Survey: Process Engineers Are Some of the Happiest Workers in the U.S.

Oct. 4, 2012
What makes you happy about your job? Comment here and let us know.

Are you happy in your job? Apparently you are, if you’re a process engineer or field technician.

CareerBliss, an online job site, compiled a list of the 20 happiest jobs based on analysis from more than 100,400 employee-generated reviews between February 2011 and January 2012. Tied for 9th place are process engineers and field service technicians with an index score of 4.01.

As reported on Forbes.com, CareerBliss chief executive, Heidi Golledge, said, “Since we tend to spend more waking hours working than doing anything else, our work happiness is a huge factor in our overall happiness. Nearly every person has a desire to feel valued and content, and a workplace or a career that provides that for its employees is key to not only happiness for the employees but the long-term success of the business.”

Surveyed employees were asked to rate 10 factors that affect workplace happiness, including one’s relationship with the boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and control over the work one does on a daily basis. The employees valued each factor on a five-point scale, and also indicated how important it was to their overall happiness at work.

 “We have also noticed that happiness definitely does not align with pay,” Golledge adds, “and once someone’s basic needs are met, the additional money on the job is a nice perk but is not what drives employee happiness.”

The happiest profession overall, with a score of 4.24, is software quality assurance engineer. Bank teller and warehouse manager round out the top five happiest jobs in America, with index scores of 4.14 and 4.13, respectively, according to CareerBliss.

 “The roles that we did not expect to see were teller, accountant and financial analyst,” Golledge says. “Even though all three of these positions ranked low on compensation, they all ranked very high on ‘the company you work for’ and ‘the people you work with.’ Clearly, working with likeminded folks who share a love for calculators and numbers drive their happiness.”

For process engineers, perhaps happiness comes from a combination of high technology and hands-on problem solving. What makes you happy about your job? Comment here and let us know.

Renee Robbins Bassett

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