In his opening remarks at Thursday's national jobs summit, President Obama noted that unemployed Americans are missing out on a lot more than income.
"They haven’t just lost the paycheck they need to live," Mr. Obama said, "they’re losing the sense of identity and dignity that they get from having a job."
Could it be that America's employment gap is also spawning a deficit of purpose? In this vein, here are our Top 7 purpose-driven jobs.
Location: New York
Description: Coordinate the timely investigation and effective management of all matters referred to the Ethics Office. Prepare regular reports and metrics related to ethics matters and/or customer complaints for distribution to senior management, auditors and regulators. Make appropriate recommendations to improve controls and systems.
Requirements: Lawyer with 3 years experience. Familiarity with financial services industry preferred.
Employer: Startup Guru
Description: Be the "Rock of Gibraltar" for Startup Guru, a company with a system to help entrepreneurial startups from failing at their outset. Tasks include overseeing the prototyping of the Boulder operations and leading the company's national and global expansion.
Requirements: Been an entrepreneur.
Location: Hackettstown, N.J.
Employer: Mars Chocolate North America.
Description: Develop programs and strategy for projects regarding future proofing, health and wellness/nutrition, and environmental and cocoa sustainability communication and stakeholder relations. Serve as media spokesperson on a limited number of topics, and serves as a expert presenting at professional meetings. Can translate scientific studies to health professional and consumer level communications
Requirements: 5 years of experience in communicating Corporate Social Responsibility issues.
Location: West Hempstead, N.Y.
Description: A wide variety of responsibilities from overseeing the agency-wide Volunteer & Mentoring Programs, exploring development of a cross-age peer mentoring program, and serving as agency liaison to outside organizations with whom the agency collaborates.
Requirements: At least three years experience, a valid drivers license and a masters degree in social work.
5. Air Force guidance counselor
Location: Los Angeles
Employer: US Air Force
Description: Provide general adult educational and career development counseling to both military and civilian personnel. Provides professional guidance and/or counseling services to military personnel, Department of Defense civilian employees, adult family members, and military retirees pursuing vocational, technical, and professional development opportunities.
Requirements: 2+ years experience.
6. Animal shelter manager
Location: Brunswick, Maine
Employer: Coastal Humane Society
Description: Coordinate and administrative care to our shelter animals. Work with the Veterinarian in animal medical treatment and maintenance of all medical records and coordinate foster, feral and Barn Buddy programs.
Requirements: Experience ranging from 3-5 years in shelter management.
Employer: JPMorgan Chase
Description: Deliver debt and equity to select low-income housing developments. Working with a dedicated underwriting team, insure the timely completion of comprehensive and accurate written credit approval packages.
Requirements: Two years' experience in real estate lending and Bachelor's degree. Expertise in Low Income Tax Credit financing a plus but some experience in Commercial Real Estate finance required.