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POLL: We want a career change

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According to a recent survey, a vast majority of us really don't like our jobs to the point we want entirely different careers.

The numbers are highest for the youngest workers, but still surprisingly high for people in their 40s.

Harris did a survey of 16,000 people for the University of Phoenix, and found 80 percent of 20-somethings want to switch careers, 64 percent of 30-somethings and 54 percent of 40-somethings. While the survey's motivation was to encourage unsatisfied workers to go back to school, the results may serve to accurately represent the rest of the population.

Their reasons for dissatisfaction vary from wage woes to no sense of future, or the job simply doesn't bring any joy.

FOX 9 trolled Minnesota communities for malcontent employees, and found some interesting results throughout the metro. Many of them seemed content because they didn't want to succumb to their true feelings on TV – however, some of them truly did enjoy their jobs.

Some said the company you work for, your co-workers and overall work environment all attribute to a happy, healthy occupation.

"We are lucky we have an awesome boss, and we work for a great company and we get to wear what we want and the hours are somewhat flexible as long as you get done what you need to get done," one employee said.

In Minneapolis, 30-somethings were more reluctant to reveal their feelings, except for Ben, who believes only 25 percent of his demographic is content.

"I am very happy. Yeah. It's just the unknown -- not knowing what could be next, what's going to be in the future," he said.

For many people, wrapping up an education and still finding a lackluster career can be very daunting.

At Lake Calhoun, Dan is in his mid-20s and things most people in his age group are unhappy with their jobs.

"I was unhappy with where I saw my career going. The amount I was giving in wasn't equal to the amount of personal enjoyment I was getting out," he said.

One other interesting number: Only 20 percent of small business owners like their career.

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