Veterinarians 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, veterinarians rate their career happiness 3.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 20% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy veterinarians 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
Aquarist
3.8
$28k
Fish and game warden
3.8
$58k
Organic farmer
3.8
$24k
Animal caretaker
3.7
$22k
Zoo educator
3.7
$25k
Veterinarian
3.7
$76k
Dog walker
3.7
$26k
Radiologist
3.7
$201k
Orthodontist
3.6
N/A

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

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

Are veterinarians happy with their salary?

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