Sunday may be a fun day, at least according to The Bangles, but by the time the evening rolls around, most Americans aren’t feeling too cheerful. Three-quarters of people in the U.S. report experiencing “really bad” Sunday night blues, according to a 2015 survey by Monster.com. Anxiety or depression about the coming work week runs high among workers, which isn’t surprising when you consider that many people aren’t too happy with their jobs.
Only half of employees in the U.S. reported being satisfied with their jobs in 2016, according to the Conference Board’s annual job satisfaction survey. That’s an improvement over recent years, but it still means that 50% of people are less than thrilled about dragging themselves to work in the morning.
What’s the secret of the half of Americans who are happy at work? A recent LinkedIn survey offers some insight. The professional networking site asked more than 1,000 workers in the U.S. about their overall level of job satisfaction. They also asked about the factors that contributed to them feeling happy at work.
The most fulfilled workers lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, followed by Boston, Indianapolis, New York City, and Denver. Chefs were the most satisfied in their career choice, with 84% saying they felt completely or very fulfilled at work. Real estate agents took second place as far as job satisfaction, with 75% saying they were fulfilled. Doctor, IT consultant, and architect rounded out the top five list of fulfilling careers.
LinkedIn’s Work Satisfaction Survey also probed what specific factors influenced a person’s overall feeling of job fulfillment. Whether you’re a chef or an architect, the most fulfilling careers share the following five characteristics.