Microbiologists 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, microbiologists rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 38% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy microbiologists 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
Geneticist
3.2
$83k
Molecular biologist
3.2
$83k
Materials scientist
3.2
$100k
Biotechnician
3.1
$48k
Pathologist
3.1
$201k
Microbiologist
3.1
$79k
Immunologist
3.0
$201k
Chemical technician
2.9
$49k
Chemist
2.9
$79k
Medical laboratory technician
2.9
$31k

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

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

Are microbiologists happy with their salary?

Microbiologists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.8/5. Microbiologists tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

2.8 out of 5 stars

303 microbiologists

5 Star
9%

9% of microbiologists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
17%

17% of microbiologists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
35%

35% of microbiologists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
23%

23% of microbiologists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
16%

16% of microbiologists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do microbiologists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, microbiologists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.9/5. While most microbiologists aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

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

2.9 out of 5 stars

304 microbiologists

5 Star
13%

13% of microbiologists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of microbiologists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of microbiologists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
26%

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

1 Star
17%

17% of microbiologists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

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

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

3.7 out of 5 stars

324 microbiologists

5 Star
27%

27% of microbiologists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of microbiologists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of microbiologists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of microbiologists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of microbiologists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a microbiologist’s work environment?

As a whole, microbiologists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.4/5. A solid majority of microbiologists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a microbiologist.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

327 microbiologists

5 Star
18%

18% of microbiologists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
37%

37% of microbiologists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of microbiologists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of microbiologists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of microbiologists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are microbiologists making the best use of their abilities?

Former microbiologists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.1/5. Most microbiologists are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

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

3.1 out of 5 stars

325 microbiologists

5 Star
17%

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

4 Star
24%

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

3 Star
28%

28% of microbiologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
19%

19% of microbiologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
12%

12% of microbiologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars