Top 5 Careers That Make a Difference

Top 5 Careers That Make a Difference

Do you want a career that offers more than a steady pay check, stock options, cool furniture, and free meals? If so, you may want to consider a career as a K-12 educator or in the helping professions.

Below are the top five careers that ranked the highest according to the 2015 U.S. News Best Social Services Jobs survey.

School Psychologist

When students experience problems at school related to learning, social relationships, or managing emotions, school psychologist are trained to help youth, families and educators thrive in school, at home, and in life. Employment can be found in public and private schools as well as academic institutions and is expected to grow 11 percent by 2022.

Speech Language Pathologist

As the large baby-boom population grows older, there will be more instances of health conditions that require the skills of a speech pathologist trained to assess, diagnose, treat and help prevent communication and swallowing disorders caused by a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss or developmental delay. Employment can be found in public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and private practices and is projected to grow 12 percent by 2022.

Elementary School Teacher

There is a growing need for qualified teachers in urban and rural communities – specifically people who want to teach at high-needs schools and those certified in certain academic subjects (i.e., special education, English as a Second Language, math and science). Educators at public schools must obtain a state-issued license – which is frequently acquired through a teacher-education program. Employment can be found in public and private schools and is projected to grow 12 percent by 2022.

High School Teacher

Also known as a secondary school teacher, this field attracts people with a talent and desire to educate, advise and prepare teens to attend college and enter the job market. You must also specialize in at least one subject area (i.e., math, science, etc.). Educators at public schools must obtain a state-issued license – which is frequently acquired through a teacher-education program. Employment can be found in public and private schools and is projected to grow 6 percent by 2022.

Middle School Teacher

Individuals who have a knack for helping students bridge the gap between elementary and high school, and ease their transition into adolescence are ideal for this profession. Educators at public schools must obtain a state-issued license – which is frequently acquired through a teacher-education program. Employment can be found in public and private schools and is projected to grow 6 percent by 2022.

If you’re interested in any of the above careers, we invite you explore the College of Education & Human Development’s graduate programs in those areas: