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The 10 Most Meaningful Careers

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Summary: A satisfying career is especially important for some to find meaning and happiness in their work life, so here are the top ten majors that lead to satisfying careers.

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Choosing a college major that puts on the path toward a satisfying career can be simple. PayScale found in their survey “the majority of workers with a bachelor’s degree who tell PayScale their makes the world a better place are in the healthcare and related programs but finding meaningful work and big paychecks doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand as many of these healthcare professions don’t take home top pay.” There are plenty of options outside the medical profession that give the workers a sense of satisfaction in the job.

The 10 college majors that offer the most satisfying careers despite not having the strongest salary:

  1. Counseling– Commonly ends up as addiction counselors, social workers, and office managers with 81 percent finding their job meaningful. The starting median pay is $32,300 with a mid-career median at $40,900.
  2. Diagnostic Medical Sonography– Commonly ends up as vascular technologist, echocardiographer, and ultrasound technologists with 81 percent finding the job meaningful. The starting median pay is $57,700 with a mid-career pay of $70,800.
  3. Early-Childhood and Elementary Education– Commonly ends up as preschool teachers, daycare teachers, and elementary-school teachers with 81 percent finding their job meaningful. The starting median pay is $32,900 and a mid-career median pay is $42,300.
  4. Dental Hygiene– Commonly ends up as dental-office managers, dental-hygiene instructors, and dental hygienist with 82 percent finding meaning in their job. The starting median pay is $65,800 with a mid-career median pay of $72,800.
  5. Nursing– Commonly ends up as registered operating-room nurse, registered nurse, and registered emergency-room nurses with 83 percent finding the job meaningful. The starting median pay is $56,600 with a mid-career pay at $73,600.
  6. Respiratory care– Commonly ends up as respiratory therapist, registered polysomnographic technologist, and respiratory-services supervisor with 84 percent finding the job meaningful. The starting median pay is $47,800 with a mid-career salary at $64,000.
  7. Clinical laboratory science– Commonly ends up as a laboratory supervisor, clinical laboratory scientist, and laboratory technologist with 84 percent finding meaning in the job. The starting median pay is $47,400 with a mid-career median pay at $60,100.
  8. Community Health Education– Commonly ends up as patient-health educators, nonprofit-program coordinator, and wellness coordinators with 84 percent finding the job meaningful. The starting median pay is $35,900 and a mid-career pay of $56,500.
  9. Pastoral Ministry– Commonly ends up as senior pastor, pastor, and associate pastors with 91 percent finding their job meaningful. The starting median pay is $34,500 with a mid-career median pay at $49,600.
  10. Medical Laboratory Science– Commonly ends up as laboratory technologist, laboratory supervisor, and clinical laboratory scientists with 97 percent finding their job meaningful. The starting median pay is $46,200 with a mid-career pay of $61,500.

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Authored by: Amanda Griffin