Money magazine did a reader survey exploring the question what are the happiest professions? Here are the top three professions most likely to be comprised of happy workers (“Are You Happy at Work?” September 2014, p. 21):
1—Software Publishing. Most people involved in software work are analytically minded and deeply aware of how software operates. It seems to me that anyone who is able to appreciate those technical details will tend to find much happiness in being involved in software projects that work well. Is software publishing a happy profession because of that or do happy people gravitate to that industry? That is a good question and I do not have the answer. It might be a little bit of both.
2—Radio And TV Broadcasting. Much of the traditional broadcasting industry involves creativity and entertainment. Most people involved in creativity and entertainment have a personality that feeds on being in the limelight. It brings them much pleasure. It makes sense therefore that this industry would earn second place for a happy profession.
3—Educational Services. Educational services is a very broad category. Nevertheless, at its core is the idea of actively helping other people to learn and grow. Generally, I have never seen any industry that involves helping others to learn and grow in which its workers are not happy people.
Quite likely, many additional reasons exist for the happiness connection to the above three professions. What I have identified are the correlations that make the most sense to me.