The 5 Happiest Professions on the Planet

We all know that salary, health care, and retirement packages aren’t the only job benefits that matter. Job satisfaction is a large contributor to your overall happiness and should be an important factor in all your career decisions. To learn more about how you can reach this level of happiness in your own career, read about the 5 happiest professions on the planet according to a study by the University of Chicago called Job Satisfaction in the United States.

  1. Clergy: Members of the clergy conduct religious worship and perform spiritual functions related to the beliefs of religious faiths and denominations.
  2. Very happy: 67.2%

    Median salary*: $44,102

  3. Firefighters: Firefighters control and extinguish fires, conduct rescue efforts, and protect life and property.
  4. Very happy: 57.2%

    Median salary: $45,553

  5. Travel Agents: Travel agents plan and sell transportation and accommodations for their customers.
  6. Very happy: 56.5%

    Median hourly rate (travel agents): $14.23

  7. Architects: Architects plan and design private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.
  8. Very happy: 53.5%

    Median salary: $54,079

  9. Special education teachers Special Ed Teachers work handicapped students and often teach all subjects.
  10. Very happy: 52.6%

    Median salary (preschool, kindergarten or elementary school): $41,344

    Median salary (secondary school): $43,060

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