Environmental 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, environmental technicians rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 22% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy environmental 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
Biotechnician
3.1
$48k
Food science technologist
3.1
$78k
Occupational health specialist
2.9
$73k
Chemist
2.9
$79k
Environmental technician
2.9
$46k
Food safety and quality technician
2.9
$36k
Quality assurance analyst
2.8
$41k
Environmental consultant
2.8
$77k

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

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

Are environmental technicians happy with their salary?

Environmental technicians rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most environmental technicians having generally positive views of their salary.

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

3.0 out of 5 stars

126 environmental technicians

5 Star
11%

11% of environmental technicians rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of environmental technicians rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of environmental technicians rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of environmental technicians rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of environmental technicians rated their compensation 1 stars

Do environmental technicians find their jobs meaningful?

On average, environmental technicians rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.8/5. While most environmental technicians aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

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

2.8 out of 5 stars

126 environmental technicians

5 Star
10%

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

4 Star
15%

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

3 Star
33%

33% of environmental technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
29%

29% of environmental technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of environmental technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Environmental technicians rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.8/5. The majority of environmental technicians find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.8 out of 5 stars

125 environmental technicians

5 Star
26%

26% of environmental technicians rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of environmental technicians rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of environmental technicians rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
6%

6% of environmental technicians rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of environmental technicians rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an environmental technician’s work environment?

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

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

3.5 out of 5 stars

123 environmental technicians

5 Star
18%

18% of environmental technicians rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of environmental technicians rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of environmental technicians rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of environmental technicians rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of environmental technicians rated their work environment 1 stars

Are environmental technicians making the best use of their abilities?

Former environmental technicians on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.8/5. Environmental technicians tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

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

2.8 out of 5 stars

125 environmental technicians

5 Star
7%

7% of environmental technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of environmental technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
32%

32% of environmental technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
29%

29% of environmental technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of environmental technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars