Is Your Paycheck Worth Your Sanity?

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4 Min Quiz

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Think you've found the perfect job? Are you sure about that? Take this quiz and see if you can spot the red flags that tell you that this may not be the perfect position for you.

Working long hours is bad for your sanity--and your mood. Clocking out close to midnight can increase your risk for depression by how much?

It's pretty obvious that working late into the night takes its toll on your stress level, but British researchers found that working an 11-hour day more than doubles your risk for depression compared to working a more traditional eight-hour day.

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Working late might also increase your risk of heart disease by what percentage?

Researchers don't know if it's the long hours themselves, or the byproducts of working late (eating badly or a lack of exercise), but either way working late is bad for your heart. Those late hours at the office ups your heart disease risk by a whopping 67 percent.

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According to the Jobs Rated report, which of these was the worst job of 2011?

If you're not familiar with the term, a roustabout is the guy (or girl) who maintains oil rigs and pipelines. It's dirty, dangerous and downright disgusting.

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What percentage of Americans say work is a major source of their stress?

Three-quarters of Americans cite their work as one of the biggest contributors to their stress, and more than half said their productivity suffered as a result.

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And how much does on-the-job stress cost employers each year?

Job stress doesn't just affect employees. When workers are out sick because of stress, their companies suffer, too -- to the tune of some $300 billion annually.

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What percentage of employees in the U.S. are happy with their jobs?

Job satisfaction is way down -- less than half of employees in the U.S. are happy at work -- which may have at least something to do with a stagnant economy and fewer promising prospects.

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Which age group is least happy with their jobs?

Young people surveyed -- especially those under the age of 25 -- have expressed the greatest dissatisfaction with their jobs.

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In which of these fields might you expect to find the greatest satisfaction with your paycheck?

According to a government survey, science and technology jobs pay more than other occupations. They also grow at three times the rate of positions in other industries.

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This job, which involves compiling and analyzing statistics, has been ranked by The Wall Street Journal as one of the very best career choices.

With solid job security and a salary close to the six figures, actuaries have it made.

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Horrible bosses are one reason people are miserable at work. What percentage of employees surveyed said their boss had actually invaded their privacy?

Nearly a quarter of employees (24 percent) say their boss had invaded their privacy. Horrible bosses are also guilty of talking negatively about employees about their backs, and giving their direct reports the "silent treatment."

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