Atmospheric scientists are about average in terms of happiness.

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, atmospheric scientists rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 49% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy atmospheric scientists 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
Geologist
3.3
$84k
Scientist
3.3
$87k
Geographer
3.2
$85k
Bioinformatics scientist
3.2
$83k
Soil and water conservationist
3.2
$64k
Atmospheric scientist
3.2
$95k
Industrial ecologist
3.2
$77k
Meteorologist
3.2
$43k
Molecular biologist
3.2
$83k
Materials scientist
3.2
$100k

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

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

Are atmospheric scientists happy with their salary?

Atmospheric scientists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.6/5. The majority of atmospheric scientists are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

We asked atmospheric scientists how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

18 atmospheric scientists

5 Star
17%

17% of atmospheric scientists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
44%

44% of atmospheric scientists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of atmospheric scientists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of atmospheric scientists rated their compensation 2 stars

Do atmospheric scientists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, atmospheric scientists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.0/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked atmospheric scientists how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

18 atmospheric scientists

5 Star
6%

6% of atmospheric scientists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
39%

39% of atmospheric scientists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of atmospheric scientists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
6%

6% of atmospheric scientists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
22%

22% of atmospheric scientists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as atmospheric scientists?

Atmospheric scientists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.7/5. The majority of atmospheric scientists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked atmospheric scientists how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

19 atmospheric scientists

5 Star
21%

21% of atmospheric scientists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
42%

42% of atmospheric scientists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
32%

32% of atmospheric scientists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of atmospheric scientists rated their career fit 2 stars

How enjoyable is an atmospheric scientist’s work environment?

As a whole, atmospheric scientists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.2/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

We asked atmospheric scientists how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

18 atmospheric scientists

5 Star
17%

17% of atmospheric scientists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of atmospheric scientists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
17%

17% of atmospheric scientists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of atmospheric scientists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
17%

17% of atmospheric scientists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are atmospheric scientists making the best use of their abilities?

Former atmospheric scientists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.4/5. Most atmospheric scientists surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as an atmospheric scientist, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked atmospheric scientists how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

19 atmospheric scientists

5 Star
21%

21% of atmospheric scientists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
37%

37% of atmospheric scientists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
11%

11% of atmospheric scientists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of atmospheric scientists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of atmospheric scientists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars