Veterinary pathologists are one of the happiest 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, veterinary pathologists rate their career happiness 3.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 11% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy veterinary pathologists 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
Zoologist
4.1
$65k
Marine biologist
4.1
$32k
Animal breeder
4.0
$40k
Aquarist
3.8
$28k
Animal caretaker
3.7
$29k
Zoo educator
3.7
$25k

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

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

Are veterinary pathologists happy with their salary?

Veterinary pathologists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.5/5. The majority of veterinary pathologists are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

We asked veterinary pathologists how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

11 veterinary pathologists

5 Star
45%

45% of veterinary pathologists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of veterinary pathologists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of veterinary pathologists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of veterinary pathologists rated their compensation 2 stars

Do veterinary pathologists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, veterinary pathologists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.6/5. Unlike many careers, veterinary pathologists have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become veterinary pathologists.

We asked veterinary pathologists how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

12 veterinary pathologists

5 Star
33%

33% of veterinary pathologists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of veterinary pathologists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
8%

8% of veterinary pathologists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
8%

8% of veterinary pathologists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
17%

17% of veterinary pathologists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as veterinary pathologists?

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

We asked veterinary pathologists how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

11 veterinary pathologists

5 Star
55%

55% of veterinary pathologists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of veterinary pathologists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
9%

9% of veterinary pathologists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of veterinary pathologists rated their career fit 2 stars

How enjoyable is a veterinary pathologist’s work environment?

As a whole, veterinary pathologists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 4.2/5. A solid majority of veterinary pathologists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a veterinary pathologist.

We asked veterinary pathologists how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

4.2 out of 5 stars

10 veterinary pathologists

5 Star
70%

70% of veterinary pathologists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
10%

10% of veterinary pathologists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
10%

10% of veterinary pathologists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of veterinary pathologists rated their work environment 2 stars

Are veterinary pathologists making the best use of their abilities?

Former veterinary pathologists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.7/5. Most veterinary pathologists surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a veterinary pathologist, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked veterinary pathologists how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

12 veterinary pathologists

5 Star
42%

42% of veterinary pathologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of veterinary pathologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of veterinary pathologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars