CareerBliss: Happiest and unhappiest jobs, 2012

CareerBliss, a career development and job-hunting site, lists its happiest and unhappiest occupations for 2012 (link here):

10 Happiest Jobs

1. Software quality assurance engineer

2. Executive chef

3. Property manager

4. Teller

5. Warehouse manager

6. Administrative assistant

7. Customer service representative

8. Accountant

9. System engineer

10. Construction manager


  • Glamour isn’t in! These are no-nonsense, white and blue collar occupations.
  • Multiple degrees aren’t in! While degrees and specialized training are useful for several of these jobs, many of them do not require years and years of educational hoop-jumping.
  • I never would’ve guessed number 11. Take a look!

10 Unhappiest Jobs

1. Security officer

2. Registered nurse

3. Teacher

4. Sales engineer

5. Product manager

6. Program manager

7. Marketing manager

8. Director of sales

9. Marketing director

10. Maintenance supervisor


  • The top three don’t surprise me at all, especially nursing and teaching.
  • There are a lot of sales and marketing positions on the list. I bet that the tough economy has something to do with this.
  • I’m a little surprised that lawyer and legal assistant do not appear on the list.


Vivian Giang, writing for Business Insider via Yahoo! Finance, reports that the survey findings are based on some 100,000 reviews by workers collected during 2011-12. Furthermore:

The ratings are based on key factors such as work-life balance, one’s relationship with their boss and co-workers, their work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and control over the work that they do daily.

It’s a well-rounded list of factors, encompassing the work itself as well as the general work environment.

2 responses

  1. Teaching is a joy, but the conditions most teachers work in are depressing. I loved the challenge of reaching difficult students, going the extra mile for my students, collaborating with other professionals, and the joy of watching all my students show cognitive, social, and emotional growth. The down-side has been administrators who violate the law – especially with regards to students with special needs, bosses who bully the staff, and regulations that hinder the education process but are promoted to “improve” education. The demands on a teachers time becomes greater with every passing year. These new duties and requirements take time away from more creative pursuits that would better serve the students.

  2. Thanks for this interesting post and the link to the Career Bliss site. I agree with everything Debra said above and it seems to apply to teachers at all levels.

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