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Wall Streeters Lament Path Not Taken as Job Satisfaction Slides

  • Almost a third ages 35 to 45 would pick a different career
  • Survey finds medical profession is among the most coveted

If they could do it all over again, almost a third of Wall Street traders and investment bankers in their prime would pick a different profession.

Bonuses crimped by regulation and choppy markets, long hours and job security threatened by cost-cutting have taken a toll on finance job satisfaction: 30 percent of investment bankers and 32 percent of traders ages 35 to 45 said they would’ve gone into a different trade, according to New York-based recruiter Options Group. The firm reached 1,467 workers in the U.S., Asia and Europe in a survey completed this month.