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Best Jobs for Do-Gooders


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Want a job that feeds your desire to make the world a better place? These are the jobs that top the list in terms of high job meaning and pay.

#1 Physical Therapists


 
89% High Job Meaning
$71,300
Median Salary
83% High Job Satisfaction
45% Low Job Stress
33% Male / 67% Female

Physical Therapists help people recover from injuries. Whether that means helping somebody walk after an accident or nursing an athlete back to peak performance, that’s a job that earns high marks in knowing that you are helping make the world a better place.

#2 Hospice Registered Nurse


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87% High Job Meaning
$59,100
Median Salary
73% High Job Satisfaction
19% Low Job Stress
7% Male / 93% Female

You might suspect that working in a hospice would be depressing, but 87% of Hospice Nurses are confident that their job contributes to a better world.

#3 Physician Assistant


 
82% High Job Meaning
$89,300
Median Salary
82% High Job Satisfaction
27% Low Job Stress
36% Male / 64% Female

PA’s have almost as much clout as a medical doctor but much lower student debt loads. They can prescribe medications and often get to spend more time with individual patients than the doctors they report to. In return, they earn good money and know that they are doing good work.

#4 Sonographer


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76% High Job Meaning
$60,900
Median Salary
83% High Job Satisfaction
39% Low Job Stress
10% Male / 90% Female

Peering inside the human body is a very rewarding profession – 76% of Sonographers say that their job makes the world a better place. With the added bonus of a median salary of $60,900 for a job that only requires an Associate’s degree, it looks like Sonographers do have a pretty sweet gig.

#5 Surgical Assistant


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76% High Job Meaning
$49,300
Median Salary
70% High Job Satisfaction
26% Low Job Stress
34% Male / 66% Female

Being a Surgical Assistant is more than just passing a surgeon a scalpel – these workers are often the last person a patient sees before they go under and the first person they see when they wake up from anesthesia. No wonder 76% of them feel good about the work they do.

#6 Patient Care Coordinator


 
73% High Job Meaning
$35,900
Median Salary
67% High Job Satisfaction
28% Low Job Stress
8% Male / 92% Female

When you are dealing with a complicated medical issue, Patient Care Coordinators walk you through the process by formulating, developing, and revising treatment plans. Helping people when they are in need is genuinely rewarding work. Even though this position only has a median salary of $35,900, 73% of them say that their job makes the world a better place.

#7 Nurse Educator


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68% High Job Meaning
$69,400
Median Salary
80% High Job Satisfaction
32% Low Job Stress
10% Male / 90% Female

Nurse Educators make sure that our nursing force is up to date on the latest technology, techniques and standards of care, so the positive effect they have on public health is exponential. Add in a median salary of nearly $70,000 and you’ve got a pretty rewarding job.

#8 Security Consultant (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)


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66% High Job Meaning
$84,100
Median Salary
82% High Job Satisfaction
43% Low Job Stress
89% Male / 11% Female

One of the few non-healthcare jobs to make this list, IT Security Consultants use their technological know-how to keep valuable data safe and private. That makes it one of the most highly-rated tech jobs out there in terms of job meaning. 66% of them say their job makes the world a better place.

#9 Staff Assistant


 
64% High Job Meaning
$36,600
Median Salary
59% High Job Satisfaction
54% Low Job Stress
18% Male / 82% Female

Staff Assistants don’t enjoy all the perks of the executive boardroom, but they sure seem to think their work is important. 64% of them say that their job makes the world a better place. Hopefully their officemates agree and value all the behind-the-scenes work they do to make things run smoothly.

#10 Information Assurance Analyst


 
62% High Job Meaning
$70,500
Median Salary
73% High Job Satisfaction
52% Low Job Stress
80% Male / 20% Female

As lovers of big data ourselves, the team at PayScale understands why so many Information Assurance Analysts think their job makes the world a better place. Data runs the world, so making sure that it’s accurate and safe is a big responsibility.

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