Network architects 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, network architects rate their career happiness 3.4 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 40% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy network architects 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
Full stack developer
3.4
$70k
Back-End developer
3.4
$67k
Technical product manager
3.4
$78k
Systems architect
3.4
$102k
Systems engineer
3.4
$90k
Network architect
3.4
$109k
Database architect
3.3
$90k
Sound engineering technician
3.3
$45k
Computer and information research scientist
3.3
$118k
Web designer
3.3
$37k

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

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

Are network architects happy with their salary?

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

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

78 network architects

5 Star
17%

17% of network architects rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of network architects rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of network architects rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of network architects rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of network architects rated their compensation 1 stars

Do network architects find their jobs meaningful?

On average, network architects rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.8/5. While most network architects aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

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

2.8 out of 5 stars

80 network architects

5 Star
16%

16% of network architects rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
13%

13% of network architects rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of network architects rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
29%

29% of network architects rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
18%

18% of network architects rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Network architects rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.8/5. The majority of network architects find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

3.8 out of 5 stars

80 network architects

5 Star
29%

29% of network architects rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
41%

41% of network architects rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of network architects rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of network architects rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of network architects rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a network architect’s work environment?

As a whole, network architects rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.6/5. A solid majority of network architects enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a network architect.

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

3.6 out of 5 stars

78 network architects

5 Star
31%

31% of network architects rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of network architects rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of network architects rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of network architects rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of network architects rated their work environment 1 stars

Are network architects making the best use of their abilities?

Former network architects on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.5/5. Most network architects surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a network architect, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

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

3.5 out of 5 stars

80 network architects

5 Star
28%

28% of network architects rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of network architects rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of network architects rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of network architects rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of network architects rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars