Who's The Happiest Of Them All?
According to the employment website CareerBliss.com, Americaâ€™s happiest workers in 2013 arenâ€™t rock stars, forest rangers, or golf pros.Â Real estate agent is the happiest job in the nation right now.
Thatâ€™s right. CareerBliss recently ranked the nationâ€™s top 10 â€œhappiest jobsâ€ based on more than 65,000 employee surveys taken in 2012. Americans in dozens of job categories and all parts of the country were quizzed on 10 matters that impact workplace satisfaction. Questions were asked about workplace relationships, atmosphere, advancement opportunities, and compensation. Employeesâ€™ answers were combined, averaged, and sorted by job category. Only job categories checked by more than 50 survey respondents were considered in the final rankings.Â
Real estate agents reported high satisfaction with their â€œlevel of autonomy,â€ and they are generally pleased with their bosses and colleagues. Nationally, real estate agents average just over $51,000 a year, but top agents in top markets can pull down over $100,000. Market forecasters now believe that 2013 will be a robust â€“ if not booming â€“ year for home sales. Interest rates still hover near all-time lows, and with shrinking housing inventories in most parts of the country, many homes are selling quickly and for very near the list prices. The housing market is good and expected to get better, so itâ€™s no puzzle why real estate agents are â€œthe happiestâ€ in 2013.
While being a real estate agent is one of todayâ€™s most rewarding careers, an agent will reap the highest rewards only if they are reliable, ethical, and committed to the best interests of their clients and community (like the agents at True Sarasota Real Estate). Some agents, of course, are only after the commissions, but agents who put their clients first will find the work more deeply and richly rewarding. The most successful agents diligently work to establish a solid reputation for reliability, ethics, and professionalism; to build a dependable client base and network of contacts; and to become a valued part of their communities.
Senior quality assurance engineers came in second in â€œhappiness,â€ according to CareerBliss, followed by senior sales rep, construction superintendant, and senior application developer. Heidi Golledge of CareerBliss told Forbes that the survey identifies workplace factors that managers can tweak to increase â€œhappiness levels.â€Â