3 Career Avenues for Compassionate People

Everyone wants the perfect job. Knowing yourself is key to discerning what areas are best for you. Perhaps you’re a great listener, and there’s just something about you that puts people at ease. Or, maybe you’ve always been drawn to helping others and you’d like to start a professional career that can offer you the benefits of work with those of doing what comes naturally to you. If you’ve always wanted to be more caring, or you aren’t sure that it’s one of your strong suits, here are some traits of compassionate people to help get you started:

  • They’re patient.
  • They’re nurturing.
  • They show empathy.
  • They want to protect.

If these descriptions sound like characteristics of you, then you may be ready for a career that could use a little compassion. If the descriptions above don’t sound like you, then check out these tips. Now, onto the fun stuff! I’ve categorized three areas that are rich with careers in caring. Some are interchangeable, and could fit in multiple categories, so try not to get too caught up with organization. Here are potential career paths for people like yourself:

1. Health & Wellness

From nutritionists to personal trainers, areas of health require a special hand at dealing with people. Some have weight issues, others request special diet counseling. If health and wellness have always been topics of interest to you, it may be a worthwhile cause to look into careers in this field.

I spent a few years working for a chiropractor, and my story was one of utter joy and positivity. Surrounding yourself with likeminded people is also a great way to stay happy while working–as long as you’re a positive person to begin with.

Other possible careers are: Healers, Life Coaches, and Spiritual Advisors.

2. Teaching & Coaching

Children. Adults. Animals. You name it. Teachers and coaches are needed for a variety of tasks, and it takes a certain type of person to get the job done right. The field of teaching can be fertile ground for those who love learning something new or for those who have a special cause near and dear to their heart.

When you hear the word teaching, what do you picture? Chalkboards, children, textbooks, and tests? Those are all correct, but there’s even more to imagine. Teachers can help in a variety of areas, like working with abused animals to teach them how to trust again or teaching someone to cope with grief. Jobs in coaching sports or other activities can also be beneficial to children and  returning athletes.

Some specific jobs: Special Education Instructor, High School Sports Coach, and Animal Rescuer.

3. Crisis Care & Medical

This area can mean anything from nursing and counseling to working in hospice or physical therapy. Medical practitioners often work with people during exceptionally difficult moments, like a cancer diagnosis or the death of a loved one, and that means a compassionate manner is necessary to getting the job done effectively. Have you ever spent a day in the hospital? Can you imagine someone with a bad bedside manner trying to stick you with a needle? Ouch!

The number of careers in the crisis-care field is huge. Firefighters. Police. EMTs. The list goes on. You can pursue a profession helping the disabled, troubled, abused, mentally ill, or elderly. They are all groups that would be especially appreciative of a tender touch of compassion.

Even more opportunities to consider: Funeral Director, Veterinarian, Concierge

These three areas are not the only places compassionate individuals are needed, but they’re fields that should require everyone to have a kind way about them. Remember, all jobs could use a little kindness. Even if you don’t wind up with a job that was mentioned, your skills of compassion and kindness will touch people in whatever position you fill.

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