Current grads looking for work that will leave them smiling most days should find a tech-related job, new research finds.
Jobs in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) continue to set the pace for happiness, especially those in software development, according to a new study from CareerBliss, an online career community.
To help new grads determine which jobs are giving young professionals the most career-related happiness, CareerBliss analyzed more than 25,000 independent company reviews. Topping this year's rankings of the Happiest Jobs for the Class of 2014 are java developers, which are programmers who use a specific language associated with client-server Web applications.
Following java developers on the rankings are embedded software engineers, who help program the embedded software in the electronics and other devices, and .NET developers, a programming language specific to Microsoft.
As a whole, jobs in the technology sector dominated the rankings.
"Technology is constantly morphing, leaving a great deal of opportunities for new and rising talent," said Heidi Golledge, CareerBliss co-founder.
CareerBliss evaluates the key factors that affect work happiness, including the person one works for, the people one works with, the support and rewards one receives, the growth opportunities available to a person, the company culture and the way one works and handles daily tasks.
This year's 20 happiest jobs for new college grads are:
- Java developer
- Embedded software engineer
- .NET developer
- Medical technologist
- QA engineer
- Credit analyst
- Management consultant
- Network engineer
- Data analyst
- Web developer
- Business analyst
- Software developer
- Process engineer
- Manufacturing engineer
- Electrical engineer
- Systems administrator
- Network administrator
- Financial analyst
The research revealed that the key to many of the happiest jobs for this group reside in such metrics as "work setting, "support you get" and "growth opportunities."
"By providing new graduates with this data at the onset, we are confident they will be able to make the best decisions in carving their career path to happiness," Golledge said.
Originally published on Business News Daily.