Physicists 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, physicists rate their career happiness 3.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 31% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy physicists 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
Photonics engineer
3.8
$99k
Remote sensing technician
3.6
$51k
Climate change analyst
3.6
$71k
Mathematician
3.6
$105k
Physicist
3.5
$123k
Biochemical engineer
3.5
$99k
Aerospace engineer
3.4
$110k
Natural sciences manager
3.4
$129k
Hydrologist
3.4
$81k

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

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

Are physicists happy with their salary?