The 10 Best Jobs for People Who Want to Change the World

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By Jacquelyn Smith

If you're trying to make a difference in the world, you may want to pursue a job in education, healthcare, or public safety.

PayScale recently analyzed thousands of job titles to identify the best gigs for do-gooders.

People in these roles were most likely to say that their jobs "make the world a better place," and they typically earn more than the average US worker.
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The 10 Best Jobs for People Who Want to Change the World

Median pay: $87,700

Number who said this job is meaningful: 93%

Education required: Specialized, graduate nursing education

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Median pay: $53,600

Number who said this job is meaningful: 94%

Education required: Bachelor’s degree

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Median pay: $56,400

Number who said this job is meaningful: 94%

Education required: Master's degree, and sometimes a doctorate

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Median pay: $59,500

Number who said this job is meaningful: 94%

Education required: Doctoral or professional degree

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Median pay: $60,200

Number who said this job is meaningful: 94%

Education required: High school; must also complete intensive training programs

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Median pay: $61,000

Number who said this job is meaningful: 95%

Education required: Bachelor’s degree

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Median pay: $56,400

Number who said this job is meaningful: 98%

Education required: Typically requires a Master's degree

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Median pay: $80,000

Number who said this job is meaningful: 98%

Education required: Master’s degree

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Median pay: $63,100

Number who said this job is meaningful: 100%

Education required: High school diploma or equivalent; some agencies require a Bachelor's degree

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Median pay: $337,800

Number who said this job is meaningful: 100%

Education required: Doctoral degree

Sources: PayScale, BLS.gov

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