College graduates across the country are kicking off their first job hunt, looking to launch their dream career in their field of choice. And for many recent grads, that field is non-profits.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average employment in the non-profit sector increased 8.5% from 2007 to 2012, while employment in the private sector declined 3% in the same time period.
Why are more people looking to non-profit organizations for work? While wages tend to be lower, working for a non-profit gives young people the opportunity to make a difference for their community and the world. GoodCall analysts researched over 144,000 jobs in the non-profit sector and mapped them across the U.S. to find out which towns and cities offer the best opportunity for non-profit job seekers. See our results below:
What it’s like to work for a non-profit
We asked 22 people who work at non-profits:
Why do you like working for a non-profit? Why should more college grads look for work in the non-profit sector?
The number of non-profit jobs was calculated using Indeed.com, searching available non-profit jobs in over 5,000 cities across the U.S. Cities were grouped in top 10 categories above based on population as follows:
Population ranges for each area:
Small Town: 1-19,999 residents
Large Town: 20,000-99,999 residents
Small City: 100,000 to 299,999 residents
Large City: 300,000-999,999 residents
Metropolis: 1,000,000-3,000,000 residents
Carrie is graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has a degree in English and Journalism with a concentration in Professional Writing. She served as news editor of The Seahawk campus newspaper. Since college, Carrie has worked in various digital marketing roles focusing mostly on media relations. Her writing has been featured in Yahoo! Homes and AOL Real Estate. In addition to being GoodCall's Public Relations and Communications expert, Carrie is also a regular contributor to the GoodCall newsroom, covering higher education trends and career news.