May 1, 2014

We spend a lot of time at work which means that it’s in our best interest to like what we do and where we do it.  Sometimes, we end up having to do a job in order to pay the bills but, other times, we knowingly set out to work in a certain industry, unaware of the level of satisfaction among workers in that field.

There’s a great site called Career Bliss that allows you to search for work using their Cultural Job Search Engine in order to locate open positions that are most aligned with what you value most.  They are also known for their annual survey listing the happiest and unhappiest industries and jobs. They base their findings on how satisfied employees are with the person they work for, the people they work with, the work setting, level of support, rewards, growth opportunities, company culture and the way they work.

Happiest Jobs for 2014

1. Database Administrator
2. QA Engineer
3. Executive Recruiter
4. Underwriter
5. Executive Assistant
6. Software Developer
7. Designer
8. Program Manager
9. Engineer
10. Administrative Assistant

Unhappiest Jobs for 2014

10. Machine Operator
9. Sales Manager
8. Marketing Manager
7. Technical Support Representative
6. Sales Executive
5. General Manager
4. Customer Service Representative
3. Accountant
2. Bank Branch Manager
1. Security Officer

Do you work in any of those positions? Does this seem like a fair representation based on your experience?  It was a little surprising to see Administrative Assistant among the happiest jobs and equally surprising to see Bank Branch Manager ranked so poorly.

Of course, rather than searching for specific job titles, you could simply look for work at one of the highest ranked companies in America. Here are the 50 Happiest Companies based on the results of the survey:

  1. Pfizer
  2. Kaiser Permanente
  3. Texas Instruments
  4. EMC
  5. Qualcomm
  6. KBR
  7. Bristol-Myers Squibb
  8. General Electric
  9. Capital One
  10. Avaya
  11. Siemens
  12. Cognizant
  13. Intel
  14. Apple
  15. Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
  16. Fidelity Investments
  17. Allstate
  18. Nokia
  19. Prudential
  20. FedEx
  21. Google
  22. Oracle
  23. Accenture
  24. Philips Electronics
  25. CBS
  26. Microsoft
  27. SAIC
  28. Hilton Worldwide
  29. Adecco
  30. Boeing
  31. Honeywell
  32. Wells Fargo
  33. Dell
  34. Farmers
  35. General Dynamics
  36. Sprint
  37. IBM
  38. Hewlett-Packard
  39. Blue Cross Blue Shield
  40. Time Warner Cable
  41. Verizon
  42. Comcast
  43. L-3
  44. AT&T
  45. UPS
  46. Robert Half
  47. Target
  48. Starbucks
  49. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  50. Deloitte
  51. It’s interesting because, although, there are many technology-heavy companies on this list such as Texas Instruments, Nokia and Google, there are also other industries well represented such as insurance and hospitality. With the inclusion of Target, Starbucks and Enterprise Rent-A-Car at the end, there really is an eclectic mix of workplaces to choose from.

No matter what any list says, however, what matters most is that you are pursuing your own dreams and interests and finding happiness. Don’t be afraid to go after what you want and deserve – you won’t know until you try!