Plumbers – Officially The Happiest Profession

It appears you made the right choice when you decided to become a plumber!

In a survey, 55% of plumbers said they were ‘very happy’ in life. This put them way ahead in the happiness index because builders were next on 38%.

The survey was commissioned by Boundless, an experiences company with a 94-year heritage that aimed to uncover the secrets to happiness by finding out who is happy, both at home and at work, and what makes them feel good about themselves and their lives.

Ian Holmes-Lewis, Director at Boundless, said:

“Plumbers are clearly happy people! Perhaps being their own boss plays a part in that, especially as builders and property developers were high on the list as well.

“But it was also interesting to see plumbers ranked highly in our survey for quality of sleep and physical activity.

“On top of that, 64 per cent said they often tried new experiences, which placed them second in that particular table.

“It goes to show that it is not only experiences in the workplace which determine how happy people are in work. Making the most of life outside of work can have a big impact, too.”

Other key results included:

  • The most miserable workers were those in advertising – with 42% saying they are unhappy in life.
  • By comparison, plumbers are not only happy in life but also in work. Not a single plumber said they were ‘unhappy’ in their job.
  • Those who work in customer service were bottom of the work happiness index – 29% said they were unhappy in work. Lawyers came out badly, too, on 28% .
  • Property developers, on 57%, and electricians, on 50%, were the happiest in work.
  • In the public sector, a fifth of police officers were unhappy in work.
  • Those in the public sector are less happy than counterparts in the private sector – with 15% saying they are unhappy at work compared to 13%.

The Boundless Happiness Index
Very happy in life 

  1. Plumbers 55%
  2. Builders 38%
  3. Marketing 36%
  4. Taxi and lorry drivers 32%
  5. Bankers 32%
  6. Doctors 31%

Very happy in work

  1. Property developers 57%
  2. Electricians 50%
  3. Advertising 42%
  4. Sport and leisure 40%
  5. IT 34%

Unhappy or very unhappy in life

  1. Advertising 42%
  2. Social worker 22%
  3. Police 21%
  4. Chef 21%
  5. Farming 20%
  6. Sports & leisure%

Unhappy or very unhappy in work

  1. Customer service 32%
  2. Lawyer 28%
  3. Police 21%
  4. Chef 21%
  5. Charity worker 20%

6 thoughts on “Plumbers – Officially The Happiest Profession”

  1. Definitely in Summer it’s enjoyable, can be a bit of a slog being outdoors on colder winter mornings.
    Cheers Ian from Australia

  2. haha.. We have a plumbing business… and are pretty happy. Our daughter works in advertising… and put it this way: she’s looking for a change! Great article… keep them coming

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