Talent directors 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, talent directors rate their career happiness 3.6 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 25% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy talent directors 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
Executive producer
3.6
$60k
Camera operator
3.6
$49k
Producer
3.6
$79k
Talent director
3.6
$79k
Music business manager
3.6
$32k
Conductor
3.5
$49k

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

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

Are talent directors happy with their salary?

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

We asked talent directors how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

67 talent directors

5 Star
12%

12% of talent directors rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of talent directors rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of talent directors rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
27%

27% of talent directors rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
13%

13% of talent directors rated their compensation 1 stars

Do talent directors find their jobs meaningful?

On average, talent directors rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.4/5. Unlike many careers, talent directors have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become talent directors.

We asked talent directors how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

70 talent directors

5 Star
27%

27% of talent directors rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of talent directors rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
17%

17% of talent directors rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of talent directors rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of talent directors rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as talent directors?

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

We asked talent directors how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

75 talent directors

5 Star
45%

45% of talent directors rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of talent directors rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of talent directors rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
3%

3% of talent directors rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of talent directors rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a talent director’s work environment?

As a whole, talent directors rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.8/5. A solid majority of talent directors enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a talent director.

We asked talent directors how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

76 talent directors

5 Star
34%

34% of talent directors rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
32%

32% of talent directors rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of talent directors rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of talent directors rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of talent directors rated their work environment 1 stars

Are talent directors making the best use of their abilities?

Former talent directors on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.5/5. Most talent directors surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a talent director, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked talent directors how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

76 talent directors

5 Star
28%

28% of talent directors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of talent directors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of talent directors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of talent directors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of talent directors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars