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4 Well-Paying Careers That Touch the Hearts of People

The most exciting careers often seem to lose their shine at one point or another. While there are many reasons for this, lack of job satisfaction is one reason this happens. 

One way to avoid this slump in your professional life is to find a job that pays well and delivers high levels of job satisfaction. Often, this comes from being in a career that allows you to change lives, help people or make a difference in one’s community.

If you want to get it right from the get-go, here are four well-paying careers that allow you to do just that.

1. Occupational Therapy

 It’s no doubt that life is unpredictable and can throw some curveballs at people along the way.

At times, perfectly healthy people get into accidents or situations that make it impossible to them to do things they could do with ease before. This sudden inability to be independent lowers one’s quality of life and impacts their mental health as well.

Occupational therapists help such patients. Each new patient comes with different needs. These specialists’ role is to assess what these are, create a plan, and help the patient and their loved ones execute it.

While your patients might always need some level of support, your role is to help them adapt to their new normal and re-learn some basic skills. These small strides will mean everything to them.

2. Child Care

A good child care professional is a godsend to parents. Once you become a parent, your child becomes the most precious thing in your life.

This explains the anxiety and stress new parents face when resuming their regular working schedules after having a baby. Indeed, nothing prepares parents for the emotional rollercoaster experienced during this period.

As a childminder, your role is to take care of little ones when their parents are at work or running errands. Your everyday activities will include feeding, bathing, playing with the child, and providing comfort and nurturing until their parents return.

This job is double rewarding. Not only will parents love you for minding their kids, but the sheer joy and giggles from the tots will make your heart melt.

3. Kindergarten Teacher

If you have a passion for kids, being a kindergarten teacher is extremely rewarding.

Good kindergarten teachers are loved and remembered fondly by former student years after transitioning into other learning levels.

There is a good reason for this. These teachers are at the forefront in introducing learners to the education system. When done correctly, students at this stage build a solid foundation and have a positive association with school.

Kids at this level are also just becoming used to being away from home and their parents, making their teacher a nurturer. As a result, kids tend to form an attachment to their kindergarten teachers and are often very appreciative of their role.

4. Drug addiction Counsellors

While everyone goes through tough times from time to time, some people tend to handle life’s challenges better than others. Unfortunately, some folks find themselves entangled in substance abuse.

As this quickly unravels, it affects almost all other areas of one’s life, including career, relationships, physical and mental health, and so on.

Fortunately, a drug addiction counselor can help patients work through their problems and rid themselves of their drug problems. Once they are back healthy and get their lives back on track, their appreciation for their counselor is unexplainable.

Final Thoughts

These jobs will impact the lives of people profoundly, albeit in different ways. Aside from job satisfaction, the compensation for these jobs is not shabby either.

If you see something, you feel you’d be great at, take the next step and make it happen!

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Remote Learning Tips for Parents

While remote learning can negatively impact motivation, engagement, and curiosity, there are ways to help stressed out students.

Emily Greene suggests 5 things that parents can proactively do at home to help their kids better manage the challenges of the disruption to schooling, and for some, the partial return to in-person learning.

As she writes in her book, “School, Disrupted”, parents can help to uplift and inspire their kids by trying these things, which in turn will also help teachers!

1) Make sure your child has free time/down time every day. This is necessary to activate an important brain network called the Default Mode Network (DMN). Scientists know that the DMN is intricately tied to curiosity, creativity, and imagination which can help boost engagement and motivation in these challenging times.

2) Curate their curiosity. Asking questions stimulates curiosity, which is directly tied to engagement and joy in learning.  Parents can help jostle our children out of the “circle the correct choice” mindset and make way for open-ended questions that are vital to learning. As parents, we can be too quick to provide advice, opinions, and answers. To foster curiosity, try to hold back, ask questions, and listen. In an article for the Harvard Educational Review, Susan Engel of Williams College argues for the promotion of curiosity in schools, calling for a “shift in the way we see the traditional role of a teacher from one who answers questions to one who elicits them.”  Let this be your guiding principle–eliciting questions will uncover a treasure trove of curiosity.

3) Encourage kids to get hands-on. Ask them what they want to create, make, or build. Doing activities that are off the computer and are hands-on engage them in learning in new ways. Other ways to get hands-on are to go outside. Or, take a virtual field trip!

