Manufacturing workers are among the unhappiest people in the job world, according to the results of a new survey by Monster.com.
A whopping 47 percent of manufacturing workers responding to the survey said they were dissatisfied with their jobs. The only job occupation with a higher percentage of dissatisfied workers was clerical/administrative, at 49 percent.
Not surprisingly, manufacturing ranked near the bottom in terms of job satisfaction, with 22 percent of factory workers indicating that they were satisfied with their jobs. The customer-service field ranked last, at 21 percent.
In the survey of nearly 6,000 registered Monster.com users, conducted in January and February, the manufacturing profession had the highest percentage of unemployed people, at 60 percent.
Of those respondents seeking a job in manufacturing, only 34 percent expressed confidence in securing a new position, while 74 percent said it's more challenging to find a job now than it was a year ago.
On the bright side, 49 percent of manufacturing workers agreed that there are more job openings now than a year ago.
The best prospects for finding manufacturing jobs are in the pharmaceutical industry, which ranked No. 1 for hiring manufacturing workers.
The semiconductor industry ranked second, followed by radio and TV broadcasting/wireless-communications equipment.
"Manufacturing jobs on Monster are viewed close to 3 million times every month, indicating substantial interest from industry workers," said Jeffrey Quinn, vice president of Monster's Global Insights. "Maybe finding the right job is just a matter of bringing their talents to another industry in need."
Based on the survey results, Houston was the top market for manufacturing jobs, followed by New York City; Los Angeles; Tulsa, Okla.; Cleveland; Milwaukee; Chicago; Dallas; Phoenix; and Portland, Ore.