Golf pros rate their happiness above average.

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, golf pros rate their career happiness 3.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 30% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy golf pros 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
Sports scout
4.0
$39k
Ski patroller
3.9
$29k
Coach
3.7
$26k
Sports writer
3.6
$28k
Fitness trainer
3.6
$41k
Golf pro
3.5
$36k
Personal trainer
3.5
$35k
Physical education teacher
3.5
$72k
Fitness coordinator
3.5
$91k
Athletic trainer
3.3
$48k

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

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

Are golf pros happy with their salary?

Golf pros rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.6/5. Golf pros tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

2.6 out of 5 stars

105 golf pros

5 Star
8%

8% of golf pros rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
10%

10% of golf pros rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
34%

34% of golf pros rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
30%

30% of golf pros rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
19%

19% of golf pros rated their compensation 1 stars

Do golf pros find their jobs meaningful?

On average, golf pros rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.1/5. While most golf pros aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

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

3.1 out of 5 stars

106 golf pros

5 Star
17%

17% of golf pros rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of golf pros rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of golf pros rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
26%

26% of golf pros rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of golf pros rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Golf pros rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.0/5. The majority of golf pros find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

4.0 out of 5 stars

118 golf pros

5 Star
43%

43% of golf pros rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
32%

32% of golf pros rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
14%

14% of golf pros rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of golf pros rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of golf pros rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a golf pro’s work environment?

As a whole, golf pros rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.7/5. A solid majority of golf pros enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a golf pro.

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

121 golf pros

5 Star
29%

29% of golf pros rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of golf pros rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
17%

17% of golf pros rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of golf pros rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of golf pros rated their work environment 1 stars

Are golf pros making the best use of their abilities?

Former golf pros on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.2/5. Most golf pros are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

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

3.2 out of 5 stars

119 golf pros

5 Star
21%

21% of golf pros rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of golf pros rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of golf pros rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of golf pros rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of golf pros rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars