Jobs That Make You Happy, Pay Well and Are Currently Available On Strike Jobs

Back in March, a survey revealed the happiest jobs in the UK, with members of the clergy coming out on top. But if you’d rather serve the great god of money, there is still good news because chief executives, earning on average over £100,000 a year, came second in job satisfaction. Which is good, I guess, because it’s got to be worth spending so long working hard to reach that position. There are plenty of jobs on the list to make you happy, such as farming & agricultural management roles or secretarial positions, but they don’t necessarily pay a huge amount.

So what if you’re looking for a position that makes you happy and makes you money? Here are a few jobs that have a great balance of job satisfaction, pay well and, most crucially of all, are currently available on Strike Jobs. And in case you’re wondering, publicans came out bottom of the list, 8 places lower than bar staff.

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Electrical Engineers:

Rank: 14
Average salary: £44,439
Average Job Satisfaction level: 7.74

Electrical engineers deal with creating and maintaining all things electronic. One of the key factors of job satisfaction is the amount of control and with a position in electrical engineering, you are granted exactly that. Duties include; The design, construction & testing of electrical items, such as security and heating systems, researching customer requirements and liaising with clients and design teams. You’d be in charge of a team, it’s a normal 40 hours-a-week job and you would get to exercise your giant engineering brain.

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You would most likely need a degree or equivalent in an engineering discipline, and a number of years experience in your specialised area. You would also need a great deal of passion for the subject, as there’s a lot of problem solving involved, requiring complicated mathematics. But if that’s your passion, and that’s what you’re doing, it’s bound to make you happy.

Click here to see our electrical engineering vacancies on Strike Jobs.

Medical Practitioners:

Rank: 7
Average salary: £70,648
Average job satisfaction level: 7.48

Another factor that attributes a great deal of job satisfaction and happiness is helping others, so being a medical practitioner is about the most satisfying job you can get. It’s not for the faint-hearted, though, and requires a great deal of education, but it’s never too late to start something new. Medical jobs provide tangible examples of positively effecting the lives of others. And it pays pretty well, too.

There’s also a great deal of specialisations within the sector, from anaesthesiology to paediatrics, doctors and nurses, there’s bound to be a position perfect to your interests and passions. But it is difficult work. With long and erratic hours and a lot of duties not for the squeamish, it takes a great deal of commitment and determination. Which is part of what makes it so satisfying.

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Click here to see our list of health & medical positions, which currently has over 3,500 available vacancies!

Quality Assurance and Regulatory Professionals:

Rank: 5
Average salary: £42,898
Average job satisfaction level: 7.89

Once again, job happiness comes down to being in control, so why not become grand supreme controller of quality for a company? A huge range of establishments require quality assurance managers to make sure that the services they require are of the standard expected. These establishments include banking, manufacturing and automotive companies, which means you can go for any company that fits your interests. Which is useful, because a great deal of knowledge on the relevant products and output is required if you’re to be assuring customers of their quality.

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A degree is generally favourable in these positions, particularly one in business studies or an area relevant to the companies you’re looking to apply to. Great communication skills are a must. A great deal of estimating, researching and preparation goes into the work, but due to your level of control, it can prove to be hugely rewarding.

Click here to browse our quality assurance positions at Strike Jobs.

Human Resources Managers/Directors:

Rank: 19
Average salary: £54,120
Average job satisfaction level: 7.7

As human resources manager, you are in charge of the hiring and training of new employers, to make sure that they are the best fit for the company. You would need to really understand the company, and you would be spending much of your day building relationships. While you are in charge of firing, you would also have to deal with less pleasant duties such as redundancies, so the ability to keep a calm, professional veneer through any emotional breakdowns is important.

There’s a lot to learn in terms of keeping up with current UK hiring laws, and budgeting with a computer. Some universities and companies offer graduate training schemes, but it’s usually about 5 years of experience and a degree-level education that is required for a more senior position.

Click here to look at our human resources positions currently available.

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Obviously, results in a chart won’t mean absolute happiness in any job, there are just too many factors. It largely comes down to where you work as well, but there’s not much a massive nation-wide survey can do about that.

Louis Clayton | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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Monday Funday: Top 5 Futuristic Jobs That Could Be Set to Become Lucrative Career Paths.

