Water engineers are below average when it comes to happiness.

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, water engineers rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 30% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy water engineers 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
Avionics technician
3.0
$69k
Software quality assurance engineer
3.0
$90k
Mechanical engineer
3.0
$95k
Ship engineer
3.0
$82k
Power plant operator
3.0
$81k
Water engineer
3.0
$97k
HVAC technician
3.0
$49k
Aircraft mechanic
3.0
$65k
Facility maintenance mechanic
3.0
$60k
Elevator mechanic
2.9
$98k

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

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

Are water engineers happy with their salary?

Water engineers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.4/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most water engineers having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked water engineers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

64 water engineers

5 Star
14%

14% of water engineers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
34%

34% of water engineers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
31%

31% of water engineers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of water engineers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of water engineers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do water engineers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, water engineers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.8/5. While most water engineers aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

We asked water engineers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.8 out of 5 stars

64 water engineers

5 Star
13%

13% of water engineers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of water engineers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of water engineers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
25%

25% of water engineers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
19%

19% of water engineers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as water engineers?

Water engineers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.7/5. The majority of water engineers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked water engineers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

69 water engineers

5 Star
22%

22% of water engineers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
39%

39% of water engineers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of water engineers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of water engineers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
1%

1% of water engineers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a water engineer’s work environment?

As a whole, water engineers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.5/5. A solid majority of water engineers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a water engineer.

We asked water engineers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

68 water engineers

5 Star
16%

16% of water engineers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
40%

40% of water engineers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of water engineers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of water engineers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of water engineers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are water engineers making the best use of their abilities?

Former water engineers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.1/5. Most water engineers are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked water engineers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.1 out of 5 stars

68 water engineers

5 Star
15%

15% of water engineers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
24%

24% of water engineers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
31%

31% of water engineers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of water engineers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of water engineers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars