Business analysts are below average when it comes to 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, business analysts rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 32% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy business analysts 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
Statistician
3.2
$96k
Operations manager
3.1
$98k
Marketing manager
3.1
$135k
Economist
3.1
$106k
Project manager
3.1
$55k
Business analyst
3.0
$93k
Treasurer
3.0
$132k
Financial manager
3.0
$132k
Market research analyst
2.9
$64k
Fraud analyst
2.9
$73k

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

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

Are business analysts happy with their salary?

Business analysts rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.4/5. The majority of business analysts are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

We asked business analysts how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

2618 business analysts

5 Star
17%

17% of business analysts rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of business analysts rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of business analysts rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of business analysts rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of business analysts rated their compensation 1 stars

Do business analysts find their jobs meaningful?

On average, business analysts rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.6/5. While most business analysts aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

We asked business analysts how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.6 out of 5 stars

2617 business analysts

5 Star
8%

8% of business analysts rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of business analysts rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of business analysts rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
28%

28% of business analysts rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
23%

23% of business analysts rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as business analysts?

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

We asked business analysts how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

2928 business analysts

5 Star
24%

24% of business analysts rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
40%

40% of business analysts rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of business analysts rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of business analysts rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of business analysts rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a business analyst’s work environment?

As a whole, business analysts rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. A solid majority of business analysts enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a business analyst.

We asked business analysts how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

2909 business analysts

5 Star
18%

18% of business analysts rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of business analysts rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of business analysts rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of business analysts rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of business analysts rated their work environment 1 stars

Are business analysts making the best use of their abilities?

Former business analysts on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.1/5. Most business analysts are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked business analysts how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

2927 business analysts

5 Star
12%

12% of business analysts rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of business analysts rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of business analysts rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of business analysts rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of business analysts rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars