Prelude to this post is Helboi's QOL post in Games:
This general topic has got me thinking, what careers do have a great quality of life?
That thread has a good laundry list of why the game industry is hard to get into, especially at the collaborative/design/decision making level, hard to get the skills at a high enough level, etc. The general "the people who like the sausage don't really want to see 'inside the sausage factory'" deal, to borrow the title of one of Tom's old columns.
It seems to be that other creative and mainstream media careers are the same. Film & TV, tough to get into, especially at creative level. Writing, highly creative but very tough to make a living on.
In Everything Else, the law field has come up several times - no need to rehash here, but Boston Legal it ain't.
So what are the high QOL careers? Especially the decent paying ones?
After a quick google:
Study on Career Satisfaction:
3. Physical Therapists
Rest of top 10: education administators, painters and sculptors, teachers, authors, psychologists, special education instructors, and operating engineers (whatever that is).
Slightly above: waiters, bartenders, non-construction laborers, cashiers and butchers (literally inside the sausage factory).
Happiness was slightly different with transportation ticket and reservation agents near the top (I'm not buying it).
CNN Money has a Best Jobs for the Long Run (not exactly the same thing as QOL):
20 Great Employers for New Grads was no help (though EA is #2)
100 Best Companies (yes, Google #1):
In the UK, happiest careers:
2. Beauty Therapist
3. Early Years/Childcare
This all tells me one very important thing: surveys of employee quality of life, happiness and satisfaction are utter bollocks.
So, hivemind, what are the actual jobs with a high quality of life? Perhaps there is a better way to ask this. Of the people you know, what do those who are ridiculously happy and grossly overpaid do?
And the answer is not "plastics".