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Top 10 jobs that make the world a better place

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

Image: PayScale.com has rated the ten most meaning jobs.
Photographs: Vincent Kessler / Reuters

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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9. Managers of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers


Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

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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8. Speech-Language Pathologists


Photographs: Stringer Shanghai / Reuters

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

Tags: MBA

7. Radiation Therapists


Photographs: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

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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6. Fire fighters


Photographs: Max Whittaker/Reuters

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


Photographs: Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters

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)


Photographs: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

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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Tags: MBA

3. Surgeons


Photographs: Michael Buholzer/Reuters

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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2. Directors of Religious Activities and Education


Photographs: Fayaz Kabli/Reuters

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


Photographs: Tony Gomez-DyN/Reuters

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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Tags: MBA