The 5 Most Satisfying Careers in the US

The 5 Most Satisfying Careers in the US

Are you happy in your job? Chances are, probably not. While job satisfaction in the US is at a ten-year high, still less than half of workers (49.6 percent) say they’re happy at work.

Will that change when president-elect Trump takes power next year, vowing to make America great again? Who knows. Job satisfaction – all over the world, not just here in America – has rarely been sky-high. ‘All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind,” said Aristotle. Perhaps, but maybe there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Changing career, going into something new and rewarding, can radically improve one’s well-being in the workplace. But how should you go about it, and which careers will make you the happiest?


Most satisfying careers in America

Sokanu, the career discovery platform designed to help people find their ideal career based on their personality traits, interests, and abilities, has published a definitive list of the happiest careers in America, drawing on data from more than 250,000 workers across more than 250 career paths.

The most satisfying careers are revealed to be:

  • Film director
  • Athlete
  • DJ
  • Choreographer
  • Video game designer

And, if you’re interested, the least satisfying careers are:


  • Debt collector
  • Postal clerk
  • Janitor
  • Lab technician
  • Telemarketer

Thinking about launching yourself into one of these exciting new careers? Here’s how to go about it.

1. How to be a film director

Becoming a film director won’t be easy, but it’s certainly possible. The classic way to start is to go to film school – there are tonnes in the US. But lots of filmmakers have made it without going to college – some bought ratchety video cameras and did their own thing, others got placements or started as runners for production firms. As long as you’ve got the ideas, go for it.

2. How to be an athlete

The first step is to find a sport that interests you. Then you learn the game and you practice till you are the best at it


Elite athletes tend to start from a young age. If you’re a little older, consider joining a local sports club, building up your experience before competing in national events. The oldest-ever Olympian was 72, so don’t be put off!

3. How to be a DJ

Now this is a little easier. Launching a career as a DJ is fairly simple – all you need is some basic equipment, a good knowledge of music and, if possible, some connections with clubs and bars near you. Start small, playing for family and friends at parties and doing short stints in your area, before moving into the bigger leagues. Well-known DJs tend to be propelled by a large following and a strong social media presence.

4. How to be a choreographer

Always wanted to tell stories through dance? Most choreographers start off as dancers themselves, before moving into an assistant choreographer role. While there are plenty of choreography courses you can take, consider joining a local dance club to learn the ropes from the inside.


5. How to be a video game designer

Video game design is an emerging industry and looks set to employ millions of people across the world within a few years, if not already. Many designers start off by studying for a degree in game design or a related field. But you could see if any companies are offering placements and internships and start from there.


Choosing a career is a very important step. Career satisfaction is a result of matching your core strength, skills, personality, and expectations. You can have one career in mind, but it might not be the best fit for you.

When choosing a career path, it’s essential to consider such factors as personality fit, skills set, interest and working environment.


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