In Rise of the Creative Class I posed the question of the machine shop and the hair salon, asking a group of my students in which profession they would rather work. A recent UK survey (h/t: Charlotta Mellander) suggests my students are a very smart bunch.
- Hairdressers are undoubtedly the UK’s happiest profession, ranking in the top two positions in every year except 2006 when they were usurped by DJs! Beauty therapists have also ranked highly, in
the top three for the last four years of the survey.
- Both (hairdressers and beauty therapists) attributed their contentment to strong relationships with their colleagues. Salon professionals also value having an interest in what they do for a living, which 100% of hairdressers believe is important to on-the-job happiness.
It’s worth asking what it is about jobs like hair-cutting, cosmetology, and DJing that make people happy. And as I argued in Rise, there’s a lot we can learn from these jobs to upgrade the happiness quotient of other forms of work.