Food science technologists 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 science technologists rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 36% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy food science technologists 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
Industrial ecologist
3.2
$77k
Meteorologist
3.2
$43k
Materials scientist
3.2
$100k
Cartographer
3.1
$69k
Biotechnician
3.1
$48k
Food science technologist
3.1
$78k
Hearing aid specialist
2.9
$60k
Occupational health specialist
2.9
$73k
Registered dietitian
2.9
$62k
Audiologist
2.9
$79k

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

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

Are food science technologists happy with their salary?

Food science technologists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.9/5. Food science technologists tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked food science technologists how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.9 out of 5 stars

112 food science technologists

5 Star
12%

12% of food science technologists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of food science technologists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of food science technologists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
28%

28% of food science technologists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of food science technologists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do food science technologists find their jobs meaningful?

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

We asked food science technologists how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.8 out of 5 stars

115 food science technologists

5 Star
11%

11% of food science technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of food science technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of food science technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
23%

23% of food science technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
22%

22% of food science technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as food science technologists?

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

We asked food science technologists how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

126 food science technologists

5 Star
21%

21% of food science technologists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of food science technologists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of food science technologists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of food science technologists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of food science technologists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a food science technologist’s work environment?

As a whole, food science technologists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

We asked food science technologists how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

125 food science technologists

5 Star
16%

16% of food science technologists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of food science technologists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
34%

34% of food science technologists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of food science technologists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of food science technologists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are food science technologists making the best use of their abilities?

Former food science technologists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.1/5. Most food science technologists are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked food science technologists how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

125 food science technologists

5 Star
14%

14% of food science technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of food science technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of food science technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of food science technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of food science technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars