05/19/2015 05:05 pm ET | Updated May 20, 2015

10 Best Jobs For People Who Want To Make The World A Better Place

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Surely you’ve heard that if you love your job, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

That’s perhaps no truer than if the role you adore also happens to help make the world a better place.

Eager to find out which employees are most satisfied with how their work benefits society at large, PayScale uncovered which titles translate into meaningful roles and also earn more than the median salary for workers in the United States.

And considering that half of U.S. nonprofits plan on creating new jobs this year, according to a recent Nonprofit HR report, there's a better chance you can land at least a couple of these meaningful roles.

  • 10 Certified Nurse Midwife
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    They provide parents-to-be with support at the critical moment before they usher a new life into the world, so it's not surprising that 93 percent of certified nurse midwives say they engage in "meaningful work," according to PayScale.
  • 9 Director of Program Management, Human Services
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    Armed with the skills to help clients reach their goals, human services professionals can apply their expertise to a number of areas, including such fields as child welfare and addiction. A whopping 94 percent of those who work as directors of program management in this field say they feel their work makes the world a better place.
  • 8 Behavior Analyst
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    Working one-on-one to help their clients make better choices, 94 percent of behavior analysts say they find their jobs meaningful, according to PayScale.
  • 7 Chiropractor
    Ninety-four percent of chiropractors say they feel satisfaction about making you better.
  • 6 Fire Captain
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    It's a risky calling that pays a median salary of $60,000, according to PayScale, but 94 percent of fire captains say their jobs make the world a better (and a whole lot safer) place.
  • 5 Nonprofit Executive Director
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    Nonprofit executive directors say they're mostly driven by their organization's mission and the fact that their work is helping the world.
  • 4 Senior Pastor
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    They serve congregations, guide church members and are a source of comfort and advice, which is enough for 98 percent of senior pastors to say that their jobs help to make the world a better place.
  • 3 Elementary School Principal
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    They're charged with educating and helping to raise our next generation of leaders, thinkers and change-makers, so it's no wonder that 98 percent of elementary school principals say that their jobs are improving our world.
  • 2 Police Chief
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    Many have lost the trust of the public, and face no shortage of danger and controversy, but police chiefs agree across the board that their work helps to make the world a better place, according to PayScale.
  • 1 Orthopedic Surgeon
    Typically earning $337,800 a year, orthopedic surgeons are compensated on the higher end of the medical spectrum. Perhaps even more satisfying is the fact that 100 percent of them say that their jobs make the world a better place, according to PayScale.


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