Drill press operators 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, drill press operators rate their career happiness 2.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 3% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy drill press operators 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
Glazier
2.6
$44k
Fork lift operator
2.5
$35k
Metal worker
2.5
$33k
Machine assembler
2.4
$39k
Petroleum pump system operator
2.3
$74k
Drill press operator
2.3
$39k
Molding and casting worker
2.3
$34k
Dyeing machine operator
2.2
$29k
Machine feeder
2.1
$29k

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

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

Are drill press operators happy with their salary?