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11 Best Careers for Empaths

11 Best Careers for Empaths
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No one person is the same. We all have different personality types, interests and temperaments that make us assets to the business world. If we were all emotionless robots performing the same tasks, there'd be no room for passion, creativity or human connection – all crucial factors in business.

For example, empaths feel what others are feeling, absorbing their energy and feeding off their mood. While it can be exhausting to connect with so many individuals on a highly emotional level, it can benefit your career. Some of these jobs might be distressing because of your sensitive character, but using your gift to help others can be your ticket to success.

Here are 11 of the best careers for empaths. [Want to know what job fits your personality type? Find out here.]

Empaths are natural caregivers, wanting to help those who are unwell. As a nurse, you must have that instinct to help patients feel more relaxed and confident in the care they're receiving.

You can work in many places, from hospitals to nursing homes, offering comfort to those who truly need it. Not only can you help the patient, you can be a support system for their family members and loved ones.

Like nurses, psychologists help those who are experiencing health issues. Mental illnesses are just as real and debilitating as physical ones, and they require the proper attention and treatment.

Empaths can understand the depth of emotional suffering and are great at listening and offering advice. You can work in private practice or in clinics, hospitals, rehab facilities and mental health centers, guiding patients through therapy.

If you have a way with words, consider channeling your feelings through writing. Empaths experience unfamiliar and often powerful emotions, making them more creative than most. As an empath, you shouldn't feel ashamed of your ideas; let them empower you to tell a story and reach others. As a writer, you can freelance, work for a magazine, start a blog or even become an author.

Empaths don't just care for people – they care for all creatures. Seeing any living being that is suffering causes heartache. As a veterinarian, you can heal and comfort sick pets and soothe their worried owners at a clinic or animal hospital.

Artists are believed to see matters differently than others. Using their unique perspectives and emotions, they create beautiful artwork. Empaths make great artists, because they have minds bursting with passion and conflict, which act as inspiration for pieces of art. Whether you freelance, sell your own work or channel your art through other career paths, the content you create is influential.

Much like writers and artists, musicians are emotional people. As an empath with a knack for music, you can create valuable songs based on various subjects, people and circumstances. The more emotion a song has, the more relatable it becomes, offering a common ground for listeners.

Music is a great way to connect with an audience. Even if you write lyrics and perform at local clubs or cafes, you can build a following and reach more people as your popularity grows.

Empaths have people's best interests at heart, which is why being a life coach is the perfect opportunity for them. Life coaches meet with individuals or small groups to guide them through their lifestyle choices, help them reach their goals and offer encouragement. You can practice privately or for a company.

As a guidance counselor, you can change a child or young adult's life by mentoring them. Every student needs someone to assist them in their endeavors, ensuring they're meeting deadlines, staying on track with their education and pursuing opportunities they will truly love.

Empaths can understand the wants and needs of others, which helps them lead students down the right path. Work as a guidance counselor at a local school or university and put your gift to work.

Empaths want to see and help others succeed. Teachers influence students to focus on their education and achieve their desired goals.

A teacher could change someone's entire life by offering the motivation and connections they need, especially if they don't have the support at home. Depending on your schooling and interests, check out local schools and universities.

Social work is a comprehensive industry that involves many opportunities that focus on the well-being of both the individual and society. Social workers need a tough skin and the ability to stay calm and focused in emotionally charged situations.

While this career might be difficult for empaths who are easily overwhelmed by conflicting feelings and perspectives, they are better able to understand what the person needs, and the best and least painful way to give that to them. Empaths can also comfort those involved, offering reassurance and support throughout their client's journey.

Nonprofits are entities dedicated to specific social causes, like the American Red Cross and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Nonprofits need workers who aren't in it for the money but rather for emotional fulfillment, knowing they are making a difference through their everyday work. This type of mindset and compassion is what fuels these organizations and are often found in empathetic individuals who simply want to help in any capacity.

Sammi Caramela

Sammi Caramela has always loved words. When she isn't working as a Business News Daily and Business.com staff writer, she's writing (and furiously editing) her first novel, reading a YA book with a third cup of coffee, or attending local pop-punk concerts. The only time Sammi doesn't play it safe is when she's writing. Reach her by email, or check out her blog at sammisays.org.