Monday, January 4, 2016

Job satisfaction of orchestra musicians

The orchestra musician's plight caught the interest of Harvard researcher Richard Hackman, who was studying the job satisfaction of workers employed in a variety of industries. Orchestral musicians were near the bottom, scoring lower in job satisfaction and overall happiness than airline flight attendants, mental health treatment teams, beer salesmen government economic analysts, and even federal prison guards. Only operating room nurses and semiconductor fabrication teams scored lower than these musicians.
Blair Tindall, Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music (New York: Grove Press, 2005), p. 215 (citing Paul R. Judy, "Life and Work in Symphony Orchestras: An Interview with J. Richard Hackman," Harmony, April 1996, p. 8)

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