Chemical technicians 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, chemical technicians rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 28% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy chemical technicians 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
Molecular biologist
3.2
$83k
Materials scientist
3.2
$100k
Biotechnician
3.1
$48k
Microbiologist
3.1
$79k
Power plant operator
3.0
$81k
Chemical technician
2.9
$49k
Occupational health specialist
2.9
$73k
Chemist
2.9
$79k
Medical appliance technician
2.9
$45k
Medical laboratory technician
2.9
$31k

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

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

Are chemical technicians happy with their salary?

Chemical technicians rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.9/5. Chemical technicians tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked chemical technicians how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.9 out of 5 stars

453 chemical technicians

5 Star
11%

11% of chemical technicians rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of chemical technicians rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of chemical technicians rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
23%

23% of chemical technicians rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of chemical technicians rated their compensation 1 stars

Do chemical technicians find their jobs meaningful?

On average, chemical technicians rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.5/5. The majority of chemical technicians struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

We asked chemical technicians how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.5 out of 5 stars

455 chemical technicians

5 Star
10%

10% of chemical technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
15%

15% of chemical technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of chemical technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of chemical technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
26%

26% of chemical technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as chemical technicians?

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

We asked chemical technicians how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

456 chemical technicians

5 Star
23%

23% of chemical technicians rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
39%

39% of chemical technicians rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of chemical technicians rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of chemical technicians rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of chemical technicians rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a chemical technician’s work environment?

As a whole, chemical technicians rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.5/5. A solid majority of chemical technicians enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a chemical technician.

We asked chemical technicians how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

458 chemical technicians

5 Star
20%

20% of chemical technicians rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
34%

34% of chemical technicians rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of chemical technicians rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
12%

12% of chemical technicians rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of chemical technicians rated their work environment 1 stars

Are chemical technicians making the best use of their abilities?

Former chemical technicians on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.9/5. Chemical technicians tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

We asked chemical technicians how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.9 out of 5 stars

458 chemical technicians

5 Star
14%

14% of chemical technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of chemical technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of chemical technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of chemical technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
17%

17% of chemical technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars