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The 3 Happiest Jobs in America

Happy people, generally speaking, are people who love their jobs. Either that, or they're independently wealthy. But assuming that your lottery ticket doesn't hit this week, your next best bet is to try to build your career in one of the professions with the most satisfied people in it.

Forbes recently compiled a list of the happiest (and unhappiest) jobs in the country, using survey from CareerBliss based on 62,000 employee reviews. These were the three most cheerful roles:

1. Real Estate Agent

"Real estate agents have definitely weathered quite a financial storm over the past few years but right now rates are between 2% and 3% and inventory is low, making it a real estate agent's dream as new homes hit the market and are getting multiple offers in the first week," says Heidi Golledge, chief executive of CareerBliss, in an interview with Forbes. "Right now, it is a seller's market so the real estate agent's cost of advertising and marketing is very low and commissions are high. Happy times."

2. Senior Quality Assurance Engineer

QA engineers make sure that software is perfect -- meaning, bug-free -- before it goes out to the public. People with this job tend to have a solid sense of their job's importance to the company and the product.

3. Senior Sales Representatives

Sales representatives have a high degree of flexibility in their jobs, and financial rewards are directly tied to the results they can achieve. This adds up to a perfect work environment for the right person.

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