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September 22, 2011

10 Happiest Jobs (Physical Therapy is #3)

Happy, happy, joy, joy. That's what I want out life, and it turns out that I've picked one of the 10 happiest jobs out there according to an article in the UTNE Reader.

“Since experts say that social interaction drives job satisfaction, it makes sense that clergy are happiest of all,” Christian Science Monitor writes. “Social interaction and helping people [is a] combination that’s tough to beat for job happiness.”

Being a nurturing, social person, I have to agree. One of the joys of my job is getting to know my patients, their goals and desires, and help them achieve those. Also gratifying is seeing people progress from low level functioning toward independence.

Interestingly, one of the most challenging (as in aggravating) aspects of my job is working with difficult people. Motivating mules and being pushed around by badgers can make for a long therapy session. Add to that reams of paperwork, and you have a recipe for a less than ideal job - I'd hate to work for a complaint department!!

Overall, I have to agree with the article. And while they have focused on Physical Therapists for job satisfaction, don't forget Occupational Therapists and Massage Therapists among those social, helping professions.

Posted by linda at September 22, 2011 6:29 AM

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