Nutritionists 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, nutritionists rate their career happiness 3.3 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 45% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy nutritionists 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
Acupuncturist
3.7
$74k
Health educator
3.5
$61k
Kinesiologist
3.3
$31k
Nutritionist
3.3
$32k
Physical therapist assistant
3.2
$61k
Food science technologist
3.1
$78k

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

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

Are nutritionists happy with their salary?

Nutritionists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.6/5. Nutritionists tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

2.6 out of 5 stars

330 nutritionists

5 Star
8%

8% of nutritionists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
15%

15% of nutritionists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of nutritionists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
28%

28% of nutritionists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
19%

19% of nutritionists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do nutritionists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, nutritionists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.4/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

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

3.4 out of 5 stars

337 nutritionists

5 Star
23%

23% of nutritionists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of nutritionists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of nutritionists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of nutritionists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of nutritionists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

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

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

3.8 out of 5 stars

376 nutritionists

5 Star
30%

30% of nutritionists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
34%

34% of nutritionists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of nutritionists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of nutritionists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of nutritionists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a nutritionist’s work environment?

As a whole, nutritionists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.5/5. A solid majority of nutritionists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a nutritionist.

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

3.5 out of 5 stars

370 nutritionists

5 Star
22%

22% of nutritionists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of nutritionists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of nutritionists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of nutritionists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of nutritionists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are nutritionists making the best use of their abilities?

Former nutritionists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.2/5. Most nutritionists are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

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

3.2 out of 5 stars

370 nutritionists

5 Star
19%

19% of nutritionists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of nutritionists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
33%

33% of nutritionists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of nutritionists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
9%

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