Oil and gas rotary drill operators 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, oil and gas rotary drill operators rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 28% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy oil and gas rotary drill operators 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
Automotive service technician
3.0
$40k
Sewing machine operator
3.0
$26k
Aircraft mechanic
3.0
$49k
Industrial machinery mechanic
3.0
$54k
Elevator mechanic
2.9
$85k
Oil and gas rotary drill operator
2.9
$55k
Chemical technician
2.9
$47k
Boilermaker
2.9
$63k
Quarry rock splitter
2.9
$36k

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

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

Are oil and gas rotary drill operators happy with their salary?