The recession has caused many people to re-think their careers. While some have decided that any job is a good job, others have started looking for more meaningful work. They want a gig that gives back.
You may assume that meaningful work automatically means modest pay, but that's not always the case. One's salary "depends on the type of organization and its size and the job that you have," says Heather Krasna, author of 'Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service' and director of career services at the Evans School of Public Affairs in Seattle, Wash. She points out that large universities, hospitals, and religious organizations are all examples of nonprofits that pay skilled professionals to make them successful.