Internists 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, internists rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 46% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy internists 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
Nurse educator
3.4
$77k
Surgical assistant
3.4
$46k
Epidemiologist
3.4
$79k
Endoscopy technician
3.4
$38k
Phlebotomist
3.3
$37k
Internist
3.3
$194k
Radiation therapist
3.2
$83k
Medical assistant
3.2
$37k

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

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

Are internists happy with their salary?

Internists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.3/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most internists having generally positive views of their salary.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

117 internists

5 Star
27%

27% of internists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of internists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of internists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of internists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of internists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do internists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, internists 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 internists how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

117 internists

5 Star
24%

24% of internists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
21%

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

3 Star
21%

21% of internists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
21%

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

1 Star
14%

14% of internists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Internists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.7/5. The majority of internists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

127 internists

5 Star
30%

30% of internists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of internists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
17%

17% of internists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of internists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of internists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an internist’s work environment?

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

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

3.5 out of 5 stars

128 internists

5 Star
24%

24% of internists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of internists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of internists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
12%

12% of internists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of internists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are internists making the best use of their abilities?

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

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

3.2 out of 5 stars

128 internists

5 Star
17%

17% of internists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of internists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of internists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of internists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of internists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars