Forbes Released 2016’s Happiest And Unhappiest Jobs, And The Results Will Depress You

Forbes Released 2016's Happiest And Unhappiest Jobs, And The Results Will Depress You

If you’re skipping into work Monday mornings with a smile on your face, we’d probably all agree that there’s something seriously wrong with you and that perhaps you need to dial down your Prozac prescription. However, even though work doesn’t compare to the three-month vacation your teacher friends are currently taking, it’s clear that some of us enjoy our work more than others. Sure, work is work, but at the end of the day, the less you hate yourself, the better your life is going to be.

Thanks to data compiled by CareerBliss, Forbes was able to release the happiest and unhappiest jobs of 2016. This data isn’t only determined by salary (although, of course, that played a role) since overdrafting in the Starbucks drive-thru line is one of the worst ways I can think of to begin your morning. The data that was used to make these determinations also included how well you get along with your coworkers, your office environment, and how much autonomy you have in setting your schedule and making decisions. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Unhappiest Jobs of 2016
9. Service Technician
8. Machine Operator
7. Sales
6. Guard
5. Driver
4. Cashier
3. Merchandiser
2. Security Officer
1. Sales Account Manager

Essentially, if you’re working nights as an Uber driver to supplement your income from working the cash register at Walgreens, it’s time to update your resume, because nothing should make you that unhappy. Unsurprisingly, customer service roles that involve interacting with the public dominate this list, so if you don’t have a desk job where you can quietly surf Post Grad Problems during your down time, it might be time to start filling out applications. But what jobs should you actually look for that won’t make you just as miserable? The good news is that Forbes has answers for you. The bad news is that you may have to work on your qualifications in order to get there.

Happiest Jobs of 2016
10. COO
9. Software QA Engineer
8. Lead Developer
7. Lead Engineer
6. CTO
5. Android Developer
4. Senior Java Developer
3. Research Assistant
2. Full Stack Developer
1. Recruiter

Okay, so unfortunately, unless you have crazy technology skills or 20+ years of experience, you’re most likely not qualified for any of these jobs. The exceptions on this list are research assistant and recruiter, which shouldn’t require much more than your standard bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of experience. You may not be raking in the cash in either of these positions, but it may be worth putting your Hulu subscription on hold so you don’t cry yourself to sleep at night. On the bright side, if you start sharpening your leadership and tech skills now, you may be eligible for one of these other, higher-paying positions down the road. Although the silver lining may be several years away, it’s always fun to fantasize about the day when picking up the tab for your squad’s bottomless mimosas won’t break the bank. So get back to work, start learning some new skills, and look forward to better days to come.

[via Forbes]

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Steph W.

Steph W. is a new Master's degree graduate with an intern's salary and six-figure taste. She realizes her expectations far exceed reality, so she spends her days pinning away Loubs she pretends are in her physical closet instead of her virtual one. Her hobbies include attempting to trapping her boyfriend into marriage before he finds out how insane she is and pretending that Black Box wine tastes as good as the kind she could afford when she was gainfully employed. Send her tips for getting out of student debt at

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