Most People Happy at Work
Despite the Moaning, Vast Majority of Adults Are Happy at Work
Aug. 30, 2007 - Although most people are looking forward to a long weekend
away from work this time of year, a new survey shows the vast majority of
adults are actually happy with their jobs.
Since 1972, an average of about 86% of Americans say they’re satisfied with
the work they do and nearly half of them say they’re “very satisfied” with
their current job.
In contrast, only 4% say they are “very dissatisfied” with their work.
Researchers found job satisfaction increases with age with workers over the
age of 65 the most likely to be very satisfied at work (71%). Money doesn’t
hurt the chances of happiness at work either, with 68% of those making more
than $110,000 saying they’re very satisfied with their jobs.
“The most important factors contributing to more job satisfaction in
descending order of importance are holding a job with high prestige, being
older, being nonblack, and earning more from a job,” says researcher Tom W.
Smith, director of the General Social Survey at the National Opinion Center at
the University of Chicago, in a news release.
“Job satisfaction is especially high among those 65 and over because most
people working at that age are not those forced to still work due to financial
reasons, but those who choose to [do so] because they like their jobs.”
Who’s Happy at Work?
The study showed other factors related to job satisfaction include:
- Education. Only 45% of workers with a high school diploma were
satisfied with their careers, compared with 58% of those with post-graduate
- Prestige. Those in the least prestigious 10% of jobs, such as
unskilled manual labor and service occupations, were least likely to report job
- Race. 40% of blacks compared with 53% of whites were satisfied with
- Location. Workers in South Central states from Texas, Oklahoma,
Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee had the
highest rates of job satisfaction.