The future is upon us. I don’t know if you got the memo. We’re growing burgers in test-tubes, we’ve made flying cars and we’re starting to reverse the ageing process. Although all of these things are currently a little bit rubbish (but no less remarkable), it won’t be long before all sorts of new and currently futuristic sounding careers are set to become the norm, and in some cases potentially quite lucrative. And while we may not need managers for retirement homes looking after people living forever, or Frankenstein chefs designing new forms of super-meat in a lab just yet, it might not seem so crazy in the coming years.

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5: 3D Printing.

3D printing is already taking off in a big way. It’s proven to be hugely beneficial to medical science, particularly for prosthetic limbs and printing bits of bone that require very specific dimensions. 3D printers are fantastic for printing things that are particularly intricate, precise or fiddly. Although they’re not quite common-place yet, they’re already proving to be incredibly useful office and home tools. And when we figure out how to use 3D printers to 3D print 3D printers, they’ll basically take over the world from there.

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But what would a career in 3D printing involve? There are a number of career paths available, such as the 3D modelling and scanning required to print 3D objects. With 3D printing’s ability to print more intricate objects, a great deal of imagination can now be applied to your ideas in unusual areas, such as designing toys and tools. You could even sell 3D printers the same as you’d sell any office supplies.

4: Food Science.

Food science is a broad area, from nutrition to genetic modification, but as more and more technology goes into the production of food, an increasing number of scientists are needed to explore the possibilities and develop exciting culinary innovations. Want to create some kind of cucumber/sausage combo? Maybe it’ll be possible in the future. You’ll be streamlining the sandwich filling industry forever.

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With the first ever lab-created burger being created last year, this area of technology could revolutionise the agricultural industry. It’s in the early stages, because despite the burger being a first and whoppingly expensive, it was also apparently a bit stringy. “So why even bother?” I hear you cry. It would mean less farm animals taking up space that could be used for more plant crops, that wouldn’t be needed to feed farm animals. That would be hugely beneficial for the environment (see No.2), particularly because cows rudely burping and farting has seriously damaged the ozone layer.

3: Big Data Analysis.

In the future, we will look back at the small data of the past and laugh at how pathetic and feeble it all looked. Gone will be the days of tiny numbers like 4 and 6.2, instead it will herald the dawning of a new age of HUGE THROBBING DATA like 812 and 64,000. And as a result, we will undoubtedly need much bigger data analysts.

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Big data analysis introduces the notion of being able to study the relatively new influx of data provided by sources such as web cookies, GPS tracking locations and the many bits and bytes of information provided by using the internet. If you are particularly gifted with numbers, and hugely enjoy collecting, studying and analysing data, but feel that it’s all a bit small at the moment, this would definitely be the perfect career to consider in the future.

2: Environmentalism.

As the human population continues to swell like an oil spill in the ocean, the amount of room for anything else dwindles. Before long, it’s going to look like zoos were built just to house weird made-up animals bred specifically to be there, like elephants and lemurs.

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“Mummy, what’s a tiger?” A child will ask, wide-eyed and fascinated, after reading a dusty old page of Wikipedia that she found in the attic. “I don’t remember.” Will come the subdued response. The child will then hold up a sepia-toned picture from 2017 of a large striped animal, uploaded to Instagram. “Oh, one of those. Just go and sit slightly too close to a cat. They’re sort of like that.” The mother will reply, over the top of her Galaxy Nexus Tablet. “What’s a cat?”

If this vision horrifies you, you may be perfect a perfect fit for a career in environmentalism. There’s so much all over the world that needs to be done to support our fragile, delicate planet, so being able to do something about it will be in high-demand, as well as being hugely rewarding. And it’s not all chaining yourself to trees and getting in the way of whale harpoons, either. Large businesses are starting to take on environmentalists more and more to make sure that they can keep their companies in the green. There are all sorts of aspects within a business that need to be considered from an environmental perspective, including recycling, energy usage and a company’s carbon footprint. Businesses will like it, because going green looks good for them, and it has the added bonus of actually having a positive impact for the planet as well.

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1: Augmented Reality.

The technology is available now, but the possibilities have barely been tapped into yet. Generally, augmented reality involves holding up a smartphone’s camera to something that a phone application will recognise, which then projects objects such as 3D models and pop-up information into the scene on your screen. For example, holding up your phone’s camera to a medieval town display in a museum might add a little 3D model of a medieval house over the top, so that you can visualise what is being described interactively. It’s in its early stages at the moment, but improving all of the time. Here is a video, demonstrating the marketing capabilities of augmented reality:

So naturally, there are a lot of duties involved in the creation of augmented reality. It is likely to become increasingly popular for marketing, as it is both much more entertaining and much less fiddly than QR codes and hash-tags. These ideas need to be developed by marketing departments and then built and created by 3D modellers and animators, opening up a large amount of opportunities. And if more products such as Google Glass (Or Google Goggles) appear, the world could transform into some kind of inescapable Dreamworks animation, where every poster on the tube almost pokes you in the eye.

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Brand New IT Job Board available – www.itjobsandwork.co.uk – as part of Strike Jobs!

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At www.strike-jobs.co.uk we are dedicated to a broad variety of different sectors and industries, and now we have a brand new website and job board dedicated to the IT and telecommunications sector, www.itjobsandwork.co.uk. We already have more than 1,000 jobs listed, and there are over 500 new candidates registering each day looking for work!

At www.itjobsandwork.co.uk, we offer free unlimited job posting for new clients, for the first 30 days. There’s no contract, and it’s incredibly simple to join. On each new job vacancy you submit, you will be able to list your company logo and an industry related image so you can really stand out and inspire any potential new candidates.

The website currently has IT & telecommunication jobs posted from all over the UK, and even some from as far away as Poland and Gibraltar, so there’s no limit to where you can target your vacancies. We cater to all levels of applicant, in over forty different roles, including IT sales, network security and head of technical services positions, so you can be confident that you will find the right person for any positions you have to offer.

The website comes equipped with plenty of information and help for job-seekers who need any extra information, ensuring they will be well-informed and enthusiastic about any positions they apply for.

Signing up will also mean any jobs you post on www.itjobsandwork.co.uk will also be posted on our Strike Jobs LinkedIn page and the dedicated IT and telecommunications LinkedIn group, which currently has almost 1,800 members, ensuring you reach the widest possible audience. We also have social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter, so that customers are frequently reminded to check for postings that could come from you!

You will be able to post positions on the Strike-Jobs job boards as well as an on www.ITjobsandwork.com! If you continue to use us after your free-trial has ended, you will also have access to our CV database. And if you use a multi-poster, we are integrated with Broadbean, Logic Melon, Jobmate and Idibu. We have been described as “the best board we currently use,” with “first class” customer service. So please e-mail us at info@ITjobsandwork.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)20 7493 4993 to sign up today, or for any more information!

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Brand New Catering Job Board – www.cateringjobsandwork.co.uk – as part of Strike Jobs!

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At www.strike-jobs.co.uk we are dedicated to a broad variety of different sectors and industries, and now we have a brand new website and job board dedicated to the catering and hospitality sector, www.cateringjobsandwork.co.uk. We already have more than 1,500 jobs listed, and there are over 500 new candidates registering each day looking for work!

At www.cateringjobsandwork.co.uk, we offer free unlimited job posting for new clients, for the first 30 days. There’s no contract, and it’s incredibly simple to join. On each new job vacancy you submit, you will be able to list your company logo and an industry related image so you can really stand out and inspire any potential new candidates.

The website currently has catering & hospitality jobs posted from all over the UK, and even some from as far away as Kenya and Australia, so there’s no limit to where you can target your vacancies. We cater to all levels of applicant, in over forty different roles, from entry level positions such as bar staff members and waiting staff, to upper management roles and executive chef positions, so you can be confident that you will find the right person for any positions you have to offer.

The website comes equipped with plenty of information and help for job-seekers who need any extra information, ensuring they will be well-informed and enthusiastic about any positions they apply for.

Signing up will also mean any jobs you post on www.cateringjobsandwork.co.uk will also be posted on our Strike Jobs LinkedIn page and the dedicated catering and hospitality LinkedIn group which currently has over 1,000 members, ensuring you reach the widest possible audience. We also have social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter, so that customers are frequently reminded to check for postings that could come from you!

You will be able to post positions on the Strike-Jobs job boards as well as an on www.cateringjobsandwork.com! If you continue to use us after your free-trial has ended, you will also have access to our CV database. And if you use a multi-poster, we are integrated with Broadbean, Logic Melon, Jobmate and Idibu. We have been described as “the best board we currently use,” with “first class” customer service. So please e-mail us at info@cateringjobsandwork.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)20 7493 4993 to sign up today, or for any more information!

