under-25 crowd and weakest for the 55+ group. Seems about right, as most of the jobs you have when you’re young are awful, and at 55 years old you’ve got retirement on the horizon.
Twenty years ago, the first time the survey was conducted, 61 percent of all Americans said they were satisfied with their jobs, according to the representative survey of 5,000 U.S. households, said Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board’s Consumer Research Center.
“Although a certain amount of dissatisfaction with one’s job is to be expected, the breadth of dissatisfaction is somewhat unsettling, since it carries over from what attracts employees to a job to what keeps them motivated and productive on the job,” Franco said.
Money rarely buys happiness but it can buy job satisfaction–people making under $15,000 per year reported the lowest satisfaction while those making more than $50,000 per year said they were the most satisfied.
There also seemed to be a geographic/regional effect: people in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania reported higher dissatisfaction rates. Residents in less populous states reported higher satisfaction.
Here are the ‘most satisfying jobs,’ as reported:
Here are the Top 10 most gratifying jobs and the percentage of subjects who said they were very satisfied with the job: (% satisfied)
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