Animal behavioural specialists are one of the happiest careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, animal behavioural specialists rate their career happiness 3.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 16% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy animal behavioural specialists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Animal breeder
4.0
$40k
Beekeeper
3.9
$29k
Dog trainer
3.9
$26k
Aquarist
3.8
$28k
Animal caretaker
3.7
$29k
Zoo educator
3.7
$25k
Veterinarian
3.7
$100k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are animal behavioural specialists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do animal behavioural specialists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as animal behavioural specialists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are animal behavioural specialist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are animal behavioural specialists making the best use of their abilities?

Are animal behavioural specialists happy with their salary?

Animal behavioural specialists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most animal behavioural specialists having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked animal behavioural specialists how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

38 animal behavioural specialists

5 Star
11%

11% of animal behavioural specialists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
32%

32% of animal behavioural specialists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of animal behavioural specialists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of animal behavioural specialists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of animal behavioural specialists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do animal behavioural specialists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, animal behavioural specialists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 4.1/5. Unlike many careers, animal behavioural specialists have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become animal behavioural specialists.

We asked animal behavioural specialists how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

40 animal behavioural specialists

5 Star
45%

45% of animal behavioural specialists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of animal behavioural specialists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of animal behavioural specialists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
3%

3% of animal behavioural specialists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of animal behavioural specialists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as animal behavioural specialists?

Animal behavioural specialists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.0/5. The majority of animal behavioural specialists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked animal behavioural specialists how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.0 out of 5 stars

45 animal behavioural specialists

5 Star
36%

36% of animal behavioural specialists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
38%

38% of animal behavioural specialists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of animal behavioural specialists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
2%

2% of animal behavioural specialists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of animal behavioural specialists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an animal behavioural specialist’s work environment?

As a whole, animal behavioural specialists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.7/5. A solid majority of animal behavioural specialists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as an animal behavioural specialist.

We asked animal behavioural specialists how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

46 animal behavioural specialists

5 Star
28%

28% of animal behavioural specialists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of animal behavioural specialists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of animal behavioural specialists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of animal behavioural specialists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of animal behavioural specialists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are animal behavioural specialists making the best use of their abilities?

Former animal behavioural specialists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.7/5. Most animal behavioural specialists surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as an animal behavioural specialist, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked animal behavioural specialists how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

45 animal behavioural specialists

5 Star
27%

27% of animal behavioural specialists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of animal behavioural specialists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of animal behavioural specialists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of animal behavioural specialists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of animal behavioural specialists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars