Do you want a job that you love? That is likely to bring you satisfaction? Then you'll want to pursue the job that is most likely to bring you great satisfaction. Unfortunately, it won't bring you a paycheck.
Homemaker came out on top of life satisfaction survey conducted by LV Insurance company in the United Kingdom. Most of the people defined as homemakers were women-a stay at home mom. Here are the top five most satisfying jobs:
- 87.2 percent Homemakers
- 86.3 percent Hospitality and Events Management
- 84.4 percent Creative Arts and Design
- 83.9 percent Charity
- 83.7 percent Sport and Tourism.
Something that runs across all of these jobs is that the salaries aren't in the top percentile, but they all do focus on bringing others happiness. None of them a STEM jobs, which is the push we see today for careers today. And, of course, the homemakers have a whopping salary of zero.
So, what does bring the happiness if it's not money? Well, it looks like happiness comes from focusing on other people's happiness. As a homemaker, you're focused on making your family life better, even if the actual tasks of cleaning toilets is unpleasant. As a person in hospitality or event management, you make other people's parties and events go well. Creative arts is all about bringing joy, charity is about helping others, and sport and tourism are what makes the average person escaping from their day job feel excited.
In contrast, the jobs that are the least satisfying are:
- 70.8 percent Shop Workers
- 70 percent Civil Servants
- 67.4 percent Salesmen and Women
- 59.4 percent Police and Security Officers
- 53.8 percent Advertising and Public Relations
These jobs actually have quite about in common with the most satisfying jobs-it's about helping other people, but not in a way that brings joy like the satisfying jobs do.
How seriously should we take this survey? Well, it was 2000 people in the United Kingdom, which probably doesn't translate directly across to the other side of the Atlantic.
In fact, a survey by CareerBliss found a different set of jobs were most satisfying: Recruiters top the list, followed by Full Stack Developer, Research Assistant, Senior Java Developer, and Android Developer.
Clearly, there's no consistency, although I can't say whether homemaker was even an option on the CareerBliss survey. Nevertheless, it demonstrates that the way you do a survey can have a tremendous impact on its outcome.
Regardless, happiness can come from places other than paychecks. Consider that when you're planning your career.