According to PayScale.com, if your ideal career is one in which you feel like you are making the world a better place everyday, you should probably go into the educational or medical field. Last year, PayScale interviewed more than 450,000 professionals and ranked the professions based on the percentage of people that answered “yes” to the question “Do you feel like your work makes the world a better place?”.

Although not everyone thinks that the degree to which their job is impactful is the degree to which they are content with their lives, many of the biggest CEOs and creators rank impact above income and respect. Without a socially impactful aspect of their job, they feel like work would have no meaning. Here are the top 10 most impactful jobs in America:

10. Counselor

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Percent of workers who believe their job makes the world better: 97.0%

Pay Range: $34,860 – $71,460

9. Physician Assistant

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Percent of workers who believe their job makes the world better: 97.1%

Pay Range: $75,773 – $129,925

8. Funeral Director

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Percent of workers who believe their job makes the world better: 97.3%

Pay Range: $28,832 – $69,612

7. Dentist

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Percent of workers who believe their job makes the world better: 97.4%

Pay Range: $72,043 – $221,707

6. High School Teacher

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Percent of workers who believe their job makes the world better: 97.6%

Pay Range: $33,821 – $75,712

5. Surgeon

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Percent of workers who believe their job makes the world better: 97.6%

Pay Range: $30,913 – $465,398

4. Veterinarian

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Percent of workers who believe their job makes the world better: 97.7%

Pay Range: $54,159 – $116,569

3. Therapist

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Percent of workers who believe their job makes the world better: 98.0%

Pay Range: $33,766 – $62,762

2. Psychologist

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Percent of workers who believe their job makes the world better: 98.9%

Pay Range: $42,419 – $126,419

1. Education Director

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Percent of workers who believe their job makes the world better: 100%

Pay Range: $35,694 – $110,033

As you can see, a large majority of the careers on this list are in the medical and educational field. Although one field pays a lot more than the other, it is quite interesting to see how positive contribution to the world is prioritized in both. However, meaning & purpose are the most important things in life, which, in the end, makes people prioritizing them very understandable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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