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The 10 Most Meaningful Jobs


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Does your job make the world a better place? One hundred percent of the workers with jobs in this slideshow answered a resounding "yes" to that question when they took the PayScale Survey. Find out who thinks they are changing the world whenever they go to work.

Dermatologist


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100%
High Job
Meaning
100%
High Job
Satisfaction
$212,900
Salary

Ridding the world of acne one clogged pore at a time, 100 percent of the dermatologists we surveyed said that their job makes the world a better place. (They probably feel pretty good about helping prevent more serious conditions, like skin cancer, too.)

Supervisory Special Agent


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100%
High Job
Meaning
100%
High Job
Satisfaction
$129,400
Salary

Supervisory Special Agents feel pretty good about helping to keep the country safe. Every single one of these domestic superheroes who filled out the PayScale survey reported high job meaning.

Senior Construction Manager


 
100%
High Job
Meaning
100%
High Job
Satisfaction
$122,300
Salary

If your job helped to build city skylines and provide housing to the masses, you'd probably feel pretty good about your work, too.

Deputy Fire Chief


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100%
High Job
Meaning
100%
High Job
Satisfaction
$75,300
Salary

Whether they are saving people from burning buildings, or just saving kittens from very tall trees, deputy fire chiefs know that their work contributes to the greater good.

Sign Language Interpreter


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100%
High Job
Meaning
100%
High Job
Satisfaction
$42,100
Salary

Billie P., a sign language interpreter we spoke to said she found meaning in her job because she has "the privilege of stepping into someone's life for a brief time to let them be a more full expression of themselves in the world. Or I can just help them order pizza. All in a day's work." No wonder 100 percent of sign language interpreters surveyed said that their job makes the world a better place.

Rehabilitation Equipment Specialist


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100%
High Job
Meaning
100%
High Job
Satisfaction
$40,200
Salary

Rehabilitation equipment specialists help people overcome their disabilities on a daily basis. It's no wonder that 100 percent of these workers say that they make the world a better place each and every day.

Child Life Specialist


 
100%
High Job
Meaning
95%
High Job
Satisfaction
$39,000
Salary

Working with children and families to help them deal with hospitalization, serious illness and medical procedures is challenging, but it's also incredibly rewarding. That's why this position made our list of the most meaningful jobs.

Worship Coordinator


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100%
High Job
Meaning
87%
High Job
Satisfaction
$38,000
Salary

Just how good do worship coordinators feel about the work they do? Daniel G., who has been on the job for four years, said "I'd do it for free. And you can tell my boss I said that." We'd say that's a ringing endorsement for this line of work.

Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technician


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100%
High Job
Meaning
82%
High Job
Satisfaction
$36,300
Salary

Water is the basis of all life, so it does make sense that the people who work in labs providing people with clean water think their job makes the world a better place. In fact, 100 percent of the water treatment plan laboratory technicians we surveyed said just that.

Water Plant Operator


 
100%
High Job
Meaning
67%
High Job
Satisfaction
$35,600
Salary

What's the deal with all the people working at water plants thinking their job is so meaningful? Must be something in the… water. But, water plant operators join their brethren in the laboratory on our list of the 10 Most Meaningful Jobs.

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