What’s the Happiest (and Unhappiest) Job in America?


Close your eyes and imagine your ideal job. What do you want to be: an astronaut? A travel writer? A rock star? How about a real estate agent?

If the thought of buying and selling properties doesn’t sound quite as appealing, consider this: Real estate agents actually have the happiest job in America, according to a CareerBliss.com survey reported by Forbes.

The survey collected reviews from 65,000 employees in 2012, and asked each participant to rate their job based on ten workplace happiness factors. Workers’ satisfaction with their relationship with their boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and control over their day-to-day duties were all measured.

High scores on these factors, plus a housing market that’s getting back on its feet, put real estate agents (who Forbes says make an average of $51,170 per year) on top of the list. The happiest jobs also included senior sales representative and construction superintendent.

Here are the top five happiest jobs
 (for the full list, head over to Forbes):

1. Real estate agent
2. Senior quality assurance engineer
3. Seniors sales representative
4. Construction superintendant
5. Senior application developer