Not Just a Job: New Evidence on the Quality of Work in the United States
Gallup recently released findings from a survey of U.S. workers that measures job quality based on more than income and benefits, such as stable pay, job security, and sense of purpose. The study finds that just 40 percent of employed Americans are in good jobs. Those who started college but did not earn a degree were the least likely to report being in good jobs, whereas workers with doctorates were the most likely. The results also reveal that job quality is closely related to quality of life: 79 percent of workers in good jobs have an overall high quality of life, compared to 63 percent in mediocre jobs and only 32 percent in bad jobs.