Answer: ~ One Fifth
Do you love what you do every day? If so, you’re part of the 22% of Americans that reportedly claim to have found their dream job. In a recent poll by Survey Monkey, outlined in Quartz, people were asked specifically about whether or not they are currently working in their dream job. So this means not a job that’s “good enough” and just passes the time, but a job that is never going to be surpassed by any other job they might have in the future. Is 22% high? Is it low? Honestly, it’s tough to gauge because the flip side of this statistic paints a bleaker picture. If 80% of Americans don’t like the job their currently in that doesn’t seem like a super happy workforce. Now, there are levels to this happiness, of course, but a lot of people are seemingly daydreaming about being somewhere else.
Here’s something as well. According to Quartz, “working adults age 18-34 were far less likely to report that they’d landed their dream job. Only 12% of those surveyed said they had done so, whereas 46% of working seniors did.” This makes sense. Recent college graduates and even young adults in their early 30s are still trying to figure out what to do with their lives. Some go back to school, some switch career paths, and presumably some love what they’re doing already. People also tend to get happier as they older too (believe it or not) so again, the figures fit the findings that seniors enjoy what they get up to do every day.
At the end of the day, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker currently holds ten different jobs before age forty, and this number is projected to grow. If you don’t love what you’re doing right now don’t worry. Stay active, always keep learning, and keep your head on a swivel for the next opportunity.