The 20 college majors that lead to the most satisfying careers

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college students campus laptop Justin Sullivan / Getty Images If you want a satisfying career, you may want to consider a health-centric major.

For some, the best jobs are the ones that make the world a better place, and choosing the right college major can help get you there.

PayScale recently filtered its salary data from this year's College Salary Report based on the percentage of respondents who said their careers have high meaning.

"The majority of workers with a bachelor's degree who tell PayScale their job makes the world a better place are in healthcare and related programs," says Gina Bremer, PayScale 's lead data analyst and data-visualization specialist. "But finding meaningful work and big paychecks doesn't necessarily go hand in hand as many of these healthcare professions don't take home top pay."

? Here are 20 college majors that may not lead to the greatest salary growth but can still offer some of the most satisfying careers:

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20. Early childhood education

20. Early childhood education

Most common jobs: Daycare teacher, preschool teacher (excluding special education), elementary school teacher

People who find their job meaningful: 77%

Starting median pay: $30,300

Mid-career median pay: $38,000

19. Health administration

19. Health administration

Most common jobs: Administrative assistant, practice manager, office manager

People who find their job meaningful: 77%

Starting median pay: $34,600

Mid-career median pay: $56,100

18. Human services

18. Human services

Most common jobs: Medical case manager, social worker, administrative assistant

People who find their job meaningful: 78%

Starting median pay: $34,100

Mid-career median pay: $43,400

17. Health

17. Health

Most common jobs: Registered nurse, administrative assistant, office manager

People who find their job meaningful: 78%

Starting median pay: $38,200

Mid-career median pay: $67,400

16. Safety management

16. Safety management

Most common jobs: Safety manager, environmental health and safety manager, safety director

People who find their job meaningful: 79%

Starting median pay: $52,600

Mid-career median pay: $80,800

15. Mining engineering

15. Mining engineering

Most common jobs: Mining engineer, mine engineer, civil engineer

People who find their job meaningful: 79%

Starting median pay: $71,500

Mid-career median pay: $109,000

14. Radiologic technology

14. Radiologic technology

Most common jobs: Radiology technologist, magnetic resonance imaging technologist, computed tomography technologist

People who find their job meaningful: 79%

Starting median pay: $46,600

Mid-career median pay: $63,800

13. Respiratory therapy

13. Respiratory therapy

Most common jobs: Respiratory therapist, respiratory therapy manager, respiratory director

People who find their job meaningful: 80%

Starting median pay: $46,400

Mid-career median pay: $62,300

12. Therapeutic recreation

12. Therapeutic recreation

Most common jobs: Recreation therapist, activities director, therapeutic recreation director

People who find their job meaningful: 80%

Starting median pay: $33,800

Mid-career median pay: $48,000

11. Athletic training

11. Athletic training

Most common jobs: Athletic trainer, physical therapy assistant, assistant athletic trainer

People who find their job meaningful: 80%

Starting median pay: $35,900

Mid-career median pay: $48,300

10. Counseling

10. Counseling

Most common jobs: Addiction counselor, office manager, social worker

People who find their job meaningful: 81%

Starting median pay: $32,300

Mid-career median pay: $40,900

9. Diagnostic medical sonography

9. Diagnostic medical sonography

Most common jobs: Ultrasound technologist, echocardiographer, vascular technologist

People who find their job meaningful: 81%

Starting median pay: $57,700

Mid-career median pay: $70,800

8. Early childhood and elementary education

8. Early childhood and elementary education

Most common jobs: Elementary school teacher, preschool teacher (excluding special education), daycare teacher

People who find their job meaningful: 81%

Starting median pay: $32,900

Mid-career median pay: $42,300

7. Dental hygiene

7. Dental hygiene

Most common jobs: Dental hygienist, dental office manager, dental hygiene instructor

People who find their job meaningful: 82%

Starting median pay: $65,800

Mid-career median pay: $72,800

6. Nursing

6. Nursing

Most common jobs: Registered nurse, registered emergency room nurse, registered operating room nurse

People who find their job meaningful: 83%

Starting median pay: $56,600

Mid-career median pay: $73,600

5. Respiratory care

5. Respiratory care

Most common jobs: Respiratory therapist, respiratory services supervisor, registered polysomnographic technologist

People who find their job meaningful: 84%

Starting median pay: $47,800

Mid-career median pay: $64,000

4. Clinical laboratory science

4. Clinical laboratory science

Most common jobs: Laboratory technologist, clinical laboratory scientist, laboratory supervisor

People who find their job meaningful: 84%

Starting median pay: $47,400

Mid-career median pay: $60,100

3. Community health education

3. Community health education

Most common jobs: Patient health educator, wellness coordinator, nonprofit program coordinator

People who find their job meaningful: 84%

Starting median pay: $35,900

Mid-career median pay: $56,500

2. Pastoral ministry

2. Pastoral ministry

Most common jobs: Pastor, associate pastor, senior pastor

People who find their job meaningful: 91%

Starting median pay: $34,500

Mid-career median pay: $49,600

1. Medical laboratory science

1. Medical laboratory science

Most common jobs: Laboratory technologist, clinical laboratory scientist, laboratory supervisor

People who find their job meaningful: 97%

Starting median pay: $46,200

Mid-career median pay: $61,500

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