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A New Horizon In: Gibraltar.

The Location:

Gibraltar is a very small British colony that sticks out of the bottom of Spain. It has a population of just over 30,000 and covers a not-even-slightly dizzying 2.6 square miles. This firmly puts Gibraltar in the category of cosy. But don’t let that put you off. Gibraltar is still a thriving area, with a lot of expats living there, a densely populated city and a lot to see and do. Particularly if you like the sea, as you’ll never be all that far away from it.

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Gibraltar is largely characterised by the Rock of Gibraltar. An enormous lump of limestone full of intricate tunnels, with a nature reserve on top that is home to the famous Barbary apes and a number of other animals. Gibraltar’s tourist board advertises 300 days of sun a year, which is ideal considering you’re always close to the sea.

Gibraltar is bi-lingual, with its inhabitants speaking both Spanish and English. But be prepared for most conversation to be in Spanish, despite the street and shop signs being in English. But since you’re so close to Spain, it would be wise to learn a comfortable amount of Spanish to get about.

Working there:

Gibraltar closely mirrors the employment system in the UK, and a number of Gibraltar locals often go to university in Britain, before returning, meaning that starting a new job there will not come as much of a culture shock. It’s actually extremely simple to start a new life working in Gibraltar, as long as you have an EU passport. And since it’s only 2.5 hours away by plane, it’s easy to investigate the country first to get a good feel for what it’s like. And then maybe go water-skiing, but more on that later.

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It can be complicated to travel to Gibraltar and just find a job from there. Luckily, we already have plenty of opportunities available on the Strike Jobs job board, so have a look through and see if you can find something that would be perfect for you if you’re really excited by the prospect of moving to Gibraltar. Be aware, however, that as the city is so densely populated house prices can be pretty high, so it’s worth spending time researching houses and locations as well. A lot of people choose to commute from nearby cities in Spain.

Living there:

A very good idea when living in Gibraltar is to take up something athletic, especially if it involves the sea. Learning to yacht, windsurf or anything else that makes the most of the sun & surf. Scuba diving is also worth pursuing, as the coral reefs are vibrant and spectacular, and range from those perfect for absolute beginners or experienced divers.

Gibraltar is also incredibly safe. Anyone can quite happily and comfortably wander around the streets at four in the morning without feeling threatened or unsafe. The shops and streets are also full of British shops, including Peacocks and the most busy Morrison’s is supposedly in Gibraltar. But don’t let that put you off. It means you can find your favourite creature comforts if you ever feel homesick.

If you’re more interested in the arts, there are theatres and art galleries, it’s not really what the country is renowned for. There’s a thriving nightlife, cinemas and beautiful nature reserves, so you should be kept entertained, and you are always incredibly close to Spain.

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So have a look at the jobs we have available in Gibraltar, as we have a range of exciting opportunities, from java development to accountancy positions. So if the cold winter and grey skies of Britain are a grim prospect, have a look at what you might find in Gibraltar. It could be the perfect fit.

Click here to browse our current vacancies in Gibraltar.

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What Careers are there in the Fireworks industry?

Remember, remember the 4th of December. Or was it the 6th of September? WRONG. It’s today. And although there have been plenty of fireworks going off over this week, today’s the day they’ll probably be the biggest. A lot of work goes into a fireworks display, from the creation of the fireworks, to the designing of the show, and it can prove to be an interesting and challenging career that you may not have thought that much about before. If you always gazed up in awe at the colourful explosions, or felt dizzy with wonder when you saw a catherine wheel, have a look at the ins-and-outs of the fireworks industry.

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Before you begin.

A solid understanding of science is an important grounding for any pyrotechnical career. It’s good to have the right a-levels and a relevant degree to stand you in good stead, as you’d be dealing with highly volatile chemicals, and it’s important to know how they go together and what will happen if they do. An in-depth knowledge of chemistry is vital for this, and knowledge of physics is highly important to understand aspects of a fireworks show, such as trajectory and wind. There isn’t any formal qualification, such as a degree in fireworkology no matter how much that sounds like fun, but it is possible to get qualifications from the British Pyrotechnists’ Association, which is incredibly useful.

