The results are in, and no, panda huggers and doughnut taste testers aren’t on the list!
In fact, the usual suspects from previous years like school principals and florists didn’t even make the top 10.
Every year, CareerBliss reviews thousands of employee responses, and based upon factors such as workplace culture, management, environment, and rewards – determines the world’s happiest (and unhappiest) jobs of the year.
And seriously, this year’s results blew my mind.
The tech industry is absolutely slaying it in the happiness department.
CareerBliss CEO Heidi Colledge told Forbes that it comes down to the fact that techies are highly sought after.
‘Technology jobs are in demand and often technology companies provide unique office environments, company perks and generous compensation for employees.’
So it seems that the Googles, Facebooks and Ubers of the world are leading the charge. I mean, who wouldn’t smile at the idea of having personal chefs, nap pods, and being able to bring your puppy to work, on top of a competitive salary and equity in the company?
The tech start-up revolution has fuelled an enormous shift in the job market, putting employees with tech know-how and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills at the top of the food chain -- and winning at the happiness equation.
And oh man, does being happier at work make all the difference.
Science tells us that happier employees are more productive, healthier and report higher levels of job satisfaction.
Who doesn’t want more of that in their lives?
So which jobs are the happiest of 2016? Let’s take a look and see where the sunshine, lollipops and rainbows are at.
Recruiters take the number one spot for happiest job of 2016.
Who would’ve thought, right?
Thanks to a strong demand for engineers and working professionals, Golledge says ‘recruiters work in a competitive yet highly rewarding environment that has solid compensation and rewards.’
To top it all off and really send their happiness levels into overdrive, recruiters also get an immense sense of satisfaction from helping their clients find jobs, and even earn bonuses when they get it right!
To be a great recruiter you must:
In the tech world, Full Stack Developers are currently the belles of the ball.
They know ALL THE THINGS.
If you throw together Neo’s lightning-fast learning speed, MacGyver's ingenuity, and James Bond’s multilingual awesomeness – you’d get a Full Stack Developer.
It’s not easy going full stack, but if you’re up for the challenge you’ll need to:
Research Assistants are generally hired by universities or research institutes to help with the enormous legwork and mountains of paperwork involved in carrying out a scientific study or research project.
Studies can vary widely from scientific lab work and medical innovations to behavioural economics and statistical modelling, which translates into a wide variety of work for Research Assistants.
Irrespective of what field or industry you specialise in, a Research Assistant needs to:
Java Developers are another breed of coders that are being aggressively courted at the moment.
Why, you ask?
Because Java is the basis for so many open-source projects, and tech companies are snapping up Java developers left, right and centre.
So you can only imagine how much companies fawn over senior developers who’ve been around the block a few times, and have true mastery of this lean, mean coding language.
As James Traver, who teaches web development at General Assembly, explains, “[With Java] you end up writing less code, but your code is more elegant and precise.”
So, how do you become a Java Developer? The answer’s pretty simple: get out there and learn the code!
Did you know that Android holds an enormous 80 per cent of the market share when it comes to smartphones sold worldwide?
EIGHTY PER CENT!
It’s no wonder then that Android Developers are in such hot demand right now, and cashing in their happiness chips as a result.
To get started as an Android Developer, you’ll need to:
The jury’s still out when it comes to a definitive job description for CTOs, and that’s because the job of a CTO varies immensely.
From strategising business development (or biz dev as they call it) with the CEO, to selling and pitching tech products to clients, to more techy stuff like spearheading the company’s technical direction and innovation – CTOs have their fingers in quite a few different pies.
For ICT professionals, becoming a CTO is the ultimate career move, and waves a big fat ‘you’ve made it!’ flag on your resume. It takes years of experience, of course, and isn’t all about technical expertise either.
CTOs manage large teams, and so need to:
Lead Engineers do exactly what their title implies – they lead an engineering team.
Depending on the company’s size and needs, Lead Engineers can often double as a Systems Architect who also shoulders management responsibilities. Through a double whammy of technical expertise and managerial might, Lead Engineers develop an understanding of their team’s strengths, and play to them in order to build a system that’s sleeker than sleek.
Within their own teams, Lead Engineers head up brainstorming sessions, help their engineers tackle technical problems, and find a balance between getting a project done, and getting it done right. To be a lead engineer you need:
Like Lead Engineers, Lead Developers stand at the helm of the dev team.
They provide leadership and a technical vision that development teams work towards, but also spend time coding and overseeing the technical implementation of ideas. For senior management, Lead Developers are often the ‘go-to’ person for all technical questions.
Becoming a Lead Developer or Tech Lead is the next level up in a developer’s career. According to Patrick Kua, author of Talking to Tech Leads, in order to make that leap you’ll need to:
How do you build truly great software that people love? By testing the hell out of it!
This is where quality assurance comes into play, and it’s also why Software QA Engineers are so vital to the development of new apps and programs.
Software QA Engineers sit across every stage of the development process from the initial design and writing of source code, through to configuring management, program testing and integration.
Researchers at Washington University interviewed 50+ senior architect-level engineers from Microsoft, and found that great Software Engineers need to be:
A Chief Operating Officer is essentially the second-in-command at a large company.
If companies were ships, the CEO would be the captain and the COO would be the first mate. The captain checks the skies and decides where he wants to sail, and it’s the COO’s job to make this happen by running a tight ship and getting the crew to work together so they can get there.
Ship metaphors aside, COOs are absolutely crucial to companies, and can be the difference between a company succeeding or sinking (whoops sorry, I thought I was done with the metaphors).
There’s no straightforward path or a single area you need to study to become a COO. Generally speaking however, COOs need:
Considering the enormous growth the tech sector has experienced, it’s not very surprising that tech jobs dominated this year’s list. If anything, experts are saying that this is only the beginning of the tech revolution.
So there you have it. The top 10 happiest jobs of 2016 prove that the happiness equation works! Get in-demand skills and be great at your job, and your career (and happiness) will skyrocket.