Do people always tell you that you’re easy to talk to and that you’re a good friend? Have people often told you that you’re kind?
It’s true that kindness is its own reward, after all being kind can lower stress and even lengthen your lifespan. But kindness can also be a sign that you’re well suited for certain career paths. We should all get paid to do what we’re best at!
So if you’re the sort of person who always takes soup to a sick friend or likes to bake your elderly neighbor cupcakes for their birthday, we’ve got a list of careers that may be absolutely perfect for you.
It’s important that teachers know their stuff, but it’s also important that they have the right temperament to work well with children. If you’re a warm and kind person, you may be perfectly suited to a career as an elementary or high school educator. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median teacher salary is $56,900/year.
Compassion is a vital trait of any good healthcare worker, and perhaps no one needs more compassion than a nurse. There are many specialties in nursing, from emergency nursing to cardiac nursing, or pediatric nursing to geriatric nursing—and everything in between. Nurses often have three or four day work weeks and the median salary for a registered nurse is $70,000/year.
Working with people to help them navigate the world, or to advocate for their best interest is a job that requires a great deal of empathy. If you’re interested in making a difference in the lives of others, a career in social work may be just the ticket. The average social worker earns $47,980/year.
More than 60% of people have dental fear so kindness and patience are critical for dental staff. If you’re a people person with a big heart who loves easing people through stressful situations, a career as a dental hygienist may be perfect for you. Most hygienists go to school for 3 years and they can expect a median salary of $74,070/year.