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The Cabinet Office has been looking at the relationship between different jobs and levels of life satisfaction

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26671221

In at 272 out of 274 we have "Debt, Rent and other cash collectors" the third most miserable and depressing job you could choose.

Strangely the BBC (BuyToLet Broadcasting Corporation) didn't highlight that one, focusing on publicans instead.

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nothing like that first job after you have been seriously constipated.

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Best 5 jobs:

(1) Clergy

(2) Chief executives and senior officials

(3) Managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture

(4) Company secretaries

(5) Quality assurance and regulatory professionals

others

(31) Dental practitioners

(111) Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors

(168) Chartered surveyors

Worst 5 jobs:

(270) Floorers and wall tilers

(271) Industrial cleaning process occupations

(272) Debt, rent and other cash collectors

(273) Elementary construction occupations

(274) Publicans and managers of licensed premises

Now there's one other statistic that doesn't quite marry up with this

Dentists are 5.45 times more likely to commit suicide than average

http://www.businessinsider.com/jobs-commit-suicide-2010-10?op=1

So that means dentists are in the top 10% for being happy in their work but still commit suicide!!

These surveys can't both be right

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So that means dentists are in the top 10% for being happy in their work but still commit suicide!!

These surveys can't both be right

Might not be to do with work. Maybe it's the sort of people who become dentists. A couple of school acquaintances became dentists and they were both miserable, mean tw@ts. Although most of my own dentists have been lovely. So that's clearly not scientific.

Edited by oldsport

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Overheard on a train once:

"I hate being a ***ing debt collector. Makes me feel like a right ****ing ars*h*l*".

I half-expected to find that the jobs near the top of the list would be 9-5s and all the ones near the bottom would involve "flexible hours" but it doesn't quite bear out like that.

Edited by DTMark

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I'm guessing his job satisfaction will be at smug level 10. Getting paid to feck up is an epic talent.

I wonder what charity shop he uses to donate his old suits? ;)

Did it mention voluntary work or does that not count?

Edited by winkie

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I think you have to have the right mindset to be an Executioner. (they're all unemployed in this country now)

Psychopaths only need apply.

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This list would benefit from some kind of adjustment for pay levels so we can tease out the component of job happiness that comes from the nature of the work and the component coming from the money.

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The thing about salary differences is that one group will affect another, there is a lot of research that shows inequality breeds unhappiness and bad health and this affects people at both the top and bottom of the scale.

Also correlation and causation... just because an occupation attracts people with a happy disposition doesnt mean switching to that career would make someone happier

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