The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs [interactive chart]
Want a job that makes the world a better place? Sometimes, that means sacrificing practical rewards (read: cash) for a sense of helping others — but not always. As PayScale’s newest data package shows, many careers offer a salary that allows you to feed your body as well as your spirit. Some will even make you rich.
- Job Meaning
- Median Pay
- Job Satisfaction
- High Job Stress
- Typical Educational Level
- Gender Breakdown
- Job Level
- Job Category
Just looking at the top 10 occupations, the results show high-meaning jobs in a variety of categories, in occupations as diverse as clergy, surgeon, and fire fighter, with median annual salaries ranging from around $35,000 to nearly $300,000.
In other words, no matter what your interests are, it’s possible to find a job that will pay a good salary and allow you to feel like you’re helping your fellow humans. Some occupations even require less than a four-year degree (e.g., fire fighters, who typically have an associate’s degree, but don’t necessarily need a bachelor’s, and have a 93 percent rating for high job meaning) or allow you to achieve high meaning and a good salary right from the start (e.g. speech-language pathologists, who need a master’s degree, but have a median annual salary of $66,200, and a 92 percent rating for high job meaning).
PayScale’s interactive chart allows you to look up any occupation to see if it could be the job of your dreams — and then tells you the level of education you’ll need to achieve it.
For more about PayScale’s methodology for The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs, look here.
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