Materials scientists 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, materials scientists rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 45% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy materials scientists 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
Atmospheric scientist
3.2
$95k
Industrial ecologist
3.2
$71k
Molecular biologist
3.2
$82k
Statistician
3.2
$91k
Materials scientist
3.2
$88k
Cartographer
3.1
$63k
Biotechnician
3.1
$45k
Food science technologist
3.1
$69k

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

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

Are materials scientists happy with their salary?