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.

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. Athletic training

20. Athletic training

Common jobs: Athletic Trainer, physical therapist, assistant athletic trainer

People who find their job meaningful: 76%

Starting median pay: $36,000

Mid-career median pay: $51,900

19. Human Services

19. Human Services

Common jobs: Medical case manager, social worker, program coordinator, non-profit organization

People who find their job meaningful: 78%

Starting median pay: $34,000

Mid-career median pay: $44,600

18. Social work

18. Social work

Common jobs: Social worker, medical case manager, social services director

People who find their job meaningful: 78%

Starting median pay: $33,800

Mid-career median pay: $46,700

17. Medical laboratory technology

17. Medical laboratory technology

Common jobs: Medical/clinical laboratory technologist, clinical laboratory scientist, medical/clinical laboratory supervisor

People who find their job meaningful: 78%

Starting median pay: $48,500

Mid-career median pay: $64,000

16. Foods & nutrition

16. Foods & nutrition

Common jobs: Dietitian, nutrition services director, certified diabetes educator

People who find their job meaningful: 79%

Starting median pay: $40,900

Mid-career median pay: $58,700

15. Health

15. Health

Common jobs: Registered nurse, respiratory therapist

People who find their job meaningful: 79%

Starting median pay: $35,700

Mid-career median pay: $60,700

14. Dental hygiene

14. Dental hygiene

Common jobs: Dental hygienist

People who find their job meaningful: 79%

Starting median pay: $65,400

Mid-career median pay: $74,900

13. Environmental health and safety

13. Environmental health and safety

Common jobs: Safety manager, environmental health and safety specialist, health and safety coordinator

People who find their job meaningful: 79%

Starting median pay: $51,200

Mid-career median pay: $89,800

12. Community health education

12. Community health education

Common jobs: Patient/health educator, program manager, non-profit organization, wellness coordinator

People who find their job meaningful: 80%

Starting median pay: $37,200

Mid-career median pay: $55,200

11. Dietetics

11. Dietetics

Common jobs: Dietitian, certified diabetes educator (cde), nutrition services director

People who find their job meaningful:80%

Starting median pay: $44,300

Mid-career median pay: $60,500

10. Therapeutic recreation

10. Therapeutic recreation

Common jobs: Recreation therapist, activities director, life enrichment coordinator

People who find their job meaningful: 81%

Starting median pay: $35,200

Mid-career median pay: $47,700

9. Exercise physiology

9. Exercise physiology

Common jobs: Exercise physiologist, physical therapy assistant, personal trainer

People who find their job meaningful: 83%

Starting median pay: $38,400

Mid-career median pay: $60,300

8. Respiratory therapy

8. Respiratory therapy

Common jobs: Respiratory therapist, respiratory therapy manager

People who find their job meaningful: 83%

Starting median pay: $46,200

Mid-career median pay: $62,900

7. Diagnostic medical sonography

7. Diagnostic medical sonography

Common jobs: Ultrasound technologist, echocardiographer, vascular technologist

People who find their job meaningful: 83%

Starting median pay: $57,700

Mid-career median pay: $71,100

6. Nursing

6. Nursing

Common jobs: Registered nurse, registered emergency-room nurse, nurse practitioner

People who find their job meaningful: 83%

Starting median pay: $57,500

Mid-career median pay: $74,100

5. Physician assistant studies

5. Physician assistant studies

Common jobs: Physician assistant, orthopedic physician assistant, cardiothoracic physician assistant

People who find their job meaningful: 86%

Starting median pay: $85,200

Mid-career median pay: $103,000

4. Practical nursing

4. Practical nursing

Common jobs: Registered nurse, licensed practical nurse

People who find their job meaningful: 88%

Starting median pay: $45,300

Mid-career median pay: $58,100

3. Physical therapy

3. Physical therapy

Common jobs: Physical therapist, rehabilitation services director, director of physical therapy

People who find their job meaningful: 89%

Starting median pay: $60,300

Mid-career median pay: $86,600

2. Pastoral ministry

2. Pastoral ministry

Common jobs: Pastor, youth pastor

People who find their job meaningful: 93%

Starting median pay: $32,800

Mid-career median pay: $50,500

1. Medical laboratory science

1. Medical laboratory science

Common jobs: Medical/clinical laboratory technologist, clinical laboratory scientist, laboratory manager

People who find their job meaningful: 93%

Starting median pay: $47,900

Mid-career median pay: $61,500

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