Mining and geological engineers 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, mining and geological engineers rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 44% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy mining and geological engineers 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
Agricultural engineer
3.2
$81k
Industrial ecologist
3.2
$71k
Marine engineer
3.2
$92k
Wind turbine services technician
3.2
$53k
Extraction worker
3.2
$37k
Mining and geological engineer
3.1
$91k
Radio mechanic
3.1
$55k
Pump operator
3.1
$45k
Petroleum engineer
3.1
$138k
Solar thermal installer
3.1
$37k

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

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

Are mining and geological engineers happy with their salary?