Animal breeders 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 breeders rate their career happiness 4.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 8% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy animal breeders 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
Equestrian
4.1
$22k
Zoologist
4.1
$65k
Animal breeder
4.0
$40k
Beekeeper
3.9
$29k
Dog trainer
3.9
$26k

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

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

Are animal breeders happy with their salary?

Animal breeders rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.3/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most animal breeders having generally positive views of their salary.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

60 animal breeders

5 Star
32%

32% of animal breeders rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
13%

13% of animal breeders rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of animal breeders rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of animal breeders rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of animal breeders rated their compensation 1 stars

Do animal breeders find their jobs meaningful?

On average, animal breeders rate the meaningfulness of their work a 4.0/5. Unlike many careers, animal breeders have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become animal breeders.

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

4.0 out of 5 stars

59 animal breeders

5 Star
51%

51% of animal breeders rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
17%

17% of animal breeders rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of animal breeders rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of animal breeders rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of animal breeders rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Animal breeders rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.3/5. The majority of animal breeders find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

4.3 out of 5 stars

65 animal breeders

5 Star
60%

60% of animal breeders rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of animal breeders rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
11%

11% of animal breeders rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
6%

6% of animal breeders rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of animal breeders rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an animal breeder’s work environment?

As a whole, animal breeders rated their enjoyment of their work environment 4.1/5. A solid majority of animal breeders enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as an animal breeder.

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

4.1 out of 5 stars

65 animal breeders

5 Star
52%

52% of animal breeders rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of animal breeders rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
14%

14% of animal breeders rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of animal breeders rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of animal breeders rated their work environment 1 stars

Are animal breeders making the best use of their abilities?

Former animal breeders on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.5/5. Most animal breeders surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as an animal breeder, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

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

3.5 out of 5 stars

63 animal breeders

5 Star
32%

32% of animal breeders rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of animal breeders rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of animal breeders rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
11%

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

1 Star
13%

13% of animal breeders rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars