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Property Management Second "Happiest Job in America,"
Recent Survey Reports

Includes 100 Predictions

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Chicago, April 5, 2012 - Citing the work that they do and the people they work with as the main drivers of their happiness, property managers ranked No. 2 - tied with executive chefs and surpassed only by software quality assurance engineers - in a recent survey conducted by the online jobs site to determine the 20 happiest careers in America. Property managers have had the added distinction in recent years of appearing twice in CNN’s and Money magazine’s annual ranking of the 50 "Best Jobs in America."

According to IREM 2012 President James A. Evans, CPM, “Being in a rewarding career and operating in a collegial work environment truly is a winning combination for those in any job sector. Property managers, now recognized again as among the happiest of workers, enjoy the many benefits of this happiness in their jobs. Experts tell us that happy workers are more creative, efficient, healthy, and congenial with clients and colleagues. They are better communicators, higher energy and more committed to their jobs. We would welcome others to share our happiness as property managers.”

Added Renee Savage, CPM, chair of IREM’s Student and Academic Outreach Advisory Board, “the CareerBliss and CNN and Money magazine rankings as they relate to property managers provide great ammunition for IREM’s active college outreach program to attract more of the best and the brightest students to fulfilling careers in our profession.”

The careers that made the “happiest jobs in America” list were based on an analysis by CareerBliss of more than 100,400 employee-generated reviews between February 2011 and January 2012. Employees were asked to rate 10 factors that affect workplace happiness, including one’s relationship with the boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and control over the work one does on a daily basis. The employees valued each factor on a five-point scale, and also indicated how important it was to their overall happiness at work. The numbers were combined to find an average rating of overall employee happiness for each respondent, and then sorted by job titled to find which occupations had the happiest workers.  A minimum of 50 employee reviews was required to be considered for CareerBliss’ 20 Happiest Jobs in America, and executive level jobs, like chief executive, were excluded from the study,


The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is an international community of real estate managers across all property types dedicated to ethical business practices and maximizing the value of investment real estate. An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, IREM has been a trusted source for knowledge, advocacy and networking for the real estate management community for more than 80 years.

IREM is the only professional real estate management association serving both the multi-family and commercial real estate sectors and has 80 U.S. chapters, 14 international chapters, and several other partnerships around the globe. Worldwide membership includes nearly 18,000 individual members and over 535 corporate members.

IREM promotes ethical real estate management practices through its credentialed membership programs, including the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation, the Accredited Residential Manager (ARM) certification, the Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) certification, and the Accredited Management Organization (AMO) accreditation. These esteemed credentials certify competence and professionalism for those engaged in real estate management. IREM also offers CPM Candidate, Associate, Student, and Academic memberships. All members are bound by the strictly enforced IREM Code of Professional Ethics.

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