Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Time Magazine report on the relative happiness of various professions including lawyers, librarians and legal assistants

Thanks to our good friends at the Law Librarian blog for this interesting story that, at least with respect to lawyers, seems to confound the conventional wisdom that lawyers are an unhappy lot.  Because Mark Giangrande already took the time to collect the data relevant to the legal profession, I'm going to quote his post in its entirety.

Time Magazine has an happiness index measuring how happy various job categories measure up in their happiness quotient.  Clergy hit the top of the scale and gas station attendants hit the bottom.  Librarians, for some reason, are listed twice in the index, once at about one-third to the bottom, and again at about the half-way point.  It's the only profession to be listed twice. Lawyers are about a sixth of the way from the top (very happy) and legal assistants are about a sixth of the way from the bottom.  Correctional institutional officers rank higher than legal assistants.  The moral is the more power, the happier, I guess.  You can play with the rankings here.  The rankings seem to come from 2007, so lawyer happiness is pre-recession layoffs.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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