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Top 10 jobs that make the world a better place

Last updated on: June 25, 2014 18:00 IST

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In a survey by PayScale, workers from 454 fields ranked these professions to be highly satisfying.

Does your job make the world a better place?

Do meaningful jobs that pay well even exist?

These were some of the questions PayScale.com considered when it compiled a list of the most and least meaningful jobs.

It used information from data provider Occupational Information Network (O*NET) and rated over 450 professions based on how meaningful the job was, the salary offered, level of stress and satisfaction from the job.

We bring you the top ten meaningful jobs from the list.

1. Anesthesiologists

Typical Education Level: Doctors of Medicine (MD)

Job Level: Mid-career (work experience between five to ten years)

Median Pay: $2,91,300

Meaningful: 91 per cent

Level of satisfaction: 78 per cent

Level of stress: 79 per cent

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Image: PayScale.com has rated the ten most meaning jobs.
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9. Managers of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

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Typical Education Level: Associates

Job Level: Senior (work experience over ten years)

Median Pay: $69,400

Meaningful: 92 per cent

Level of satisfaction: 89 per cent

Level of stress: 82 per cent

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Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

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8. Speech-Language Pathologists

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Typical Education Level: Masters (non-MBA)

Job Level: Entry (work experience less than five years)

Median Pay: $66,200

Meaningful: 92 per cent

Level of satisfaction: 82 per cent

Level of stress: 62 per cent


Photographs: Stringer Shanghai / Reuters
Tags: MBA

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7. Radiation Therapists

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Typical Education Level: Bachelors

Job Level: Mid-career (work experience between five to ten years)

Median Pay: $69,800

Meaningful: 93 per cent

Level of satisfaction: 80 per cent

Level of stress: 64 per cent

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Photographs: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters
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6. Fire fighters

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Typical Education Level: Associates

Job Level: Mid-career (work experience between five to ten years)

Median Pay: $43,500

Meaningful: 93 per cent

Level of satisfaction: 84 per cent

Level of stress: 78 per cent

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5. Chiropractors

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Typical Education Level: Doctorates (PhD)

Job Level: Mid-career (work experience between five to ten years)

Median Pay: $58,700

Meaningful: 93 per cent

Level of satisfaction: 65 per cent

Level of stress: 52 per cent

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4. Education Administrators (Elementary/Secondary)

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Typical Education Level: Masters (non-MBA)

Job Level: Senior (work experience over ten years)

Median Pay: $75,900

Meaningful: 93 per cent

Level of satisfaction: 87 per cent

Level of stress: 85 per cent

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Photographs: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters
Tags: MBA

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3. Surgeons

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Typical Education Level: Doctors of Medicine (MD)

Job Level: Mid-career (work experience between five to ten years)

Median Pay: $2,99,600

Meaningful: 94 per cent

Level of satisfaction: 82 per cent

Level of stress: 79 per cent

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Photographs: Michael Buholzer/Reuters
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2. Directors of Religious Activities and Education

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Typical Education Level: Bachelors

Job Level: Mid-career (work experience between five to ten years)

Median Pay: $35,900

Meaningful: 97 per cent

Level of satisfaction: 88 per cent

Level of stress: 61 per cent

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1. Clergy

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Typical Education Level: Masters (non-MBA)

Job Level: Mid-career (work experience between five to ten years)

Median Pay: $45,400

Meaningful: 97 per cent

Level of satisfaction: 89 per cent

Level of stress: 68 per cent

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Photographs: Tony Gomez-DyN/Reuters
Tags: MBA

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