Published November 27, 2013
With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, now is a time that many Americans feel inspired to help others in their community who are in need. According to Volunteering in America, volunteering is on the rise with a reported 64.3 million Americans volunteering through an organization during the year.
However, if you’re looking to give back more regularly and are looking to find a job (with a paycheck), Glassdoor has turned to its more than 5 million job listings to reveal the Top 10 Jobs That Give Back Year Round, which are open right now.
10. Special Education Teacher
If you are detailed and patient, able to motivate students, understanding of special needs and accepting of differences in others, this career path may provide you a lifetime of fulfillment, by educating children facing a wide variety of challenges both in and out of the classroom.
9. Senior Life Enrichment Coordinator
Enjoy working with adults in their golden years? Are you creative, understanding and full of life yourself? Could you spend each day putting smiles on the faces of senior citizens? Then this might be the job for you. This is a job that helps plan and lead fun activities and trips for seniors living in assisted living centers, while also tending to each individual’s needs.
This in-demand career path offers you a diverse scope of opportunities to “feel good,” as you’ll have the chance to help others day in and day out. Some of the many possibilities include mending wounds, administering medication, to just chatting with sick patients who may feel lonely or scared in a hospital.
Dogs aren’t called “man’s best friend” for nothing, and no one wants to lose their best friend. When dogs, cats, horses, hamsters or any animal is sick or injured, families turn to vets to save the lives of their four-legged family members during any hour of the day, any day of the week.
6. Shelter Chef
If you’re a culinary genius skilled in whipping up a delicious meal with whatever’s in the pantry, this may be the job for you. You’ll be responsible for planning and cooking up to three meals a day for potentially hundreds of people in need. A big heart and a knack for being resourceful are essential.
5. Adoption Case Manager
When children smile, do you smile? If so, this job may bring you a big smile. With thousands of children across America in need of a permanent home, you’ll have the opportunity to help some of them, by finding loving homes and families for them that they can be a part of forever.
4. Military Occupational Therapist
If patriotism runs deep in your roots, this career path directly benefits the brave men and women fighting for our freedom. When a military member suffers an injury, you’ll be responsible for planning and administering care, to helping them cope with disability to regain their independence to return to work.
3. Crisis Counselor
Got strength, a commitment to others and you’re prepared to face tough situations every day? If so, you’ll be lending critical support to those in the midst of devastating situations, from unexpected deaths to natural disasters. What you’ll provide to others, however, may give you a tremendous sense of accomplishment and purpose.
2. Human Rights Advocate
As the struggle for equality rages on across the globe, human rights advocates are at the forefront of working towards basic human rights for all races, ethnicities, genders, children and so on. In this position, you’re poised to help give voice to those that might not be heard and to make a difference in the lives of people worldwide or even in your own city.
1. Emergency Responder (Police Officer, Firefighter, EMT)
Do you really want to touch lives every day? If giving back is your passion, a career as a police officer, firefighter or EMT will be more than just a job. You’ll literally be saving lives, protecting others and providing care in a way that will last a lifetime.
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