Paleontologists are one of the happiest 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, paleontologists rate their career happiness 3.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 11% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy paleontologists 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
Astronomer
4.0
$115k
Nanotechnology engineer
3.9
$99k
Embalmer
3.9
$48k
Industrial organizational psychologist
3.9
$93k

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

  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as paleontologists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are paleontologist’s work environments?