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The 10 happiest careers of 2016

It all comes down to these five things.

US-based website CareerBliss recently released the happiest jobs for 2016 and by-golly we’re keen on some workplace happiness. After all, you’ll spend the majority of your life within a company’s four walls (and with unruly characters like Lynda from Marketing), so why not be a little jolly?

So, what do these jobs have in common? Well for starters, the majority of them didn’t exist a decade or two ago. Good news for anyone aspiring to be the first ‘Professional Netflix and Chill’.

Apart from the newness factor, these careers involve in-demand skillsets, job security, work/life balance, company perks, and a larger-end paycheque.

They also seem to have a lot less time with face-to-face human interaction which is slightly alarming. But we’ll let you be the judge.

A big pat on the back for anyone who’s scored a role as a recruiter. You go Glen Coco!

Recruiters take first place thanks to strong demand elsewhere i.e. skilled positions like engineers. Who better to bring in the right person for the right job than a recruiter? Amirite?

As a bonus, recruiters often feel a swell of the happies when they successfully find their clients jobs (and sometimes even get a bonus). Score.

Average salary: US $56, 715

What to study:

A Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Human Resources or Bachelor of Commerce with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

While this career is sadly, not about stacking pancakes (although we’re sure it’s your true calling), it is right up there on the happiness scale.

Full Stack Developers are those magical people who seem to know everything. We’re talking front-end code, back-end databases and server systems and a host of programming languages like HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Sound challenging? You’re not wrong, but it’s this love of the challenge that makes a FSD so successful. That and a decent paycheque.

Average salary: US $72,856

What to study:

Bachelor of Information Technology, a Diploma of Computing or Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems).

This one goes out to anyone who felt a pang of kinship to Rory Gilmore and/or has ever thought, “I love the smell of books”.

Research Assistants spend a lot of time in libraries, laboratories and research institutes, putting pen to paper and helping out with scientific study or a research project. These guys have a thirst for knowledge, a love affair with Excel and an ability to make data speak.

We’ve got good news if you’re looking to break into this field, studies can vary from scientific work in the lab, to medical studies, economics or statistics. The world is your data-driven Oyster.

Average salary: US $31, 624

What to study:

Start with an undergraduate degree in the field that interests you (and has potential for research!) before embarking on a Masters to establish yourself as a research whiz.

 

Similar to the Full Stack Developer but with a little more specialisation, the Senior Java Developer is high on the list of coveted employees. A sweet salary and experience you can rely on are what make these guys happy campers.

Average salary: US  $98, 814

What to study:

Bachelor of Information Technology, a Diploma of Computing or Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems).

More and more punters are crossing the contiguous line from iPhone to Android and this shift is evident everywhere. After all, word on the street is that Android hold 80 per cent of market share worldwide.

You’ll need the ability to pick up coding language quick smart to be an Android Developer, but you’ll be happy as Larry due to high-demand.

Average salary: US $56,120

What to study:

Bachelor of Information Technology, a Diploma of Computing or Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems). You can take a postgraduate degree to further specialise such as a Master of Mobile Applications Development.

CTOs are top of the ladder (i.e. not a role for the ‘fresh out of uni’ crowd).

Their job description (affectionately known as a JD) can vary but these guys strategise and head up the company’s technical direction. They’re fluent in code but also have the business know-how and interpersonal skills that only years of experience and aptitude can provide.

Average salary: US $121, 691

What to study:

Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration will get you started. Smaller courses in management training and the like will kick your career to the next level.

Unsurprisingly, Lead Engineers do exactly what the title suggests, lead engineers.

Whodathunk?

This role involves managerial expertise and a smorgasbord of technical and on-site experience but at the end of the day these guys are super satisfied – and therefore happy – with a job well done.

Average salary: US $92, 538

What to study:

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Lead Developers head up, just like a Lead Engineer, the development (dev) team.

The job involves leadership, managerial prowess and a knowledge of all things coding. You’ll need a strong grasp on the magic that is delegation, but once you and your team are in swing, you’ll be laughin’.

Average salary: US $84,296

What to study:

Bachelor of Information Technology, a Diploma of Computing or Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems).

Ever wanted to get paid for playing computer games? Well, this is one of those jobs that are so close to that dream.

Specialising in quality assurance aka making sure everything works properly, is the calling for Software Quality Assurance Engineers; they can’t get enough of it. They have a penchant for apps and games and an ability to solve technological puzzles with aplomb.

Average salary: US $65,779

What to study:

Bachelor of Information Technology, a Diploma of Computing or Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems).

One of the big wigs (hence the pretty, pretty paycheque), a COO makes the Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) vision come true. They’re managerial skills are second to none and know the secret to effective communication. Nothing less will do.

Average salary: US $125, 086

What to study:

Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration will get you started. Smaller courses in management training and the like will kick your career to the next level.

So there you have it folks! Turns out all that time you spent playing Halo in the computer labs is about to pay off Big Time thanks to a sweep of happy tech jobs.

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The 10 happiest careers of 2016
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