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Revealed: civils are happiest engineers

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CIVIL engineers are the happiest in their field, according to a job satisfaction survey out today (Thursday) in The Times' Careers section.

A total of 58% of civil engineers are always happy in their jobs and only 21% would consider leaving the profession, reveals the survey. Commercial engineers were the least happy.

More than 2,900 engineers across the world were surveyed for the newspaper by staffing specialist EPCglobal, to determine levels of job satisfaction.

Happy engineers claim it is the wide variety of projects offered by the civil engineering world that keeps them hooked, according to the results.

British engineers are the most miserable in the world with only 31% of them reporting being always happy. This compares with 77% of South Americans, 76% of Middle East/North Africans and 69% of Indians.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, retired engineers are the happiest of all, with 69% of over-65-year-olds always happy, compared with 45% of 21-to-25-year-olds.

Women are almost twice as likely as men to be mostly or always unhappy (13% verses 7%). Graduate-level engineers are more than twice as likely to be mostly or always unhappy as any other level (18%).

We can conclude then, that the happiest engineers are probably South American male senior executive engineers working in the civils sector and aged 66 or over. The unhappiest are female British graduate engineers aged between 21 and 25.

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