Are you a rocket-scientist who now wishes you'd become a teacher? A titan of the manufacturing world who longs to give up the corner office for a career as a classical pianist?

You're not alone if you have regrets about your career choice. Two studies quantify how many workers out there wish they'd taken the other fork in the road.

Philips North America surveyed 1,000 U.S. workers on a variety of job satisfaction topics. What made the Philips survey different was that respondents were asked whether they felt their personal interests were allowed to shine through in their jobs. Turns out if the answer to that is "yes," then folks are much happier at work and have fewer career choice regrets.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.