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Sure, you dutifully go to work every day (heck, you might be reading this from your desk), but would you recommend your job to somebody else? PayScale asked our users if they would give their job a big thumbs up, and these are the jobs that topped the list.

#1: Optician


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100% Recommend Their Job
$34,100
Median Salary
23% Male / 77% Female
Projected Future Growth: 23.4%

It’s pretty clear (pun intended) that Opticians like their chosen career – 100% of the Opticians we surveyed say they would recommend their jobs to others. Though the pay isn’t the highest, employment projections look good for this profession.

#2 (tie): Project Manager, Engineering


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94% Recommend Their Job
$87,600
Median Salary
88% Male / 12% Female
Projected Future Growth: 6.7%

Engineering Project Managers must have a scrupulous attention to detail – they are responsible for making sure that all aspects of a complex engineering project go off without a hitch. They must love it though because 94% of them say they would recommend their job.

#2 (tie): Physical Therapy Assistant


 
94% Recommend Their Job
$50,700
Median Salary
28% Male / 72% Female
Projected Future Growth: 41.0%

If you got to spend your day on your feet helping people heal from injuries, you might like your job too. 94% of Physical Therapy Assistants give the profession a big thumbs up.

#4 (tie) Physician Assistant


 
94% Recommend Their Job
$89,300
Median Salary
36% Male / 64% Female
Projected Future Growth: 38.4%

Physician Assistants are a smart bunch – they enjoy many of the perks of being a doctor, including high pay and the ability to prescribe drugs – with less schooling (and fewer student loans) than actual MDs. No wonder so many recommend their job.

#4 (tie) Practice Manager


 
93% Recommend Their Job
$55,100
Median Salary
15% Male / 85% Female
Projected Future Growth: 23.2%

Practice Managers have a lot of responsibility to juggle. Between managing payroll and overseeing the day-to-day operations of a medical office, you think they’d be stressed out, but 93% of them recommend their job to others.

#6 (tie) President and CEO, Small Company


 
92% Recommend Their Job
$177,600
Median Salary
85% Male / 15% Female
Projected Future Growth: 5.3%

Entrepreneurs who follow their dreams seem to reap big rewards. Not only do they enjoy a healthy median salary of $177,600 per year, 92% would tell others to follow in their footsteps.

#6 (tie) Vice President, Human Resources


 
92% Recommend Their Job
$140,100
Median Salary
32% Male / 68% Female
Projected Future Growth: 13.2%

You would think that managing payroll, hiring and firing employees and trying to find affordable health care solutions would weigh on HR VPs, but 92% recommend their job. Making well over $100,000 a year probably doesn’t hurt.

#8 Physical Therapists


 
91% Recommend Their Job
$71,300
Median Salary
33% Male / 67% Female
Projected Future Growth: 36.0%

Whether they’re kneading injured muscles or nursing athletes back to peak performance, Physical Therapists seem to enjoy their jobs and the $71,300 a year they earn. 91% would recommend their jobs to others.

#9 (tie) Structural Engineer


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90% Recommend Their Job
$65,400
Median Salary
86% Male / 14% Female
Projected Future Growth: 19.7%

The work of Structural Engineers certainly yields some impressive results – every time you cross a bridge or stare up at a skyscraper you can see the evidence of their skill and hard work. Perhaps it’s that sense of accomplishment that makes 90% of them recommend their job.

#9 (tie) Dental Office Manager


 
90% Recommend Their Job
$44,200
Median Salary
3% Male / 97% Female
Projected Future Growth: 12.2%

Patients may not love dentists, but evidently they aren’t taking out their anxiety on Dental Office Managers. 9 out of 10 of them say they would recommend their job to other people, meaning they either like what they do or just really enjoy the sound of drills.

#9 (tie) Construction Manager


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90% Recommend Their Job
$75,300
Median Salary
95% Male / 5% Female
Projected Future Growth: 16.1%

90% of Construction Managers say they would recommend their jobs to other people. We suspect that watching other people do manual labor all day probably makes them appreciative of their cushy managerial position.

#9 (tie) Product Manager, Software


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90% Recommend Their Job
$93,000
Median Salary
75% Male / 25% Female
Projected Future Growth: 15.3%

Software Product Managers make the software you use every day come to life, whether it’s something as small as a drop-down menu or as big as an entire operating system. They must love this work, since 90% of them recommend their job.

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