The 10 jobs with the most optimistic employees

The economy is in a good place, writes Jeff Kauflin for Forbes, leaving many workers feeling good about their future.  

But who are among the most optimistic workers? To find the answer, researchers from Payscale asked 425,219 U.S. employees about how hopeful they felt about their respective organizations, their future, and their salaries.

According to PayScale, here are the top 10 most optimistic workers:

  1. Real estate brokers
  2. Postsecondary instructors
  3. Dentists
  4. Flight attendants
  5. Counselors
  6. Chief executives
  7. Food and tobacco machine operators and tenders
  8. Clergy
  9. Traffic technicians
  10. Archivists

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Research has shown that culture is more important than money when it comes to employee happiness.  Faculty, who were among the most optimistic workers, are more likely to be satisfied if simple gestures of kindness and other positive one-on-one interactions are prevalent. They also place a high value mentoring and other forms of one-on-one dialogue.

In 2015, Forbes reported that among the best paid jobs in education are faculty positions. They included instructors in economics, health, engineering, and others (Kauflin, Forbes, 7/24; PayScale report, accessed 7/31). 


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