But even at both extremes, artists still rank their job satisfaction higher than those who do other work. Why? Because being an artist means you avoid Office Space–like boredom and inanity. Artists pick their work, learn new skills, are encouraged to be creative and can make their own decisions. The researchers boil this all down to the amount of autonomy artists have compared to the rest of us.
So while it might be fun to mock artists from your cubicle, they’re having the last laugh.