But money is only part of the equation. As part of its employee survey, PayScale also asks survey respondents, “Does your work make the world a better place?” Here, you’ll find the highest satisfaction rates in heathcare, headed by medical laboratory science at 93%, despite making $61,500 annually by mid-career. Pastoral ministry shares that 93% rate, despite making $11,000 less per year. In fact, healthcare encompasses nine of the 10 highest satisfaction rates in PayScale’s survey (and 16 of the top 20).
Among bachelor’s degree holders with business-related concentrations, the happiest group was business management and human resources management at 68%. However, fewer than a third business BA concentrations scored at 50% or more when it came to meaning. That was fewer than half of MBAs (63% of concentrations) and lower than business master’s degrees (43%), as well.