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Firefighters are the happiest workers in America

Bloomberg logoBloomberg 7/17/2019 David Rovella and Alexander McIntyre

The U.S. has long identified itself as the shining beacon of capitalism, where working hard was always in the pursuit of money. So one might presume that the happiest people would be the richest, right? Guess again.

Bloomberg’s Work Wise, our special report on how young professionals can get ahead, make money and give back, shows that some of the most contented workers don’t rake in big bucks at all.

Firefighters have the highest level of job satisfaction, even though their median annual income is just under $50,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Just one of the top five happiest professions—pediatricians—comes in at the high end of the annual salary range.

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Then there are those jobs where lunch hour is a soul-saver. Whom should you be extra nice to because he or she is having a bad day every day?

Let’s just say that the next time you head to the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew your license, crack a good joke. You also might want to hold back the invective when you hear from a telemarketer. Here are the jobs for which quitting time is truly a delight:

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