The most satisfying careers are the ones that offer much more than just a paycheck. When you spend countless hours of your life working, it’s important that the role you fill is one that makes you happy and that allows you to help others.

If you have a big heart and want to do fulfilling work, then there are many job options that may play to your strengths. Here are three worth considering.


mental healthcare provider

Believe it or not, a career providing therapy or counseling can be very rewarding. Being in the position to help people lead more productive, functional and happier lives can be deeply satisfying. But being a therapist isn’t the only way to advocate for the mental health of others. Take Cynthia Telles, for example, she works to expand access to mental health care… which is just as important as the actual care.


legal representation and advocacy

If you want to make an impact on how people navigate the justice system, a career in law may be a good fit for you. While there are prerequisites – you’ll need to attend law school and pass your bar exam once you’ve completed them, you’ll be able to specialize in a field that you’re passionate about. So whether you are drawn to immigration, family, corporate or criminal law, you’ll be able to do the work you love and help others in the process.


education

Being an educator often gets a bad rap because of the less than fair salary that teachers are paid. But working in education and helping others learn new skills doesn’t have to be limited to the classroom. There are countless alternative options for teaching others. From creating online courses to teaching continuing education classes part-time, there are many ways for you to satisfy your desire to help others.