Political scientists 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, political scientists rate their career happiness 3.4 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 38% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy political scientists 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
Sociologist
3.4
$83k
Political scientist
3.4
$122k
Intelligence analyst
3.2
$77k
Economist
3.1
$105k

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

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

Are political scientists happy with their salary?