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Most U.S. workers not living the dream

Abridged: MSNBC

NEW YORK, NY -- More than four out of five U.S. workers do not have their dream jobs, which most people describe as work that is fun, according to a survey released Thursday. Overall, 84 percent of respondents said they are not in their dream jobs, the study found.

Asked what they had wanted to be as adults when they were children, 22 percent of people surveyed said firefighter, 17 percent said princess and 16 percent said professional dancer. An equal number of people -- 14 percent -- wanted to be cowboy or president.

Salary was one of the least important requirements of a dream job, cited by just 12 percent of respondents in the survey by CareerBuilder.com. Having fun at a dream job was cited by 39 percent as most important, with 17 percent saying making a difference in society was most important, the survey showed. "That fun was more important than money, that was reassuring when you're looking at the workplace and what defines happiness for people in their jobs," said Jennifer Sullivan, spokeswoman for CareerBuilder.com.

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