Confucius famously said, “Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” This formula for a happy life seems so simple, and yet so many of us dread Monday mornings and race out of the office at 5 p.m. on the dot.
So what are some jobs that could convert you from a stressed-out, tired and frustrated employee to a happy, fun worker bee? And no, the answer isn’t “not having a job at all!” Work is important and necessary, so these jobs aren’t for slackers, but for people who want to enjoy their career so much that it doesn’t feel like work. Here are seven jobs that are perfect for people who want to have fun at work.
Video Game Designer
Do you rush home to play Call of Duty or Minecraft? If so, then video game design may be a job that doesn’t seem like work. Training in graphic design, computer programming, sound engineering or computer animation, among other fields, may put you on the path to this fun career. Given the popularity of video games, this is a growth industry, which means that job prospects are good. Yet another reason to consider video game design.
Do you enjoy working with different people every day? Are you a good communicator and negotiator? Does the idea of sitting behind a desk or computer all day bore you? If so, your strengths may be suited to a career in real estate.
Career website CareerBliss ranked the happiest jobs in America in 2014, and realtors came in third. According to the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales and home prices are both expected to rise in 2016, making this a great time to enter the field. But don’t forget the commercial real estate market as well – it can be just as awarding.
“Mad Men” has made advertising look glamorous and easy. In today’s workplace, it is marketing managers who set strategy and policies that eventually result in those famous ads. Marketing managers strategize not only about TV and print ads, but also about social media campaigns that play out on Facebook and Twitter. Marketing managers are needed in every field — in corporate offices and startups — plus the job pays well, all reasons why marking management is a fun and rewarding career choice.
Try to think beyond the J-Lo romcom when picturing your career as a wedding planner. You’d get to be a part of the happiest day of someone’s life and would thrive on connections and contacts in your community, because if the bride wants white horses or exotic flowers, you’ll have to find them! But at the end of each project, there is a giant party. What is more fun than that?
If you are well organized, creative and a good communicator, wedding planning may be the fun career for you.
As referenced above, CareerBliss surveyed over 57,000 reviews on their website to find the happiest across several categories, including work-life balance, work environment, compensation and more. The happiest career they found? The research/teaching assistant. Why?
While not the highest paying career, it does present workers with new challenges and projects regularly, typically in an academic or health care environment. The hours are reliable and the work is rewarding, making research and teaching assistantships sought-after jobs
Another well-paying job that often clocks in high on the happiness scale is information technology (IT) consultant. IT consultants work with a variety of clients both on site and remotely, so no two days are the same. While client meetings are held during work hours, IT work can often be completed remotely at any time of the day or night, giving this profession lots of flexibility and personal control.
Getting paid to have others read your thoughts? Some people manage it through writing and blogging. This career is fun because you can be totally creative and be yourself, with no corporate boss telling you what to wear or when to take your lunch break. On the flip side, writer’s block is real, and if the deadlines aren’t met, the bills won’t get paid. But Carrie Bradshaw’s life looked fun, right? Need we say more?
So whether you are looking to start your career or make a switch to a new one, consider these fun careers. Chances are you won’t even realize you’re working.