5 Most Miserable Careers In America

If you happily get out of bed every morning for work, you’re one of the lucky ones — not everyone is satisfied with their current job, says a report published by CareerBliss. The company identified the unhappiest jobs based on more than 100,000 employee-generated reviews between February 2011 and January 2012. Here are the top 5 jobs that make workers’ lives miserable.

1. Security Officer

Average salary: $29,641
Bliss Score: 3.510/5

“People might think that the work environment security guards often face, such as working late hours alone at night, would be what contributes to unhappiness,” Matt Miller, the chief technology officer at CareerBliss told Smith. “However, our data shows that growth opportunities and lack of rewards in this field is what affected the overall sentiment around this type of job. Work environment scored relatively high.”

2. Registered Nurse

Average salary: $43,663
Bliss Score: 3.595/5

“Nurses . . . have more issues with the culture of their workplaces, the people they work with and the person they work for,” Golledge says.


3. Teacher

Average salary: $43,663
Bliss Score: 3.595/5

CareerBliss’ chief executive Heidi Golledge told Smith: “CareerBliss has found through our research that teachers appear to be quite happy with their work and their co-workers. However, the rewards for their work, lack of support and lack of opportunities to be promoted counteract many of the good parts of the job.”

4. Sales Engineer

Average salary: $71,283
Bliss Score: 3.636/5

Smith reports that these engineers don’t appreciate the “lack of growth opportunities, company’s culture, compensation and support.”

5. Product Manager

Average salary: $81,865
Bliss Score: 3.648/5

Smith says that these workers “voiced unhappiness with the range of growth opportunities, compensation, company culture and support.”

How about you — are you unhappy with your current job? Would you stick with the careers mentioned above despite the challenges? Share your most miserable career moments with us via the comment box below!

Source: Yahoo News

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Dawn Loggins: From Janitor To Ivy League

Dawn Loggins was homeless at the start of the school year, abandoned by her drug-abusing parents. She got a janitorial job through a school workforce assistance program. She’s grateful for the work. But it’s where she’s going next, beyond the walls of Burns High School, that excites her most.

Dawn grew up in a ramshackle home with no electricity and no running water. She often went days, even weeks without showering. She and her brother Shane — who was equally studious in his schoolwork — would walk 20 minutes to a public park to fetch water. Burns High was their fourth high school since middle school, as they moved from town to town. Shane was outgoing, but Dawn always appeared more reserved.

For a while, Dawn lived on the odd couch at friends’ homes, while she figured out what to do. Sometimes, she slept on the floor. The only thing that was clear was that she wanted to stay in Lawndale, where she was active in extracurricular activities, had a boyfriend and had a job. With her parents gone, she processed the options with her guidance counselor, who helped her find a new home and process her college applications.


Dawn applied to four colleges within the state: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; North Carolina State University; Davidson College; and Warren Wilson College. In December, she sent one final application off in the mail, to her reach-for-the-stars choice, Harvard. Months passed. She was accepted to the four schools in North Carolina. And finally, she received an acceptance letter from Harvard! In addition to that, she was offered tuition, room and board, as well as assistance finding an on-campus job.

Dawn has learned the sort of lessons that can’t be learned in school. “I love my parents. I disagree with the choices that they’ve made. But we all have to live with the consequences of our actions,” she said. She takes it all in stride. “If I had not had those experiences, I wouldn’t be such a strong-willed or determined person.”

She might just find Harvard to be easy, don’t you think? Did Dawn Loggins’ story inspire you? Share your thoughts with us!

Source: CNN

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