Meteorologists 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, meteorologists rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 46% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy meteorologists 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
Bioinformatics scientist
3.2
$83k
Agricultural engineer
3.2
$83k
Soil and water conservationist
3.2
$64k
Atmospheric scientist
3.2
$95k
Industrial ecologist
3.2
$77k
Meteorologist
3.2
$43k
Molecular biologist
3.2
$83k
Materials scientist
3.2
$100k
Arborist
3.1
$47k
Cartographer
3.1
$69k

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

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

Are meteorologists happy with their salary?

Meteorologists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.2/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most meteorologists having generally positive views of their salary.

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

3.2 out of 5 stars

109 meteorologists

5 Star
20%

20% of meteorologists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of meteorologists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of meteorologists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of meteorologists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of meteorologists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do meteorologists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, meteorologists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.1/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

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

3.1 out of 5 stars

113 meteorologists

5 Star
21%

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

4 Star
23%

23% of meteorologists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of meteorologists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of meteorologists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
19%

19% of meteorologists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

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

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

125 meteorologists

5 Star
26%

26% of meteorologists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
37%

37% of meteorologists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of meteorologists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of meteorologists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of meteorologists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a meteorologist’s work environment?

As a whole, meteorologists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.3/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

122 meteorologists

5 Star
20%

20% of meteorologists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of meteorologists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of meteorologists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of meteorologists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of meteorologists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are meteorologists making the best use of their abilities?

Former meteorologists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.3/5. Most meteorologists are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

125 meteorologists

5 Star
21%

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

4 Star
30%

30% of meteorologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

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

2 Star
15%

15% of meteorologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of meteorologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars