Geneticists 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, geneticists rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 48% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy geneticists 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
Biologist
3.3
$83k
Biostatistician
3.3
$96k
Biochemist
3.3
$102k
Scientist
3.3
$87k
Bioinformatics scientist
3.2
$83k
Geneticist
3.2
$83k
Molecular biologist
3.2
$83k
Materials scientist
3.2
$100k
Pathologist
3.1
$201k

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

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

Are geneticists happy with their salary?

Geneticists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Geneticists tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

3.0 out of 5 stars

168 geneticists

5 Star
15%

15% of geneticists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of geneticists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of geneticists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of geneticists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
17%

17% of geneticists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do geneticists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, geneticists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.2/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

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

3.2 out of 5 stars

170 geneticists

5 Star
21%

21% of geneticists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of geneticists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of geneticists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of geneticists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
12%

12% of geneticists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

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

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

3.6 out of 5 stars

182 geneticists

5 Star
23%

23% of geneticists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
41%

41% of geneticists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of geneticists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
6%

6% of geneticists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of geneticists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a geneticist’s work environment?

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

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

3.5 out of 5 stars

180 geneticists

5 Star
22%

22% of geneticists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of geneticists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of geneticists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
12%

12% of geneticists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of geneticists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are geneticists making the best use of their abilities?

Former geneticists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.4/5. Most geneticists are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

179 geneticists

5 Star
22%

22% of geneticists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of geneticists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of geneticists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
19%

19% of geneticists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
9%

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