Security systems administrators are one of the least happy 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, security systems administrators rate their career happiness 2.4 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 3% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy security systems administrators 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
Product safety engineer
2.7
$99k
Logistician
2.7
$77k
Nuclear medicine technologist
2.7
$79k
Traffic technician
2.6
$49k
Shipping/Receiving clerk
2.4
$37k

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

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

Are security systems administrators happy with their salary?

Security systems administrators rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.3/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most security systems administrators having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked security systems administrators how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

34 security systems administrators

5 Star
21%

21% of security systems administrators rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of security systems administrators rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
32%

32% of security systems administrators rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of security systems administrators rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of security systems administrators rated their compensation 1 stars

Do security systems administrators find their jobs meaningful?

On average, security systems administrators rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.2/5. The majority of security systems administrators struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

We asked security systems administrators how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.2 out of 5 stars

33 security systems administrators

5 Star
12%

12% of security systems administrators rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
6%

6% of security systems administrators rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
12%

12% of security systems administrators rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of security systems administrators rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
45%

45% of security systems administrators rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as security systems administrators?

Security systems administrators rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.8/5. The majority of security systems administrators find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked security systems administrators how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

36 security systems administrators

5 Star
22%

22% of security systems administrators rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
47%

47% of security systems administrators rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
17%

17% of security systems administrators rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of security systems administrators rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of security systems administrators rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a security systems administrator’s work environment?

As a whole, security systems administrators rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.5/5. A solid majority of security systems administrators enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a security systems administrator.

We asked security systems administrators how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

35 security systems administrators

5 Star
17%

17% of security systems administrators rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
40%

40% of security systems administrators rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of security systems administrators rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
23%

23% of security systems administrators rated their work environment 2 stars

Are security systems administrators making the best use of their abilities?

Former security systems administrators on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.9/5. Security systems administrators tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

We asked security systems administrators how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.9 out of 5 stars

35 security systems administrators

5 Star
14%

14% of security systems administrators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
17%

17% of security systems administrators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of security systems administrators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of security systems administrators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
20%

20% of security systems administrators rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars