Choosing a college major is no easy feat. Students strive to pick paths that will bring both money and happiness when they launch into the workforce--but there's no guarantee all high salary careers will be enjoyable, or that the top careers for job satisfaction pay well. This conflict begs a question about future careers: What is an intrinsic satisfaction on the job--earning good money, or being happy? Does making big bucks guarantee happiness?
Experts and workers say what is an intrinsic satisfaction on the job varies depending on the individual, but most agree money doesn't buy anyone happiness. For example, a student who's good at math and science may be well-suited for high salary careers such as computer engineering or electrical engineering. He might end up pursuing these paths because he knows he can succeed and make money, even though he'd prefer to pursue sociology, which pays less. Steve Rothberg, president and founder of CollegeRecruiter.com, a job board for students and recent graduates, says many young adults take this tack, forgetting to consider what jobs they'd like to do and what is an intrinsic satisfaction on the job for them.
"That is the piece I find missing from the job-search process most. People tend to think just because they’re good at something, they should be employed in that field. If you're good at numbers, be an accountant, right? No, not necessarily," Rothberg says. If you're good at numbers and enjoy writing software code, he suggests following that path instead of accounting.