4) As parents, we can also help teachers come up with ideas to integrate more fun and engagement into Zoom-based lessons. Teachers have a tough job right now trying to engage both in-person and remote learners. Sharing Zoom Boosters, (found in Emily’s book) shows that you care and are engaged in being part of the solution.

5) Encourage your child to get creative with their assignments–for example, by self-advocating for choice in projects. If the teacher plans to give a multiple-choice unit test, urge your child to ask if they can make a poster, a brochure, or a podcast covering the subject matter instead. If they are uninspired by the list of writing prompts for a class paper, encourage them to ask the teacher about selecting a personalized prompt that they are more excited to write about. When they are given an assignment, encourage them to ask the teacher, “Can I make a short film for my final? Can I write a short story? Can I put on a play? Can I build a contraption that would demonstrate this principle of physics?” The worst that can happen is the teacher says no—but more often than not, teachers appreciate the initiative because they know it shows a passion for learning during a very tough time due to the pandemic.

Emily Greene (www.emilygreene.com) is author of School, Disrupted: Rediscovering the Joy of Learning in a Pandemic-Stricken World in which she shares her experience educating her children inside and outside of traditional schools. She developed the Kiddovate program, working with hundreds of teachers and students. She also is cofounder of VIVA Creative, where she and her team create live and digital experiences. When the pandemic shut down the event industry, Greene co-led VIVA in rethinking how to bring people together in a global pandemic. In 2020, she received an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award recognizing innovation during adversity.

TOP CITIES FOR ACCESS TO PEDIATRIC CARE

Many cities in California and Texas have poor patient-reported pediatric care, according to a new 2017 Vitals Access to Pediatricians report. Vitals researched the top 200 American cities to find out which metros have access to the best and worst pediatric care.

The study also revealed that mid-sized cities scored better in categories such as access and quality. Aurora, Illinois ranked #1 on the list, followed by Madison, Wisconsin at #2, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, #3.

When creating the list of America’s Top Cities for Access to Pediatric Care, Vitals analyzed the number of pediatricians available in each city on a per-capita basis for their under-18 population. Patient-reported metrics such as ease of getting an appointment, pediatrician ratings, and wait times were also factored into the final rankings.

California and Texas each had 8 of the bottom 20 cities in the rankings. Many of the cities ranked in the bottom had under-18 populations higher than the national average of 24.7 percent.

Under-18 Patient to Pediatrician Ratio

TOP CITIES

City State # Children Ped# Per Capita for Children
Cincinnati Ohio 65751 1442 45.60
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 49852 977 51.03
St. Louis Missouri 67504 1270 53.15
Orange California 32893 574 57.30
Miami Florida 76848 1326 57.95

 

BOTTOM CITIES

City State # Children Ped# Per Capita for Children
Laredo Texas 86850 57 1523.68
North Las Vegas Nevada 71693 42 1706.98
Grand Prairie Texas 55928 32 1747.76
Ontario California 50585 22 2299.32
Santa Clarita California 47053 6 7842.10

Wait time also affected the overall ranking of pediatricians. Pediatricians in the top cities kept wait times under 13 minutes (the lowest wait time being close to 10 minutes). The national average is 18 minutes, 35. Patients from cities at the bottom of the list reported wait times that stretched over 30 minutes. Five Texan cities and three Californian cities were among the bottom cities.

“When a child is ill, the primary concern for parents is getting quick access to quality care,” said Mitch Rothschild, Founder and Executive Chairman of Vitals. “Vitals not only helps consumers find top-rated pediatricians near their homes, but also make informed decisions, relying on the wisdom of others who’ve contributed to the 9 million patient ratings and reviews on the site.”

The cities ranked highest on America’s Top Cities for Access to Pediatric Care include:

City State Rank
Aurora Illinois 1
Madison Wisconsin 2
Grand Rapids Michigan 3
Minneapolis Minnesota 4
Rochester New York 5
Saint Paul Minnesota 5
Cleveland Ohio 7
Salt Lake City Utah 8
Cincinnati Ohio 9
Akron Ohio 10

To see the full list of city rankings, visit Vitals Official Website.

About Vitals

Vitals empowers everyone to shop for their health care like an expert. We bring together cost and quality transparency along with innovative consumer engagement programs to help people select high-quality, lower-cost care. Vitals leads the market with incentive and engagement programs that pay people to shop. Our solutions achieve measurable and sustainable savings for consumers, employers and health plans. Vitals helps more than 120 million people each year access better, more affordable care.