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31/03/2014 15:00 BST | Updated 31/03/2014 15:00 BST
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Although it might be tempting to assume that a new career will make you happy, there's more to feeling satisfied at work than your job title.

Research suggests that when it comes to judging our own happiness, small changes can make a huge difference to our comfort levels.

According to psychologists, there are many common factors that lead to everyday misery.

For example, employees are surprisingly irritated by minor irritations, such as administration glitches. We prefer life to be smooth sailing once we hit our desks.

We also crave acknowledgement for our work. No matter what our roles, every person in the team wants to leave the office with a sense of achievement. And, even if the feedback's negative, psychologists suggest we'd always rather hear something rather than nothing from our managers.

Then, there's the other big factor: control.

"You may have certain tasks you have to do, but how you do them should be up to you. The more control people perceive in how they carry out their job, the more satisfaction they experience," says psyblog.

"Psychologists have found that people who work in jobs where they have little latitude—at every level—find their work very stressful and consequently unsatisfying."

Huffington Post blogger and human resources executive Louis Efron underlines that people need to feel they are adding value to something bigger than themselves.

"If they don't, a lack of self-worth will quickly lead to depression and disengagement."

According to Efron, there's no reason to suffer in silence. Go and seek out your boss if you are not feeling connected to the mission and purpose of your organisation, he suggests.

Last year, a City & Guilds survey of more than 1,000 18 to 24-year-olds found that 63% were happy in their jobs, with those who were both academically and vocationally trained the most happy (73%).

Four fifths of young people said their happiness affected them in the work place, and getting on with colleagues (33%) and feeling appreciated (31%) were the biggest contributors to happiness at work.

Efron adds: "You don't need to change jobs to find happiness if you feel you are adding value to your organisation and those around you. If other working conditions are not quite right, it is worth talking to your manager or HR to try to get them resolved before quitting.

"However, no matter how great everything else is, if you can't see the value you bring to your company, you will never be truly happy or engaged in your work and you need to move to a better place for the sake of everyone -- most importantly you!"

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If you truly think you need to move on, then you might be surprised to find out which jobs are currently moving up the 'most popular' ranks.

Last year, job search engine Adzuna analysed more than 2,000 job titles for the three best jobs in the UK. The company's data revealed that Britain's most fulfilling careers are: translator, surgeon and web developer.

Jobs were rated according to factors such as job security, pay and income growth potential.

At the other end of the scale were miners, builder's labourers and couriers, which all ranked low due to their low pay, pressurised work environment and risk factor.

According to City & Guilds latest survey, these 10 jobs are those most likely to make young people happy.