I made the right career choice…

…now if I could only get it to pay the bills.
I bet a lot of you writers out there have been saying, “You know, all the time spent writing and editing, second guessing, listening to crappy advice and ignoring same, the angst about submissions, not getting paid for my work, and possibly writing for no one’s pleasure but mine and my mother’s, it’s all been totally worth it!”
Well, now you know that you’re not alone. According to YahooNews a survey has placed “author” in the ranking as one of the most satisfying jobs:

Job satisfaction
Across all occupations, on average 47 percent of those surveyed said they were satisfied with their jobs and 33 percent reported being very happy.
Here are the Top 10 most gratifying jobs and the percentage of subjects who said they were very satisfied with the job:
* Clergy—87 percent percent
* Firefighters—80 percent percent
* Physical therapists—78 percent percent
* Authors—74 percent
* Special education teachers—70 percent
* Teachers—69 percent
* Education administrators—68 percent
* Painters and sculptors—67 percent
* Psychologists—67 percent
* Security and financial services salespersons—65 percent
* Operating engineers—64 percent
* Office supervisors—61 percent

Yep, there we are, stuck between Physical Therapists and Special Education Teachers. That just about says it all, doesn’t it?

6 thoughts on “I made the right career choice…

  1. Well, that’s reassuring. It’s better than the statistics of those writers who committed suicide in ignominy, and then were posthumously recognized as literary greats. I wonder if the authors polled were all fairly successful published authors? That might have skewed the results a little, not that I disagree that the writing is its own reward.

  2. Chris, I agree… it is better than all the negative stereotypes, like alcoholism.
    I also wondered about who the authors were, and if they are published and successful (i.e. living off their writing) who are the 26% who are dissatisfied?

  3. Sean…
    If they were actually successful, as you say, then I imagine that they just had different expectations for the job. I know people like that in other professions, who put in years of work only to find out that their dream job wasn’t what they thought. It’s very sad when that happens.
    If there’s a high number of published authors who feel that way, maybe it’s because of the “grass is greener” syndrome, where they constantly look to the next hurdle, and then the next, never happy where they are. Must get agent, must get publisher, must get starred review, must make NYT bestseller, etc. For those who have talent but don’t actually enjoy writing all that much, I imagine the end result would be dissatisfying, as in any career.
    But either way, it’s heartening to see that they are being portrayed as statistically in the minority. (I say “portrayed” since we know nothing of the pool, as we previously noted.)

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