By Erin Joyce
How eager are you to get up for work each day? Payscale.com asked people to rate how satisfied they were with their jobs, and of the nearly 4,000 jobs surveyed, the average satisfaction ratio was 68%. According to Payscale, the average pay for people with over a 68% satisfaction ratio was $68,000. For people with less than a 68% satisfaction ratio, the average pay was $54,000. If you are looking for a job you can be happy to wake up for each day and still pay the bills, consider these top 10 careers for job satisfaction. (Find out how to decide between these two financial professions. See Broker Or Trader: Which Career Is Right For You? )
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1. Operating Room Registered Nurse
With an average salary of $61,000, the survey's satisfaction rate of 81% for Operating Room Registered Nurses. These medical professionals work in operating rooms for all services (including general surgery, gynecology, ENT, orthopedics, plastics and more). According to the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, nursing in the operating room includes "verifying information related to surgical intervention, assisting with phases of general anaesthesia, documenting surgical counts, and planning responses to potential-life threatening situations."
2. Physical Therapist
This career has a satisfaction rate of 80% and an average salary of $69,000. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), physical therapists or PTs "evaluate and diagnose movement dysfunction and use interventions to treat patient/clients." If the idea of helping others increase mobility, prevent injury and reduce pain doesn't leave you feeling satisfied, perhaps the fact that employment in this sector is expected to grow much faster than average will bring a smile to your face.
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3. Environmental Engineer
Environmental Engineers work in the assessment, design, operations and planning of site operations, according to Alberta Occupational Profiles. The average salary is $63,000, and this career boasts an 80% satisfaction rate. These engineers spend their days using their knowledge to improve the environment, or at least reduce the impact our industries have on the planet.
4. Athletic Trainer
At $39,000, athletic trainers have the lowest average salary of the top 10, but the satisfaction rate is a solid 79%. Being a part of the positive changes in their clients' lives may be worth the lower paycheck - especially when the results are so easily visible.
Like the athletic trainers, dietitians get to clearly see the results of the positive changes in their clients' health. Dietitians have an average salary of $49,000, with a satisfaction rate of 78%. Dietitian also ranked in the top 10 for the jobs with the most flexible working hours - a must-have perk for some.
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