Do you feel like whistling while you work? If you're a business development executive, you probably hum a happy tune all day long.
After analyzing over 25,000 job reviews, CareerBliss recently released its list of the top 10 happiest careers in the U.S. Business development executive -- the bold pioneer of the sales world -- clocked in at number eight.
Each career's overall satisfaction rating was compiled based on seven factors: manager, colleagues, opportunities for advancement, company culture, rewards and recognition, support, and the day-to-day grind. (Note that salary wasn't a factor -- I guess it's true that money can't buy happiness?)
Here's the full list:
- School principal
- Executive chef
- Loan officer
- Automation engineer
- Research assistant
- Database administrator
- Website developer
- Business development executive
- Senior software engineer
- Systems developer
What makes business development so satisfying? "Business positions certainly come with pressure and stress, but seeking growth opportunities is a gratifying responsibility for these professionals," according to a USA Today article. "Strategic thinkers can find happiness even in the many daily challenges of business development."
This isn't the first sales job to top a career list this year. Glassdoor named sales manager the 10th best job in America, based on average salary, number of jobs openings, and a career opportunities rating. Business development manager grabbed the number three spot.
Considering that sales has historically been regarded as a high pressure field, salespeople seem to be managing the stress just fine. Business development execs -- do you agree with this research? Would you recommend your job to others, or would you steer your peers toward becoming a school principal or chef instead? Share your thoughts in the comments.