I couldn’t resist commenting on this article that recently listed the top “happiest” jobs in America. As a long time career consultant and counselor I have yet to see a “happy” job. More often I see happy or unhappy people regardless of the type of job their in. Remember the story about the people who work in the fish markets in Seattle? They are cited as some of the happiest workers in America. I noticed fish processing didn’t make the list of top “happiest” jobs. My concern about lists and articles like these are that job seekers, in the throes of a long search or a difficult work situation sometimes grasp for any quick fix to end their pain. I would hate for them to suddenly change focus and direction and pursue these jobs in search of happiness.
It is a good time to remind people that happiness is found from within. Knowing and understanding what makes you happy is paramount. This includes selecting and pursuing a job that doesn’t require you to compromise on the things that make you happy and staying true to that. That is where the “happiest” jobs can be found.