Happiest and Unhappiest Jobs in America 2012

Posted May 14, 2012

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Looking for a job that will bring a smile to your face? Take a look at the CareerBliss Happiest and Unhappiest Jobs in America 2012. We delved into our happiness data to determine which jobs have workers singing a sweet tune, and which ones have them singing the blues.

Happiest Jobs in America

RankJob TitleBliss RatingAverage SalaryAll Available Jobs
1Software Quality Assurance Engineer4.245$66,403View Jobs (75556)
2Executive Chef4.152$58,735View Jobs (3338)
3Property Manager4.147$49,034View Jobs (39914)
4Teller4.137$26,928View Jobs (28394)
5Warehouse Manager4.125$48,844View Jobs (18417)
6Administrative Assistant4.114$34,872View Jobs (29376)
7Customer Service Representative4.062$31,811View Jobs (133089)
8Accountant4.049$47,931View Jobs (42531)
9System Engineer4.015$68,747View Jobs (156693)
10Construction Manager4.011$89,267View Jobs (30444)
11Human Resources Manager4.008$67,997View Jobs (80835)
12Field Service Technician4.008$45,062View Jobs (21817)
13Process Engineer4.007$65,975View Jobs (76056)
14Financial Analyst3.988$57,818View Jobs (60445)
15Software Engineer3.967$69,691View Jobs (113652)
16Director of Operations3.964$86,296View Jobs (55577)
17Loan Officer3.958$56,627View Jobs (9429)
18Electrician3.951$46,126View Jobs (5420)
19Machine Operator3.945$31,156View Jobs (8574)
20System Administrator3.933$59,226View Jobs (90931)

Unhappiest Jobs in America

RankJob TitleBliss RatingAverage SalaryGot one of these unhappiest jobs?
1Security Officer3.510$29,641Find a happier career
2Registered Nurse3.549$60,857Find a happier career
3Teacher3.595$43,663Find a happier career
4Sales Engineer3.636$71,283Find a happier career
5Product Manager3.648$81,865Find a happier career
6Program Manager3.655$94,371Find a happier career
7Marketing Manager3.667$64,437Find a happier career
8Director of Sales3.677$91,821Find a happier career
9Marketing Director3.688$68,873Find a happier career
10Maintenance Supervisor3.691$52,799Find a happier career

Methodology - May 2012

The CareerBliss data evaluates the key factors which affect work happiness, including: work-life balance, one's relationship with their boss and co-workers, their work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, their daily tasks, and job control over the work that they do on a daily basis. The data accounts for how an employee values each factor as well as how important that factor is to the employee's overall happiness. Each review is given an average score indicating where the company places between one and ten. All assessments are derived from April 2011 – April 2012 employee generated reviews. The CareerBliss data also analyzed job opportunities at companies that require military experience, ranking the top 10 companies with the highest number of job openings and highest bliss rating.

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The CareerBliss Team

CareerBliss cares about your career happiness. That's why we offer a variety of great tools and resources to help you make better-informed career decisions. We believe that if you're happier at work, you'll be happier in life! Check out company reviews, salary information, career advice and, of course, millions of jobs on CareerBliss and choose happy today!

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