14 Degrees for Making the World a Better Place

Lots of people want their jobs to make a difference in the world, but it can be hard to figure out how. Here are 14 degrees that might be able to help you do so.

RankDegreeAvg. SalaryDescription
You can choose from many different specialties, from special education to curriculum design. Remember, most teaching positions require bachelor’s degrees and state licensure.
2Nonprofit Management$85,230
Nonprofit organizations are always in need of talented managers, especially those trained for this unique sector. In addition to the eye-catching income, nonprofit executives have the satisfaction of giving back to their communities.
All organizations need bright, hard-working businesspeople. After earning their Master of Business Administration (MBA), many businesspeople pursue rewarding careers in the public interest sector.
4Human Services$37,480
Mental health aides, career counselors, and case managers all qualify as human service workers. While some human service workers find jobs without earning college degrees, employers typically favor social workers with bachelor’s or master’s degrees.
5Public Health$41,330
Are you passionate about health? Channel your energy into a public-health career, where you can actively promote nutrition, exercise, and disease prevention.
6Public Administration/Political Science$92,799
(city managers)
Get involved with your community by landing a government job. Popular public administration careers include marketing, human resources, and public relations.
Nonprofits need money management expertise too! The BLS reports that financial managers should have a 37 percent job growth rate through 2016.
8Marketing and Communications$47,340
This is often referred to as “outreach” in nonprofit organizations. They need someone to put the word out about their mission and help bring in donations.
Want to put your accounting degree to good use? Seek bookkeeping employment with a nonprofit organization, a publishing group, or a government agency.
Many innovative law programs exist for socially conscious individuals, including environmental law and public interest law.
11Criminal Justice$47,465
(police officers)
Criminal justice experts help ensure that criminals do not return to committing crimes. To prepare for their jobs, most criminal justice workers earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees in criminal justice, social work, or related fields.
12Administrative Assisting$23,712
In 2006, secretaries and administrative assistants held an astounding 4.2 million jobs. Employment should be especially strong in healthcare and social assistance industries.
From grant writing for nonprofits to penning articles for social advocacy journals, writers have thousands of gratifying job possibilities.
If you are a native English speaker, you already have a valuable skill: mastery of a globally popular language. Put your English skills to work by teaching overseas or tutoring underserved groups in the U.S.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Handbook” “Six Nation Survey Finds Satisfaction with Current Job,” Harris Interactive

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