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Last night, on our way to a rather successful songwriting session (more on that later), David and I were talking about the election and America and eventually we started wondering aloud what percentage of Americans are actually happy in their day jobs. 10%? 30%? 5%? I flipped through my mental rolodex and came up with maybe 2 or 3 people who had day jobs that they were truly happy with (not counting people going back to school, or actors/musicians in non-unpleasant job situations). Anyway, I'm curious now, and I have the ability to make polls in a public forum, so here we go:

How's your day job?

I'm doing what I want to be doing, and I love it.
8(22.9%)
I'm doing what I want to be doing, but it's not quite what I thought it'd be like.
3(8.6%)
I'm not really doing what I want to be doing, but the people are nice and it's not a terribly unpleasant experience.
20(57.1%)
I'm not doing what I want to be doing, and I have no idea how to do what I'd rather be doing.
4(11.4%)
I hate my job and everything about it.
0(0.0%)

My situation was not listed in this poll, so I'm elaborating below.



The poll creator ate one of my entries, which was supposed to be "I don't like what I'm doing, but I don't even know what it is that I'd rather be doing." You can add that if you like.
Mine's really a combo of the bottom two, though I voted for the 4th option since at least I'm not being physically tortured. So far.

The poll creator ate one of my entries, which was supposed to be "I don't like what I'm doing, but I don't even know what it is that I'd rather be doing."
Your text box was too small for me to add:

...so I'm going to leave my day job and hide in a third world country for a couple of years until I figure it out.
I saw your thing about the Peace Corps. What I can tell you is that one of my best friends from childhood did the Peace Corps for about 3-4 years; she was in the Phillipines for most of it; she absolutely loved it. She's one of these crazy people that actually likes helping other people, it's wierd. I can put you in touch with her, if you have any questions.
If I were still at my job in IL, I'd go with option 1.

If I get the job I'm angling for right now, I'd be back at option 1.

So yeah, I've been pretty happy with my jobs. The only jobs I haven't liked are the ones with mandatory overtime and weekends.
The text entry box wasn't large enough for my reply, which was

"I'm not doing what I want to be doing, but it pays the bills for now and enables me to do what I really want to do eventually".
Oops
I was a bit click-happy there - didn't see the "Americans" part of the preamble. Consider mine a provisional vote?
To elaborate: just started a job which seems pleasant, and is in my field, but which isn't terribly exciting on a day-to-day basis. I don't love it, but I like it, and it's about what I expected.
I really love teaching. Really. It drains me completely sometimes, but I'm excited every day that I go to work. I still have all my sick days, never miss school and constantly think of other ways to be effective at my job. It's challenging and exciting and just right.

But I'm in the lucky minority.