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Career & Work 537 views Nov 22, 2019
Jobs for People Who Want to Make a Difference

Do you spend a lot of time thinking about how you can make the world a better place and how to make a difference in people's lives?  Then you've probably already thought about choosing a career that gives you meaning and allows you to make a contribution.

After a long day at work, you get a special sense of satisfaction knowing that you have made the world and people’s lives a little bit better and that you don’t work just for money and yourself.


Education is one of the most important services society provides and it’s vital to maintaining to fast paced cultural progress we are used to as a species. A teacher’s role is to help guide children, to make them strong, brave and prepare them for the all the good and bad that comes with being an adult.

Demand for highly skilled teachers has been on the rise and there's little chance for this trend to change in the future. If you're passionate about teaching, learning and sharing your experience with the younger generation with the intent of making a difference in a child's life, then this is the perfect career for you.

People looking to take up teaching should be relatively outgoing, must be good listeners, have great problem-solving and organizational abilities along with effective communication skills so that they're able to convey information in such a way that it reaches the classroom and the students remain engaged and are able to remember what was said to them.

Social Worker

Social work is a noble pursuit that affords a wealth of possibilities to make positive changes in people's lives. One other advantage is that this occupation offers quite a wide range of paths to choose in terms of causes you want to involve yourself in.

In the most basic terms, social workers help people overcome or come to grips with obstacles they’re facing in their day-to-day lives. Clinical social workers are also qualified to diagnose and treat mental health related challenges.

There are several areas that you could move towards. You could specialize in child and family social work and then you’d be protecting vulnerable children and assisting families who are in need of help and guidance.

As a school social worker, you’d be working with teachers, parents and school administrator to determine what changes would have to be made to increase academic performance for students that are dealing with issues such as bullying, frequent absences, self-destructive tendencies or lack of resources and support.

When it comes to working in the mental health sector, you’d be making sure that the individuals coping with mental illnesses or addictions placed under your care have access to all the resources that could contribute to the effectiveness of the treatment they’re undergoing.

Another important aspect of social work is advocacy. Social workers often raise awareness on the issues brought to their attention through their work.

Health Care Sector

Everybody needs a doctor at some point. Either for a minor flu or major surgery, we all go see a physician eventually. We rarely think about how valuable doctors are to our lives. They work diligently to improve to raise health standards for both humans and animals. Many medical professionals from around the world volunteer to provide medical services to people who can’t afford it or are located in regions where they’re unavailable. It’s thanks to the relentless efforts of these doctors and researchers that the medical field has reached such a high point of advancement. A host of new medications and therapies are being developed that contribute to treatment adherence and effectiveness. This is why it's considered such a noble profession.

This field also has the advantage of offering many spheres of activity that you could specialize in. Maybe you’d rather be a nurse and offer home care to the elderly.  

Or maybe you feel more drawn to the rush that an EMT or paramedic experiences. As an FDNY EMT or paramedic you’d be able to save countless lives, especially since there’s currently a shortage. This shortage means that when people call 911, the ambulance can’t arrive as soon as it should and therefore, they don’t get medical attention as quickly as they should. Unfortunately, when it comes to emergencies every second counts.

Psychotherapist or Counselor

Even if you haven’t gone yourself, chances are that you know a couple of people who have undergone weekly session of psychotherapy. As social stigma around metal health has reduced over the past few years, an increasing number of people are finding the courage to seek out professional help to get them through hard times.

Often, the term "therapist" is used in a broader sense to include a wide range of practitioners who can provide clients with mental health care services. As an example, both a clinical psychologist and a licensed professional counselor handle mental health issues in various settings.

Here you can also choose to specialize into a particular subfield. You can become a substance abuse therapist and help people who are dealing with addictions or you can help couples resolve their issues and improve they way they communicate with one another as a marriage and family therapist. You might prefer to work with kids in a school setting as a licensed school psychologist.

Yet another career choice could be to train as a rehabilitation therapist. Then you’d be able to offer your clients a combination of mental health as well as physical health services. This work mainly involves helping people with disabilities and injuries make the most of their lives.

These are just some of the most common examples but there are many more forms of practice you can explore.

If you strive to become a therapist, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology could be your first step. However, it’s also possible to be admitted into a training program if you have an undergraduate degree in another field as long as you can make up for the difference in coursework. Undergraduates with degrees in sociology, education and health sciences often become therapists.