Most Workers Not in Their Dream Jobs, USA Network Poll Finds
Released alongside the premier of USA Network’s new reality series The Moment, a USA Network poll has found that only a small number of Americans classify their jobs as “dream jobs.” In fact, 79 percent of American workers do not think that their jobs reflect their career passions. What’s more, 83 percent of respondents reported that they would quickly leave their current jobs if given a chance to land their dream occupation. A full eight out of ten Americans have thought about changing their careers as 86 percent reported to be working to survive while just 13 percent said that they live to work.
“These findings reflect that many Americans feel trapped in their jobs,” said legendary Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner, who is the host of The Moment. “As someone who went from working in a grocery store to ultimately becoming an NFL quarterback, I encourage everybody to follow their dreams. The key to being happy in your job – and life – is to find your passion and live it. It’s never too late to rewrite your life story.”
The poll found that over half of American workers are too afraid to switch careers and 42 percent cite family obligations as an unpassable obstacle for pursuing a dream career. Older women were found to most likely be too afraid to switch careers (61 percent) while younger men were least likely (48 percent). Young men were found to also be most likely (89 percent) to take their dream job should it be offered.
The most desirable jobs Americans reported in the survey included: pro athlete (11 percent), actor (10 percent), CEO (10 percent), and chef (9 percent). The occupations of teacher, pilot, artist, and doctor each garnered 8 percent of the vote.