8. Intelligence analyst
Percent Reporting High Levels of Meaning at Work: 80 Percent
Median Annual Pay: $72,800
Holding one of the more surprising jobs on this list, intelligence analysts feel certain that they help the world. How? “They often work for the federal government or military, and they make the world a better place by making it safer,” Bardaro says. So, while they may not feed the homeless or save endangered species, they protect average citizens from harm. A bachelor’s degree is required for this job. Foreign-language skills are often a plus. View intelligence analyst positions.