If you happily get out of bed every morning for work, you're one
of the lucky ones — not everyone is satisfied with their current job.
These people feel stuck for a variety of reasons, including low pay,
irregular hours or the inability to move upward, says a report published by
The company identified the unhappiest jobs based on more
than 100,000 employee-generated reviews between February 2011 and January
The ratings are based on key factors such as work-life balance,
one's relationship with their boss and co-workers, their work environment, job
resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company
reputation, daily tasks, and control over the work that they do daily.
Here are the top 10 jobs that make workers' lives
1. Security Officer
Bliss Score: 3.510/5
"People might think that the work environment security guards often face, such
as working late hours alone at night, would be what contributes to unhappiness,"
Matt Miller, the chief technology officer at CareerBliss told Smith. "However,
our data shows that growth opportunities and lack of rewards in this field is
what affected the overall sentiment around this type of job. Work environment
scored relatively high."
Description: Guard, patrol, or
monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. The BLS
projected the growth of these jobs to be 18 percent through 2020.
2. Registered Nurse
Bliss Score: 3.595/5
"Nurses . . . have more issues with the culture of their workplaces, the people
they work with and the person they work for," Golledge
Description: Provide and coordinate patient care,
educate patients and the public about various health conditions. The BLS
projected the growth of these jobs to be 26 percent through 2020.
Bliss Score: 3.595/5
CareerBliss' chief executive Heidi Golledge told Smith: "CareerBliss
has found through our research that teachers appear to be quite happy with their
work and their co-workers. However, the rewards for their work, lack of support
and lack of opportunities to be promoted counteract many of the good parts of
Description: Prepare students for future
schooling and working by teaching them a variety of subjects. The BLS projected
the growth of grade school teaching jobs to be 17 percent through 2020.
4. Sales Engineer
Bliss Score: 3.636/5
Smith reports that these engineers don't appreciate the "lack of growth
opportunities, company's culture, compensation and
Description: Sell complex scientific and
technological products or services to businesses. They must have extensive
knowledge of the products’ parts and functions and must understand the
scientific processes that make these products work. The BLS projected the growth
of these jobs to be 14 percent through 2020.
Average salary: $81,865
Why: Smith says that these workers "voiced
unhappiness with the range of growth opportunities, compensation, company
culture and support."
Description: A blog describes
product managers as those who "conceive the idea; run with it for many months;
... gather, [develop], test, [go] through the painful exercise of bringing that
product to market, and then support it until it is made
6. Program Manager
Bliss Score: 3.655/5
Jacquelyn Smith at Forbes reports that "the unhappiest aspects of
[this] job are a lack of growth opportunities, the culture of the company they
work for and the surrounding workplace support
Description: Plan, coordinate, budget, and
supervise construction projects from early development to completion. The
program managers' responsibilities are finished when the product is delivered,
and they turn it over to the product managers.
Average salary: $64,437
Why: Thomas O. Davenport at TLNT.com
says: "With many organizations expecting managers to act as player-coaches, both
performing and overseeing work, their roles often become complex and
Description: Plan programs to generate
interest in a product or service. They work with art directors, sales agents,
and financial staff members.
8. Director of
Average salary: $91,821
Description: Set sales goals,
analyze data, and develop training programs for the organization’s sales
representatives. The BLS projected the growth of these jobs to be 12 percent
9. Marketing Director
Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate
marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and
services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential
10. Maintenance Supervisor
Why: Long hours and a lot of on-call schedules.
Description: Reviewing contracts to ascertain service,
machine, and workforce requirements; answering inquiries from potential
customers regarding methods, material, and price ranges; and preparing estimates
according to labor, material, and machine costs.
Source: CareerBliss and Bureau of