Exercise physiologists 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, exercise physiologists rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 42% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy exercise physiologists 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
Health educator
3.5
$61k
Physical education teacher
3.5
$72k
Fitness coordinator
3.5
$91k
Nurse educator
3.4
$77k
Athletic trainer
3.3
$48k
Exercise physiologist
3.3
$48k
Kinesiologist
3.3
$31k
Physical therapist
3.3
$96k
Radiation therapist
3.2
$83k
Community health worker
3.2
$47k

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

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

Are exercise physiologists happy with their salary?

Exercise physiologists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.7/5. Exercise physiologists tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked exercise physiologists how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.7 out of 5 stars

263 exercise physiologists

5 Star
6%

6% of exercise physiologists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
17%

17% of exercise physiologists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
35%

35% of exercise physiologists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
25%

25% of exercise physiologists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
17%

17% of exercise physiologists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do exercise physiologists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, exercise physiologists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.3/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked exercise physiologists how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

267 exercise physiologists

5 Star
16%

16% of exercise physiologists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of exercise physiologists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of exercise physiologists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of exercise physiologists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of exercise physiologists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as exercise physiologists?

Exercise physiologists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.9/5. The majority of exercise physiologists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked exercise physiologists how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.9 out of 5 stars

308 exercise physiologists

5 Star
29%

29% of exercise physiologists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
43%

43% of exercise physiologists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of exercise physiologists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
6%

6% of exercise physiologists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of exercise physiologists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an exercise physiologist’s work environment?

As a whole, exercise physiologists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.6/5. A solid majority of exercise physiologists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as an exercise physiologist.

We asked exercise physiologists how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

294 exercise physiologists

5 Star
20%

20% of exercise physiologists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
39%

39% of exercise physiologists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of exercise physiologists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of exercise physiologists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of exercise physiologists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are exercise physiologists making the best use of their abilities?

Former exercise physiologists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.3/5. Most exercise physiologists are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked exercise physiologists how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

294 exercise physiologists

5 Star
14%

14% of exercise physiologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of exercise physiologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of exercise physiologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of exercise physiologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of exercise physiologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars