Nurses are one of the least happy careers in the United States.
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, nurses rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 13% of careers.
To put this into perspective, we compared how happy nurses are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:
Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers
|Clinical nurse specialist||2.8||$73k|
|Healthcare social worker||2.8||$57k|
|Speech language pathologist||2.7||$82k|
|Nuclear medicine technologist||2.7||$78k|
So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:
- Salary: Are nurses happy with their salary?
- Meaning: Do nurses find their jobs meaningful?
- Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as nurses?
- Work environment: How enjoyable are nurse’s work environments?
- Skills utilization: Are nurses making the best use of their abilities?