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Andrew Price at GOOD highlights a new Gallup poll that suggests most Americans consider their job to be "ideal." That’s interesting, but then Andrew looks at the percentage of people who say they have the "ideal job" by sector:

Andrew’s smart, hopeful, and shareable observations:

I think what the top three on this list indicate is that autonomy, some interaction with the natural world, and stability are very important for job satisfaction. It’s also encouraging to see that people who do "installation and repair" work are so high up on this list. Repair and maintenance jobs are going to be more and more important as we try to extend the lifetimes of products rather than replace them, and focus on fostering those jobs that can’t be outsourced. It’s nice to know that work is likely to make people happy.

What are the elements of your ideal job? Where does living your values fit in to your ideal?

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Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith is the editor who helped launch Shareable.net. He's the author of The Daddy Shift (Beacon Press, June 2009); co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct (W.W. Norton


Things I share: Mainly babysitting with other parents! I also share all the transportation I can, through bikes and buses and trains and carpooling.

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