A few highlights from their findings:
- Weather affects our job satisfaction as well as our sense of overall well-being: Unsurprisingly, workers in Chicago, Boston, and New York were 30 percent more psyched for spring to come than their counterparts in warmer climates.
- More significantly, however, folks in colder climates reported a 28 percent higher job satisfaction level all year long than people in warmer parts of the country.
- Colder climates also had more diverse job markets with a wider range of titles.
- Sales professionals were the most dissatisfied of any of the job categories examined.
- The happiest professions were Law, Tech, and Accounting & Finance; the unhappiest were Real Estate, Sales, and Education.
- Money might matter less than you'd think: the professionals surveyed reported less happiness with every increase in pay over $170,000. In fact, people who made $240,000 were less happy than those who made $40,000.
"[O]ur analysis shows that a city-dwelling techie, who works in the northeast during the spring months, and makes six figures (but under $200k) is the happiest employee in the country," writes Daniel Cronyn, director of consumer marketing for TheLadders. "Conversely, if you find yourself working a sales job in Sacramento, perhaps this research will persuade you to pack your bags and take a cross-country road trip this spring."
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