Data 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, data scientists rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 43% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy data 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
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So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

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

Are data scientists happy with their salary?