Here Are the ‘Happiest’ Careers in 2023

With all the talk of ‘quiet quitting’ and ‘resenteeism’, it be surprising to learn that there are people who are happy with their careers.

With all the talk of ‘quiet quitting’ and ‘resenteeism’, it might be surprising to learn that there are actually people who are happy with their careers.

It’s plain to see that plenty of people in the workplace still looking for an answer about what makes them truly happy. Not all careers come with the same compensation, quality of life, or flexibility. 

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The average millennial has already worked as many jobs as most people in their fifties have over the course of their entire career, according to a survey of 2,000 adults commissioned by distance learning provider Open Study College.

Dissatisfaction at the workplace has spawned its own terminology, such as “quiet quitting”, where employees put in a minimal amount of effort just to get through the workday.

“Resenteeism” refers to staying in a job that does not work, but not doing anything to change it, while “rage applying” describes spontaneously sending in resumes or applications to new jobs after a stressful day at the current one.

There can also be serious health implications related to job dissatisfaction.

Workers in their 20s and 30s who are unsatisfied with their jobs may experience physical and mental health problems by the time they reach their 40s, according to a 2016 study from Ohio State University.

Some Workers Are Pretty Happy, Though

Yet there are people who are really happy at their jobs and the research outlet StudyFinds has come up a list of the happiest workers.

Physical therapists made the top of the list, with one study finding that 90% of physical therapists felt their job held high meaning. Roughly four in 5 physical therapists surveyed reported high professional satisfaction.Firefighters were among the happiest workers. While it can certainly be dangerous, it can also be rewarding. And working in close quarters in risky situations creates strong bonds among firefighters. Teachers report being happy with their jobs, despite challenges with funding and classroom conditions.  Teaching is way to directly impact the lives of others, often starting in the early years.Teaching assistants are responsible for many of the same duties as teachers and is often the preliminary path into becoming a teacher. They often rated their job satisfaction as some of the best, despite the position not having the best salary. Quality assurance analysts rated high in workplace satisfaction. They tend to be good problem solvers and have great attention to details. They also get the chance to work with colleagues and bosses with independence.

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