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The social science guide to picking a career you'll love

What the best scientific research tells us is that we often look for the wrong things in job searches: what we think will make us happy at work is very different from what will actually make us happy. It's little wonder, then, that over half of Americans are unhappy with their jobs.

So here’s a summary of what really does and doesn’t matter for job satisfaction, according to the evidence.

1) Don’t worry too much about the salary

Research suggests that obsessing over your paycheck is misguided: a meta-analysis of around 100 studies found that there’s only a very weak relationship between pay and job satisfaction.

The evidence on how money…

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