Park rangers rate their happiness above average.

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, park rangers rate their career happiness 3.6 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 23% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy park rangers 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
Rancher
3.9
$26k
Fish and game warden
3.8
$61k
Farm manager
3.7
$73k
Forest and conservation worker
3.7
$31k
Wildlife enforcement officer
3.6
$56k
Park ranger
3.6
$28k
Horticulturist
3.6
$73k
Greenhouse technician
3.6
$41k
Range manager
3.5
$64k

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

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

Are park rangers happy with their salary?

Park rangers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Park rangers tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

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

3.0 out of 5 stars

189 park rangers

5 Star
12%

12% of park rangers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
22%

22% of park rangers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of park rangers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
25%

25% of park rangers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of park rangers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do park rangers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, park rangers 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 park rangers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

189 park rangers

5 Star
22%

22% of park rangers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of park rangers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
34%

34% of park rangers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
15%

15% of park rangers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of park rangers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

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

Park rangers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.1/5. The majority of park rangers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

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

4.1 out of 5 stars

197 park rangers

5 Star
38%

38% of park rangers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
41%

41% of park rangers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
16%

16% of park rangers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
4%

4% of park rangers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
2%

2% of park rangers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a park ranger’s work environment?

As a whole, park rangers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 4.0/5. A solid majority of park rangers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a park ranger.

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

4.0 out of 5 stars

200 park rangers

5 Star
39%

39% of park rangers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
37%

37% of park rangers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
14%

14% of park rangers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of park rangers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of park rangers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are park rangers making the best use of their abilities?

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

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

3.2 out of 5 stars

200 park rangers

5 Star
13%

13% of park rangers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of park rangers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
27%

27% of park rangers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
23%

23% of park rangers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
9%

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