3 Reasons to Work For a Nonprofit Organization
When individuals consider what kind of education is necessary for their careers and how long they should plan on attending college, they are typically looking ahead to their future employment options as well. Unfortunately, the world of nonprofit work looks unappealing to some people, largely due to the myth that nonprofits offer their staff lower salaries than they might get elsewhere. However, there are countless reasons to choose to work in a nonprofit organization, and earning an undergraduate and even a graduate degree in a major like psychology or public administration is often the best place to start. With over 1.6 million nonprofit and charitable organizations currently operating in the United States, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there is no shortage of work opportunities available. Here are three reasons to work for a nonprofit organization after earning your degree.
1. Feel Rewarded and Fulfilled
Unlike a career where the finances and budget are the bottom line, working in a nonprofit organization can help individuals to feel rewarded and fulfilled at the end of the workday. Charitable and nonprofit organizations often take on social and environmental problems like global warming, deforestation, child abuse or sexism. Since your hard work will go toward ending these problems on the local, national or even global level, you will feel truly satisfied. The key is finding an organization where you feel as if you are making a real difference, and where the key issues that you will be working on are near and dear to your heart.
2. Earn a Comparable Salary
A big myth in the education field and among new employees is that wages in the nonprofit sector are much lower than those in the for-profit sector in health care, retail or financial companies. In reality, most entry level jobs, especially immediately after receiving an undergraduate degree, offer comparable salaries to other industries. The big difference comes much later on, after 10 or 20 years of service. At this level, it is true that salaries can be lower in the nonprofit sector. Those with management positions with years of experience in a nonprofit can expect to earn an average of $34.24 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the United States, and those in the private sector will earn an average of $41.86.
3. Interact With Like-Minded Peers
Sonia Johnson once said,“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.” Working in a nonprofit organization means that you will be surrounded by people like you. These people will have similar ambitions, goals and desires, and they will be more interested in changing the world than earning big salaries. Since the majority of nonprofit offices have less then 12 employees, you will have the opportunity to make close connections with your colleagues in this environment.
Working in a nonprofit certainly allows you to make a difference in the world. However, it also has many personal benefits like reasonable salaries, the opportunity to meet others like you and the chance to feel satisfied and rewarded at the end of each day.
Emily North is a full-time writer for higher ed blogs and journals nationwide with a focus on online education opportunities. Several schools offer online degrees, including onlinempa.usfca.edu and www.northwestern.edu.