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让人快乐顺心的五大职业

Martha C. White 2016年03月07日

如果你在当前岗位做的不开心,不妨想想,在你所在的领域当中,有没有其他工作可以给你更多自主权,让你更加满意。

对于热爱动物的人士来说,专业熊猫拥抱者或许最接近梦想工作的标准。但即便你从事的是朝九晚五的工作,而不是天天拥抱毛茸茸的熊猫宝宝,其中有一些职业也能够给你带来意想不到的快乐,而且让你快乐的原因或许出乎你的意料。

多年来,招聘网站CareerBliss一直在进行工作快乐程度排名;其最近的一项调查评选出了下面几份最令人快乐的工作:

1) 校长

如果你小时候经常被“请”到校长办公室去,那么,每天在这样的地方工作听起来或许不太有吸引力。但在CareerBliss网站上给工作评级的职业人士,却对这份工作给予了高度赞扬。在评价中,校长们赞扬了同事之间家人般的关系,支持性的环境,以及因为知道自己正在帮助下一代美国人奠定学术基础而产生的满足感。

2) 厨师长

关于这个份工作的满意度秘诀,CareerBliss指出,这份工作有许多可取之处,虽然它有严苛的时间要求,而且工作环境有时候就像是压力锅一样。厨师的收入并不高;CareerBliss统计的平均年收入约为58,000美元,比美国工作人口全国平均水平低约5%。然而这份工作收入方面的不足,却在自主性方面得到了补偿。CareerBliss的评价中曾多次提到这一点。如果你希望能自由创作,负责执行一个愿景,并且想要平衡对管理的热诚和艺术潜能,这份工作绝对是最佳选择。

3) 信贷主管

这份工作听起来似乎并不能带来巨大的满意度,但仔细研究你会发现,这份工作的许多特性,让其稳居第三位。该领域通常工作时间较长,而且竞争激烈,但通过权衡得失,许多人认为这些付出是值得的:该领域通常采取基于佣金的薪酬结构,因此,只要愿意努力,人们很快便可以得到回报。此外,这份工作也充分体现了平等主义:它可以为没有出色学历的从业者,提供上升通道和增加收入的机会。

4) 自动化工程师

这份工作需要软件技能,如软件开发和编程等,但通过CareerBliss参与讨论的从业者表示,对于这个职业,他们还有更深层次的体会。他们尤其重视有机会亲眼看到自己的工作如何帮助其他人解决问题,特别是将沉闷的程序实现自动化的时候。与之相反,许多科技类工作通常在相对真空的环境下进行,与最终用户完全脱节。

5) 研究助理

这份工作很受学生和有学生心态的各年龄段人群的喜欢,因此排在了第五位。喜欢学习新事物的人们发现这份工作特别令人满足;实时观测实验结果逐渐揭晓,可以带来满意度,这种满足感似乎足以弥补相对较低的薪酬(平均每年30,000美元)。此外,实验室的组织结构也赋予了这份工作大量的自主权;没错,你确实需要完成任务,但不会有人一直在监督你。

此外,对于许多人来说,帮助他人是工作幸福度的一个重要组成部分。职业咨询网站The Grindstone曾评选出最令人满意的五个职业,其中四个职业——牧师、消防员、理疗师和特殊教育教师,均涉及为有需求的人们提供直接协助。

毋庸置疑,这些工作都各不相同,而且到底什么才是让你最快乐的工作,并没有什么魔法公式。但你或许会发现,上面这些工作都有一个共同点:都授予了一定的工作自主权和主人翁感。所以,如果你在当前岗位做的不开心,不妨想想,在你所在的领域当中,有没有其他工作可以给你更多自主权,让你更加满意。(财富中文网)

译者:刘进龙/汪皓

Sure, being a professional panda-hugger might be the closest thing to a dream job out there—for animal lovers, anyway. But even if your 9-to-5 doesn’t involve snuggling fuzzy baby pandas, there are some other careers that pack a surprising amount of happiness into the average workday—and for reasons you might not always expect.

CareerBliss, which has been ranking the happiness quotient of jobs for several years; here are the top jobs as determined by its most recent survey:

1) School principal

If you got sent to the principal’s office a lot as a kid, going to work in one every day might not sound very appealing. But the professionals who ranked their jobs on CareerBliss’s site had glowing things to say about the gig. In testimonials, principals wrote glowingly about family-like bonds between colleagues, a supportive environment, and satisfaction of knowing that they’re helping the next generation of Americans build an academic foundation.

2) Executive chef

When it comes to cooking up a recipe for job satisfaction, CareerBliss pointed out that this job has a lot going for it, in spite of demanding hours and an atmosphere that can sometimes resemble a pressure-cooker. Chefs don’t earn a ton of money; CareerBliss puts the average annual pay at around $58,000, about 5% lower than the national average for working Americans. But what the job lacks in dollars it makes up for in autonomy, a point that comes up over and over again in CareerBliss’s testimonials. For the worker who wants the freedom to create and take charge of executing a vision, and who wants to balance a zeal for management with an artistic streak, this job that takes the cake.

3) Loan officer

It might not sound like a job that would deliver tremendous satisfaction, but when you look a little closer, there are attributes that bump it up to third place. Long hours and a competitive environment come with the territory, but the trade-offs are worth it for many: With commission-based compensation structures common, people willing to put in the effort don’t have to wait long for their reward. The job is also fairly egalitarian: It gives workers who might not have a fancy degree an opportunity to move up the corporate ladder (and income scale).

4) Automation engineer

Software skills like development and coding come into play here, but the workers who weighed in via CareerBliss say they got to something deeper about the job. In particular, they value getting a real-world view of how their work helps out other people, especially when they automate tedious processes. Many tech jobs, by contrast, are carried out in a relative vacuum, disconnected from the end-user.

5) Research assistant

This gig is popular with students and students-at-heart of all ages, and rounds out the top five. People who enjoy learning new things find it especially fulfilling; and watching the results of experiments unfold in real time provides a degree of satisfaction that seems to compensate for the relatively low pay ($30,000 a year, on average). The lab structure also confers a good deal of autonomy at work; yes, tasks have to be done, but there won’t be someone looking over your shoulder constantly.

It turns out helping people is an important component of on-the-job happiness for many people. When career advice website The Grindstone looked for the most satisfying jobs, four out of the top five—clergy, firefighter, physical therapist, and special education teacher—all involve providing direct assistance to people in need.

Needless to say, these jobs are very, very different, and there’s no magic formula for what job will make people happiest. But you might notice that those above have one thing in common: All confer a degree of autonomy and ownership of the work. So if you’re not happy in your current role, consider whether another job in your field—one that lets you take more matters into your own hands—might be more satisfying.

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