I recently read an article about the 25 best paying and satisfying (optimum, here) jobs that make the world a better place; a different topic entirely than asking someone if they feel their job makes the world a better place, don’t you think? A recent study determined that many medical professions fit the best paying and satisfying categories and since SCB Services, LLC specializes in staffing Health Care positions, it is worth noting in this piece. It seems that payscale.com did a study with a myriad number of criteria in order to determine a relationship between job pay and job satisfaction. I would like to point out that those very satisfying, high paying medical professions also cause a great deal of stress.
There are many positions that have a marvelously high percentage of job satisfaction but are not ever going to be considered high paying jobs. 84% of individuals in a group broadly labeled as ‘community and social service workers’ – therapists, clergy, directors of religious programs – were most likely to report that they found their work meaningful. Clergy, in particular, thought their work was making the world a better place: 97% answered in the affirmative. (I will write a separate piece on ministers in the work place at a future date) Another interesting caveat to this study is the jobs that I just listed are most likely to be filled by women and women tend to go for the positions that are more likely to be high-meaning and low earning.
For example, I think having started my own business and working in the Human Resources’ field, my position makes the world a better place. Ultimately, I help people find and keep jobs. I help companies make their work environment better for the workers. However, it has been a year since I wrote my very first invoice and I am only just breaking even from the money that I put into the start-up of the business in early 2013. So, I can’t say it is a great paying position….yet. Satisfying? Yes, what I do is satisfying; immensely. Helping someone find a job is extremely rewarding and helping a company or organization offer better Human Resources’ services to its employees is rewarding in its own right. At this point in time, I can’t really say that my work is satisfying for, as a business owner, there is always the need to continue to procure clients and to continue to work with the candidates, etc. I can envision that someday I will be financially comfortable with my venture as well as satisfied with all aspects of the work…that is my dream and one is never too old to dream!
Many jobs earn little in both cash and satisfaction. Low-paying service jobs – food prep, cashiers, fast-food cooks – are all poorly compensated and not considered meaningful. One of the more interesting statistics: Game Supervisors, those that operate or run gaming tables in casinos, state that they have a high degree of job satisfaction but very little meaning in their positions. Also, those employed in the legal field were doing the best financially in low-meaning positions with lawyers at the top of the list from a compensation perspective.
Many individuals in not-for-profits have meaningful jobs and relatively low salaries but society values these workers in terms of what they add, even if society doesn’t value them in terms of what they get paid. A number of these workers believe what they do for a living is meaningful because they are impacting and improving other people’s lives through their work.
One can easily be satisfied in his/her job – like the compensation, the work and the company culture – but not feel their work is important in terms of making the world a better place. How many of you ask yourselves that question? I would love to hear from you!
Have you ever thought of trying to analyze or critique what you do for a living? Not only what you do but how you do it? Do you get along with your co-workers? Do you enjoy them? Do you feel what you do for a living is contributory to society from a moral perspective? In many respects, as stated in my past blog, it would be wonderful to make a great salary and feel as if one is contributing to the betterment of the world, however, most people just want to pay their bills from one week to the next…