Credit analysts are one of the least happy 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, credit analysts rate their career happiness 2.6 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 8% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy credit 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
Cost estimator
2.7
$65k
Revenue agent
2.7
$57k
Investment banker
2.7
$73k
Tax preparer
2.7
$46k
Credit counselor
2.6
$48k
Credit analyst
2.6
$77k
Customs broker
2.6
$75k
Accountant
2.6
$77k
Actuary
2.5
$106k
Sales representative
2.5
$62k

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

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

Are credit analysts happy with their salary?

Credit analysts rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most credit analysts having generally positive views of their salary.

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

3.0 out of 5 stars

570 credit analysts

5 Star
11%

11% of credit analysts rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of credit analysts rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
31%

31% of credit analysts rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of credit analysts rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of credit analysts rated their compensation 1 stars

Do credit analysts find their jobs meaningful?

On average, credit analysts rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.3/5. The majority of credit analysts struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

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

2.3 out of 5 stars

569 credit analysts

5 Star
6%

6% of credit analysts rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
12%

12% of credit analysts rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of credit analysts rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
28%

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

1 Star
32%

32% of credit analysts rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Credit analysts rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.3/5. The majority of credit analysts don’t see personality fit as a hinderence in their career.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

616 credit analysts

5 Star
19%

19% of credit analysts rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of credit analysts rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of credit analysts rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of credit analysts rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of credit analysts rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a credit analyst’s work environment?

As a whole, credit analysts rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.1/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

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

3.1 out of 5 stars

614 credit analysts

5 Star
15%

15% of credit analysts rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of credit analysts rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of credit analysts rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
19%

19% of credit analysts rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
12%

12% of credit analysts rated their work environment 1 stars

Are credit analysts making the best use of their abilities?

Former credit analysts on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.7/5. Credit analysts tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

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

2.7 out of 5 stars

620 credit analysts

5 Star
10%

10% of credit analysts rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of credit analysts rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of credit analysts rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of credit analysts rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
18%

18% of credit analysts rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars