Older Workers Are Far More Satisfied With Their Jobs

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Oct. 27 2013 2:44 PM

Older Workers Are Far More Satisfied With Their Jobs Than the Young

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It seems counterintuitive. After all, newspapers and websites are awash with articles giving advice on how to retire early, not to mention that stories about older workers are usually tied with tales of woe about being forced to earn a paycheck to make ends meet. But it turns out that the older you get, the more likely you are to find satisfaction in your job. According to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research study,  9 in 10 workers who are older than 50 say they are very or somewhat satisfied with their job.

The amount of satisfaction people get from their jobs appears to increase steadily as we age. For example, while a little more than 80 percent of those under 30 say they are very or moderately satisfied with their jobs, that number rises to 92 for those 65 and older. More striking though is the differences between those who say they derive deep satisfaction from their job, a number that is at 38 percent for young adults, but soars to 63 percent for those older than 65.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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