Biologists 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, biologists rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 42% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy biologists 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
Natural sciences manager
3.4
$129k
Hydrologist
3.4
$81k
Forester
3.4
$62k
Biologist
3.3
$69k
Biostatistician
3.3
$91k
Biochemist
3.3
$87k
Geodesist
3.3
$63k

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

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

Are biologists happy with their salary?