They say there’s a very big difference between a work and a job and I seem to always struggle to draw the line between where work stops and job begins or vice versa. Most people seem to be unhappy with their jobs and the number one reason they give for that is that it was not the career they would have chosen for themselves if they had a choice, so you find people reporting to work on a Monday morning completely worn out and in a very bad mood, and we know that a grumpy employee does not always make a good office setting.

Again I asked, what is the difference between a work and a job. A friend of mine was once a teacher, and every time they had a staff meeting, the very strict head teacher would scream saying, “This is not a job, it is work. If you want a job go to the bank, or better still, let the government employ you.” In a very confused state, my friend would call me on the phone to ask me the difference between a work and a job. I’ve searched the dictionary several times and the definition of work always seems to be synonymous to that of a job. But because you will be spending most of our time at your workplace, so you might as well like it, right?

Now when you have a job that you do not enjoy, you see it as work which does not mean that it is still not a job. But, to avoid the complication of trying to differentiate between work and job, all you have to do is enjoy what you do. So, we bring you a list of some of the jobs that people are happiest doing according to Forbes. They may not completely be what you have in mind, but we guarantee you that people who do these jobs are quite happy to be doing them. This list will help you decide if you doing the right job or not. If you are unhappy with your job, you’re probably not in one of these professions.

It may be very difficult to know beforehand if you are going to love your job. There are a lot of factors that come into play to make you either love or hate your job. Some of these factors include

  • your office environment,
  • nature of work,
  • company culture,
  • your colleagues and (obviously)
  • your salary.

So according to Forbes, the jobs that people are happiest doing in 2015 are as follows:

10. Systems Developer

Happiest Jobs
Happiest Jobs

Why system developers are happy is because they don’t suffer from the monotony of most jobs because they are faced with fresh challenges each day, and solving these challenges make them happy.



9. Senior Software Engineer

Happiest Jobs
Happiest Jobs

Talking about solving many problems and being drawn into being very creative and giving life to things. That is what makes you as a senior software engineer happy. There is the money too.

8. Business Development Executive

Happiest Jobs
Happiest Jobs

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Simply put, the job here is the advancement of the business needs of a company. You are expected to assist in getting new customers and promoting the company’s products and services.

7. Website Developer

Happiest Jobs
Happiest Jobs

Being a web developer has become a big deal of a job for some time now, and it can only get better. The job involved here is to develop World Wide Web applications.

6. Oracle Data Base Operator

Happiest Jobs
Happiest Jobs

This is a job that with Oracle that gets you to evaluate database as well as carry out maintenance activities.

5. Research Assistant

Happiest Jobs
Happiest Jobs

The job of the research assistant as the name rightly suggests is to simply provide help for researchers in institutions.

4. Automation Engineer

Happiest Jobs
Happiest Jobs

What you are expected to do as an Automation Engineer is to design, program, simulate as well as test automated machinery and processes

3. Loan Officer

Happiest Jobs
Happiest Jobs

As a loan officer, your job is with financial institutions most especially banks where you make recommendations on a mortgage or commercial loans.

2. Executive Chef

Happiest Jobs
Happiest Jobs

An executive chef is a trained professional cook who oversees everything that happens in the kitchen.

1. Principal

Happiest Jobs
Happiest Jobs

If some of these are puzzling, none is as puzzling as this one. Who would have thought that being a principal is one of the happiest jobs? CareerBliss that compiled the list evaluated these careers by looking at some key factors that affect an employee’s happiness. These factors include employers and colleagues in the workplace, support, rewards and growth opportunities in the workplace and company culture.

So if you are thinking about a career change, it seems anything to do with developing is the best way to go!