From there, you can find work in a number of different areas. From designing the fireworks themselves, to choreographing any firework display you can imagine. These displays can happen anywhere, from birthday parties to royal weddings, so there is room for growth and progression within the industry. You can even design the pyrotechnics for a rock band’s stage show, or orchestrate the explosions in a movie.

What would you be doing?

A lot of being a firework technician involves wiring the rockets into the rig, so that you can set fireworks off at the push of a button, while crawling around in the mud. It’s not a glamorous start to the day, but the real thrill of the job is seeing it come together at night, to see your work and your vision delighting an audience.

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You would also have to be well prepared for anything to go wrong, as well. Fireworks might fall over, be aimed slightly wrong, not go off at all or all go off at once. It’s up to you to make sure that everyone is kept safe and that you can adapt quickly and efficiently to any potential technical problems. You are playing with fire, after all. So don’t get too attached to your eyebrows.

Fireworks have come a long way, which is good, since they have existed now for about a millennium as one of the nicer early uses for gunpowder. This means that you can be much more visionary with your designs. Synchronising fireworks displays with songs and music is a popular display for more private functions, but you can still scale that up to performances at Wembley. Displays have even become popular during the day, with specialised fireworks that work well in the sunlight.

How do I start?

The best way to get things moving, is to get in touch with various firework display companies, as they will often be happy to bring you along to a show to see the pyrotechnics in action. It’s a good way of seeing if you think it’s right for you.

And since it’s fireworks day, if you’re over 18, why not pop out, buy a couple, and see if you can set up a great show in your garden to get a taste for it.

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And here’s a helpful interview with a senior display supervisor to hear what it’s like first-hand.

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Top 5: Mobile Phone Apps to Improve Your Working Life.

Smart phones have become a vital component of our everyday lives. They’re used so often, people would have forgotten what the front of their hand looks like, if it weren’t for FrontOfYourHand, the handy app to show you what your own hand looks like. There are, however, a number of fantastic apps that you can use to improve your productivity and general experience at work. If you’re going to keep your phone around with you all of the time, here are some great applications that you can download to improve your professional life.

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5. Duolingo. £Free. Android/iOS.

If you love the progression and feelings of accomplishment from playing a computer game, but hate not actually learning anything particularly useful, Duolingo is the perfect app for you. As the world of work shrinks, and business communicate all over the world, Duolingo makes it easy to learn new languages. It teaches you new languages, such as Spanish, Italian and German, quickly and effectively, with quizzes and challenges that make it fun, and experience points, that make your progress tangible. Duolingo will also motivate you by tracking your daily progress, so that you can easily make sure you are hitting your goals. The app is also free, so there isn’t really a reason not to download it.

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4. Sleep Cycle. £0.99 Android/iOS

Before you even get to work, one of the toughest challenges of the day can be waking up. Sleep Cycle cleverly monitors movement in your sleep using the phone’s accelerometer and gently wakes you up at the optimal and most natural point in your sleep schedule. You can wake up feeling fresher and more alert, which can also help with your job performance and is cheaper than your morning coffee! It also has a newly added feature which makes all sorts of soothing noises to help you get to sleep at night as well.

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3. CamCard. £Free. Android/iOS/Windows

A vital tool for any business person that gets a lot of business cards in their day to day life. If your wallet is stuffed full of business cards, or you keep finding them behind the sofa, CamCard is a vital app for you. Photograph cards, and they will be scanned into your phone. Or you can send a virtual business card to anyone, so you won’t have to carry around an enormous wodge of business cards wherever you go. Although you might miss out on any beveling or engraving. CamCard can also be accessed from any of your devices, and business cards can be organised and categorised so you won’t have any trouble accessing them later.

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2. Business Calendar. £Free or £4.99 for the premium version. Android only.

The name essentially describes the app perfectly. It’s a calendar with a simple, easy to read interface that makes it easier than ever to keep up with all of your appointments, in and out of work. It synchronises any calendars you have, such as Google Calendar, to keep all of your appointment information in one place. Colour coded entrants, and visual timelines can help you keep track of what you need to be doing each day, and there are all sorts of widgets and themes to make it personal to you.

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1. Evernote. £Free. Android/iOS/Windows

Evernote is chock-full of useful features to help you while you’re at work. Capture voice memos, brainstorm ideas with your co-workers, keep to-do lists with alerts, and a large number of other features that you’ll find yourself needing and using all of the time. You can also access your Evernote files from any machine, so you can keep working quickly with minimum fuss.

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