Steve Jobs and Warren Buffet, More Popular than Snooki

Jobs, Buffett, and Snooki In an affirmation of American taste, a recent survey on the outlook of American workers for 2011 reveals that no matter how many people watch MTV's 'Jersey Shore,' they'd still rather be Steve Jobs or Warren Buffet. The self-proclaimed "Guidette" is a bit more popular with those who haven't graduated high school, however.

That's just one fun fact from a survey recently taken by Adecco Staffing US, a recruitment and work force solutions provider. They also found that regardless of the lagging recovery figures, American workers are feeling better and looking to move ahead in 2011. The results reveal that you can't keep a good American worker down for long.

Compared to 2010, more people are planning on asking for a raise, looking for a new job, and pursuing additional education. On the flip side, only 2 percent of working Americans think the efforts of the current administration to get people back to work are sufficient.

Key survey findings include:

Steve Jobs & Warren Buffet Tie for most sought-after jobs -- Snooki's, not so much

More than a third (34 percent) of Americans would want either Steve Jobs' position (as CEO of Apple) or Warren Buffet's role (as Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway). Unsurprising perhaps, is that most don't envy the life of a celebrity reality star -- only 3 percent would want MTV reality star Snooki's job. However, of those respondents who didn't complete high school, 15 percent would want her job.

There's a renewed sense of confidence among employees to ask for more in 2011

While only 9 percent of Americans asked for a raise, bonus, or promotion in 2010, this year that figure will more than double, with a fifth (20 percent) of people expecting to ask for these rewards.

More people will be pursuing additional education

In 2010 only a fifth (21 percent) of Americans pursued additional education for the purpose of career advancement, but in the year ahead more than a third (35 percent) plan to do so. Interestingly, among those with children, 46 percent plan to pursue additional education and training in the year ahead, compared to just over a quarter (29 percent) of those without kids.

More American workers will be looking for and starting a new job in 2011

More than a quarter (27 percent) looked for a job last year, and that number is up – as 30 percent plan to do so in 2011.

Men more than woman are looking to make a move

Generally speaking, in 2011 men are more likely to look for a job (38 percent compared to 21 percent), planning to start a new job (34 percent compared to 22 percent) and expecting a raise, bonus, or promotion in the year ahead, as compared with female respondents (41 percent compared to 29 percent).

Job security and health benefits outweigh salary and work-life balance

When asked which job feature is most important to them, workers said it was job security (21 percent). Health benefits came in second place (20 percent), higher than work life balance (14 percent), salary (14 percent) and financial / retirement benefits (11 percent).

Americans think tax policies most need to change to get Americans back to work

Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) believe that President Obama needs to change current tax policies to encourage businesses to hire. In addition, 71 percent feel strongly that offering more education and training options for the unemployed is the way to go. In third place, 68 percent feel Obama should offer more incentives / tax breaks to help encourage businesses to hire. Half (51 percent) of 18-34 year-olds favor a New Deal-like public works project, whereas only 41 percent of those aged 35-plus do.

Of all those polled, only 2 percent think the efforts to get Americans back to work currently in place are having the desired effect.

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