Time magazine's current issue features a special report called, America by The Numbers.
"On the Job. Those few at the top can buy anything. Except, maybe, happiness.
Americans work more than they sleep. We also get - and take- less vacation than any other Western nation. but we are a remarkably satisfied lot: 9 out of 10 Americans say they are moderately or very satisfied with their job - a number that hasn't changed much in 35 years. So what jobs make us happy? ... For the most part, happiness isn't about money. Priests and firefighters are the most joyful, and they're pretty close to the middle of U.S. earners."
Isn't it interesting that priests and firefighters are the occupations with the happiest people in the profession? I thought it might have to do with the good feeling of being able to help others so directly and profoundly just doing what you do. Then I realized that they are both fields with virtually no women in them. What blessed relief that must be.
P.S. In case you are interested, here are the top ten and bottom ten jobs according to this Time magazine's "happiness index."
3. Reservation and ticket agents
6. Industrial engineers
8. Construction supply sales
10. Police officers
10. Dry Cleaners
9. Auto-body repairers
8. Food preparers
6. Amusement Park attendants
5. Welfare service aides
4. Construction wokers
3. Molding-machine operators
1. Gas-station attendants