I recently received my latest issue of US News & World Report. The focus of the May issue is “Jobs for the Future” and in the article “Choosing the Career Path Less Traveled: Many jobs look great on the big screen. Here are some that pay off in real life” one of the top “Overrated Careers” is “nonprofit manager”. Ouch.
Here’s what it says:
Many people want a career in which they can “make a difference.” For many, that means a career helping manage a nonprofit organization that works, for example, on environmental issues, children’s rights, or antipoverty campaigns. But many of your supervisees end up being volunteers, who, on average, tend to be less competent and reliable than paid employees. Also, much of the job often involves fundraising, which many people dislike. Plus, you’re usually expected to be so dedicated to the cause that you’re willing to work long hours for little pay. Despite all that, nonprofit management jobs that pay a good salary are difficult to find, especially now in our low economy – people donate less in tough times.
Other careers listed include: architect, professor, farmer, and police officer. For the complete list, click here. A slight irony – fundraiser was listed as one of the 30 best careers for 2009! Read the rest of this entry »