Wednesday, May 1, 2013

LOVE YOUR JOB? (Some Lawyers Apparently Do Not)

As an injury lawyer I help injured folks who have all kinds of jobs. Hearing about their different businesses is interesting.

Every year, a survey tries to gauge just who has the Happiest Job in America. The survey evaluates the key factors like 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.

In 2012, according to CareerBliss, some top picks were: Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Executive Chef, Property Manager, Teller, Warehouse Manager and Administrative Assistant.        

2013 saw some changes, with the addition of Real Estate Agent, Senior Sales Representative, Construction Superintendent, Senior Application Developer, Network Engineer and Assistant Controller.

What about the other end of the list? 

Who has the Unhappiest Jobs in America? In 2012, it was Security Officer, Registered Nurse, Teacher, Sales Engineer, Product Manager, Program Manager, Marketing Manager, Director of Sales, Marketing Director, and Maintenance Supervisor.

The Unhappiest Jobs in America in 2013 were Associate Attorney (even though average earnings were $111,000 per year), Customer Service Associate (getting paid little to be yelled at a lot), Clerk, and Pharmacy Tech.  Sadly, Registered Nurse and Teacher were again in the bottom ten.

We can look to another famous lawyer, no less than President Lincoln himself, for some sage advice:

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
― Abraham Lincoln

 “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
― Abraham Lincoln