Whether you are new to the job market or want to change direction, it’s possible to find a career that is personally satisfying and financially gainful. Just because it’s called “work” doesn’t mean you can’t be content and happy with your chosen field. After all, work is not work when you enjoy it.
PayScale conducted a survey to unveil the occupations with the best combination of meaning, salary, satisfaction and lack of stress.
What do these jobs have in common? We found that the top 10 jobs with the greatest satisfaction share the following commonalities:
- Creative or artistic self-expression. Fundamentally, we all want to share our thoughts and ideas. Whether your talents are expressed via a song lyric or other medium, a satisfying job will allow your voice to be heard.
- Discovery and exploration. The more you face new problems to solve or new information to discover, and the less monotony you have in your daily grind, the more likely you’ll be excited to go to work each day.
- Freedom and flexibility. If you’re the boss and/or you have some control over what you do and when you do it, you’re more likely to be content.
- Contributing to society and giving back. Feeling that your job helps you to contribute to a greater good or to your community allows you to have a positive impact on the lives of others.
Explore the infographic below to discover what PayScale found to be the top 10 jobs with the greatest satisfaction traits:
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