Food safety and quality 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, food safety and quality technicians rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 21% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy food safety and quality 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
Occupational health specialist
2.9
$73k
Registered dietitian
2.9
$62k
Agricultural and food science technician
2.9
$41k
Agricultural inspector
2.9
$45k
Environmental technician
2.9
$46k
Food safety and quality technician
2.9
$36k
Environmental consultant
2.8
$77k
Dietetic technician
2.6
$30k

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

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

Are food safety and quality technicians happy with their salary?

Food safety and quality technicians rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.9/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most food safety and quality technicians having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked food safety and quality technicians how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.9 out of 5 stars

85 food safety and quality technicians

5 Star
8%

8% of food safety and quality technicians rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
32%

32% of food safety and quality technicians rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of food safety and quality technicians rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of food safety and quality technicians rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
16%

16% of food safety and quality technicians rated their compensation 1 stars

Do food safety and quality technicians find their jobs meaningful?

On average, food safety and quality technicians rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.5/5. The majority of food safety and quality technicians struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

We asked food safety and quality technicians how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.5 out of 5 stars

87 food safety and quality technicians

5 Star
7%

7% of food safety and quality technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of food safety and quality technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of food safety and quality technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
25%

25% of food safety and quality technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
26%

26% of food safety and quality technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as food safety and quality technicians?

Food safety and quality technicians rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.6/5. The majority of food safety and quality technicians find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked food safety and quality technicians how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

89 food safety and quality technicians

5 Star
22%

22% of food safety and quality technicians rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of food safety and quality technicians rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of food safety and quality technicians rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of food safety and quality technicians rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of food safety and quality technicians rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a food safety and quality technician’s work environment?

As a whole, food safety and quality technicians rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.2/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

We asked food safety and quality technicians how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

90 food safety and quality technicians

5 Star
16%

16% of food safety and quality technicians rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of food safety and quality technicians rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
31%

31% of food safety and quality technicians rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of food safety and quality technicians rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of food safety and quality technicians rated their work environment 1 stars

Are food safety and quality technicians making the best use of their abilities?

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

We asked food safety and quality technicians how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.8 out of 5 stars

89 food safety and quality technicians

5 Star
13%

13% of food safety and quality technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of food safety and quality technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of food safety and quality technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of food safety and quality technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
25%

25% of food safety and quality technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars