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Satisfaction seeking graduates should turn to management
Monday, 06 August 2007
Life after graduation
Graduates who want optimum job satisfaction should aim for a career in corporate management, a new study suggests.
According to new research compiled by the University of Bath, the occupation with the highest level of contentment was corporate management and, one of six management positions in the top ten.
Although well paid, satisfaction among IT professionals ranked 66th, showing that money isn't the only factor that affects happiness at work. The lowest job fulfilment could be found with assembly workers and routine operatives.
Researcher Michael Rose, from the University of Bath said: "Individual job satisfaction is made up of a range of factors including material rewards, such as pay and conditions of employment, and symbolic rewards, such as prestige."
He added: "It is also influenced by psychological rewards, such as being able to express creativity, and social rewards, such as having a supportive colleague network.
"The most important factor in determining the levels of job satisfaction in the survey is the managerial skill in creating a sense of involvement."
The job satisfaction of teachers greatly improved from a rank of 54th in 1999 to 11th in this study.