What common characteristic do many successful people in various fields of endeavor have in common? Recent research showed that it’s membership in a trade or professional association in their chosen field.The William E. Smith Institute for Association Research (funded by SmithBucklin) recently issued a report titled, “Where the Winners Meet — Why Happier, More Successful People Gravitate Toward Associations.”

Using new national survey data, the report shows that association members are more successful on average than non-members. The study concluded, “They earn more, they like their jobs better, and the data shows they are even happier people.” This is true even when other factors such as job category, education, age and gender are held constant. The income edge and higher job satisfaction with association membership still persists. (A copy of the report can be reviewed at www.smithbucklin.com.)

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