Industrial engineering 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, industrial engineering technicians rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 27% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy industrial engineering 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
HVAC technician
3.0
$49k
Aircraft mechanic
3.0
$65k
Facility maintenance mechanic
3.0
$60k
Electrician
3.0
$60k
Elevator mechanic
2.9
$98k
Industrial engineering technician
2.9
$60k
Chemical engineer
2.9
$106k
Nuclear engineer
2.9
$120k
Water treatment plant operator
2.9
$48k
Environmental engineer
2.9
$97k

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

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

Are industrial engineering technicians happy with their salary?

Industrial engineering technicians rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.2/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most industrial engineering technicians having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked industrial engineering technicians how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

54 industrial engineering technicians

5 Star
13%

13% of industrial engineering technicians rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of industrial engineering technicians rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of industrial engineering technicians rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of industrial engineering technicians rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of industrial engineering technicians rated their compensation 1 stars

Do industrial engineering technicians find their jobs meaningful?

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

We asked industrial engineering technicians how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.5 out of 5 stars

54 industrial engineering technicians

5 Star
11%

11% of industrial engineering technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
13%

13% of industrial engineering technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of industrial engineering technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of industrial engineering technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
30%

30% of industrial engineering technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as industrial engineering technicians?

Industrial engineering technicians rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.5/5. The majority of industrial engineering technicians find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked industrial engineering technicians how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

53 industrial engineering technicians

5 Star
19%

19% of industrial engineering technicians rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
34%

34% of industrial engineering technicians rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of industrial engineering technicians rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of industrial engineering technicians rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of industrial engineering technicians rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an industrial engineering technician’s work environment?

As a whole, industrial engineering technicians 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 industrial engineering technicians how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

54 industrial engineering technicians

5 Star
26%

26% of industrial engineering technicians rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of industrial engineering technicians rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
31%

31% of industrial engineering technicians rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of industrial engineering technicians rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of industrial engineering technicians rated their work environment 1 stars

Are industrial engineering technicians making the best use of their abilities?

Former industrial engineering technicians on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.8/5. Industrial engineering technicians tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

We asked industrial engineering technicians how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.8 out of 5 stars

54 industrial engineering technicians

5 Star
7%

7% of industrial engineering technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of industrial engineering technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of industrial engineering technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
28%

28% of industrial engineering technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of industrial engineering technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars