Click the image to see a larger version of this info graphic, courtesy of CNNMoney:
If this info graphic is to be believed – and I do – the four best jobs in America are:
So what makes these America’s best jobs, rather than say, cowboy, rock star or spaceman?
‘Best’ is intrinsically connected to the happiness felt by the worker, which is intrinsically connected to the necessity of the job
Now before the rock star-cowboy-spaceman guild comes after me, let me be clear and state that all jobs fill a necessary role in our society –
not just the ones on this list.
But from an HR perspective, when we post job vacancies and recruit for a ‘Systems Engineer,’ it can be incredibly advantageous
for us to know that this job employs some of the happiest, most
necessary feeling workers in America. In fact, a Systems Engineer is
typically far happier and feels far more necessary than the 16th ranked Software Product Manager, despite the fact that a Software PM can make nearly $20,000 more per year.
In regards to refining a recruiting and human resources strategy, the biggest takeaways I see when looking at this info graphic are:
Hook your candidates with happiness and the rest will almost certainly fall into place.