Dietitians are among the world’s best-paid occupational professionals, according to new data from the Institute of Medicine.
Key points:Drinking more alcohol, taking more antidepressants, smoking and smoking more, and having more stress in your life were all factors associated with being the best at your job onlineDrinking too much and taking too many antidepressants was also associated with the lowest career satisfaction and the lowest job satisfaction, according the studyThe online school and dietitian industries are also at the top of the career satisfaction list.
The online education sector is booming, with the US alone estimated to have over 60,000 online teachers in 2018.
The study found that the online sector employed around half of the top-paid US doctors and dentists.
In a similar study from the American Psychological Association (APA), online school education was ranked third in terms of career satisfaction, with a total of 9 per cent of respondents indicating that they had a high or very high degree of satisfaction.
The report also found that online schools were the most likely to have female students, with female teachers accounting for a quarter of the students at online schools.
Dr Andrew Lacey, a professor of economics at the University of Sydney, said the findings from the APA study were very interesting and that there were other potential factors in people’s career outcomes that were not yet studied.
“There are a lot of things that people in these professions, and the profession generally, are doing that we’re not aware of,” he said.
“One of the things that’s been suggested is that they are just getting away from some of the assumptions that were made, and they are doing some things differently.”
He said the API study highlighted some important differences between professions.
“It’s important that people understand that they can be successful in any profession, it just depends on what the assumptions are about the profession that are being made,” Dr Lacey said.
Dr Lacey has been studying careers for almost 20 years, and said there were a number of factors that influenced the people who were hired as an online or a school teacher.
“Some of those things include: whether you have a high school diploma, whether you are able to get a job in your field or whether you can do a PhD,” he told 7.30.
“What is also important is that it’s about where the market is at and that’s why we have a huge workforce of teachers in our country.”
He also said that the data showed that there was a wide range of professions, with some professions were more likely to be highly paid and those professions were less likely to pay well.
“In some cases it might not be that those professions pay well, it might be that the pay for the job is not that high,” he added.
“If you have an online school that has a higher salary, you might have more students who would come out to the school to do a degree.”
Dr Lacy said it was also important to note that there are also differences in pay between different types of jobs.
“Different industries will have different pay scales,” he explained.
“A high school education might have a different pay scale than a chiropractor.”
We have some occupations in which the pay might be quite different, and that might be because of the skill or expertise you have.
“Dr Anthony Gleeson, a PhD candidate at the School of Management at the Australian National University, said he found it interesting that many online schools did not pay well for their graduates.”
People are getting paid well in the traditional way in the economy, so why do they want to do something different?” he said.”
It’s interesting that people want to be paid for their skills, but not in the conventional sense.
“Dr Gleeson said that it was important to consider the differences between different professions, including the pay scales they use.”
When we look at these differences we can see that in many professions, like for example a chiropractist, the pay is not necessarily the same,” he noted.”
So we might have people who are doing a particular specialty in the field, and we might want to pay them better.
“Or in the dietitians profession, the salary could be higher than in other professions.”
The APA’s report also examined career satisfaction for more than 8,500 professionals in the profession, and found that a very high number of respondents were satisfied with their career outcomes, with 47 per cent reporting high or high levels of satisfaction, and 44 per cent indicating high or good levels of job satisfaction.
“Overall, people who reported high or higher job satisfaction are significantly more likely than those who reported low or low levels of career dissatisfaction to be in the workforce,” the report read.
“The findings suggest that the profession may have an attractive quality of life that attracts some of those who are most satisfied with careers in the health and social care fields.”