The 13 Most Meaningful Jobs in America

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By Jacquelyn Smith

If your goal in life is to make the world a better place, you should probably pursue a job in education or healthcare.

Twelve of the top 13 most meaningful jobs in America, according to PayScale, fell into one of those two categories.

To compile its latest list, PayScale asked over 2 million professionals whether their work is meaningful, and ranked almost 500 professions based on the percentage of people in each of those jobs who answered "yes."

"Many people hope to find work that they find meaningful, but the secret is that you can find purpose in a variety of professions," says Lydia Frank, senior editorial director at PayScale. "And, you don't always have to sacrifice a good paycheck in order to have a positive impact on the world."

To find out where your career fell, check out PayScale's new interactive "meaning" tool.
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Median pay: $69,000

People who said it's a highly meaningful job: 91%

People who said it's a highly satisfying job: 77%

> Find a job as an epidemiologist

Median pay: $39,000

People who said it's a highly meaningful job: 91%

People who said it's a highly satisfying job: 81%

> Find a job as a kindergarten teacher

Median pay: $64,400

People who said it's a highly meaningful job: 91%

People who said it's a highly satisfying job: 77%

> Find a job as an occupational therapist

Median pay: $39,100

People who said it's a highly meaningful job: 91%

People who said it's a highly satisfying job: 74%

> Find a job as a rehabilitation counselor

Median pay: $273,000

People who said it's a highly meaningful job: 91%

People who said it's a highly satisfying job: 83%

> Find a job as an anesthesiologist

Median pay: $197,000

People who said it's a highly meaningful job: 92%

People who said it's a highly satisfying job: 85%

> Find a job as a psychiatrist

Median pay: $60,100

People who said it's a highly meaningful job: 92%

People who said it's a highly satisfying job: 70%

> Find a job as a chiropractor

Median pay: $70,200

People who said it's a highly meaningful job: 93%

People who said it's a highly satisfying job: 86%

> Find a job as a radiation therapist

Median pay: $76,700

People who said it's a highly meaningful job: 95%

People who said it's a highly satisfying job: 88%

> Find a job as an education administrator

Median pay: $37,600

People who said it's a highly meaningful job: 96%

People who said it's a highly satisfying job: 84%

> Find a job as a director of religious activities

Median pay: $304,000 

People who said it's a highly meaningful job: 96%

People who said it's a highly satisfying job: 83%

> Find a job as a surgeon

Median pay: $43,600

People who said it's a highly meaningful job: 96%

People who said it's a highly satisfying job: 74%

> Find a job as an English teacher

Median pay: $46,600

People who said it's a highly meaningful job: 98%

People who said it's a highly satisfying job: 90%

> Find a job in the clergy

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