How to find happiness at work

According to a recent Gallup poll, 2 out of 3 working Americans don’t feel engaged at work. Indeed, 17.2% feel “actively disengaged” at work.

So what’s the solution?

As CNBC notes, both promotions and raises are important to on-the-job happiness. But, ultimately, job satisfaction is rare.

“Road warning sign” (photo credit: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

As another CNBC article notes, the 15 best jobs in America are:

  1. Data Scientist
  2. DevOps Engineer
  3. Data Engineer
  4. Tax Manager
  5. Analytics Manager
  6. HR Manager
  7. Database Administrator
  8. Strategy Manager
  9. UX Designer
  10. Solutions Architect
  11. Marketing Manager
  12. Occupational Therapist
  13. Audit Manager
  14. Electrical Engineer
  15. Nurse Practitioner

All of these jobs come with a median base salary of $72,000 a year or more, which is key, because another Gallup survey has indicated that $75,000 a year is the “perfect” salary for achieving happiness.

But is work just about money? The Gallup poll suggests no, as most employees rate working with people they like higher than simply receiving a decent salary.

So what’s the real deal?

If you can find a job that pays well and involves working with people you like, you’ve hit the job jackpot!

Looking for a job that’ll fit the bill?

Check out our A to Z posts for some suggestions for cool jobs to fit your interests!