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The Truth Behind The “Happiest” Careers.

April 1, 2011

How happy are you at work? Do you wake up in the morning feeling good or does your alarm clock look like it should take out a restraining order out against you? According to an article from Forbes.com, if you work for any of the following industries you should be beaming: Customer Service, Education, Administrative/Clerical work, Accounting and Non-Profit Social Services. They are among the 10 happiest careers in America. Hmmm, I wonder if Barney was a correspondent on this article because let’s be real people, those are some of the un-happiest careers. When was the last time you called customer service and reached someone, in the United States, who was pleasant and helpful? According to Forbes, “Customer service employees are the happiest of all employees surveyed in terms of the amount of control they feel they have over their work.” Seriously? So despite the rude interactions, the hang-ups and the general disdain for telemarketers, they still rank as the happiest. I’m going to go with no on this one. Do I even need to touch on education? With all the threats of job cutbacks and the already over-crowded classrooms, I think we can pretty much guess how happy teachers are.

I wonder if Forbes made a mistake and forgot the “un” before happy. Take administrative work for example, Forbes said “Think your administrative assistant hates her job? Just the opposite. Support staff feels good about their daily tasks, (there is) employment growth in this large occupation.” Here is some breaking news, most of the time your administrative assistant does hate you. She probably went to college and due to this economy and her appearance in a skirt, is stuck running your errands and processing your reports at the entry-level when she is really qualified for much more. The reason why there is so much growth in this field is because nine times out of ten, that’s all people can get. It’s hard to get into a company at a higher level, especially with the current employment rates. Now for my favorite career, accounting. As a numbers aficionado, I fortunately do not hate my job or am unhappy. HOWEVER, there are times where numbers can drive you to the point of madness. There are times when I’ve been known to look as if I haven’t seen the sun in days and even speak in numbers. Accuracy is key and sometimes it takes a lot of scrap paper and head scratching to get there. Forbes said that non-profit social services rank as happiest because, “doing good feels good.” I think that quote takes care if itself. Nuff said.

I think what Forbes wanted to portray was how workers in these fields should feel. Helping others and assisting in maintaining control at a company can give a sense of satisfaction, but when you look at the reality of the situation, it isn’t all roses. What do you think of Forbes take on the happiest jobs in America? Are they right on or beyond wrong? We would love to hear your thoughts at GAI (www.gunwel.com) Let us help bring a smile to your face by filing your 2010 taxes. We can guarantee you accuracy and help to get you the biggest return you are eligible for, now that makes me happy! Give us a call at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit. We are open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturdays 8am-5pm.

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