SSU students on campus

“The time I spent volunteering ended up shaping my career; the relationships I built serving as a volunteer counted as references in the future.”
—Shana Friedman’05, ‘10

SSU students at a table

Careers for the Common Good

Research shows that students who take service-learning classes earn more money than those who don't. ResearchOpens in new tab. also shows that students who participate in service-learning greatly increase the chances that a student will pursue a nonprofit or governmental career. Whether you choose to work for a charity, social justice organization, environmental group, start your own community organization or run for public office, you will make a living and difference in your career for the common good.

And, there are jobs in the nonprofit sector! According to the
Independent SectorOpens in new tab. nonprofits employ 11.4 million individuals, or approximately 10% of the country's workforce. To provide a comparison, more people work in the nonprofit sector than in the finance industry, including insurance and real estate, combined. Employees of nonprofit organizations account for 9% of wages paid in the U.S. in 2010, and the nonprofit sector paid $587 billion in wages and benefits to its employees.

So, what are you waiting for?

More websites with local job postings (San Francisco, Bay Area, North Bay):

More websites with California job postings:

  • IdealistOpens in new tab.-- The most comprehensive web site for working in the non-profit fields: nationwide job listings, tips on resumes, interview ideas, and other career information.
  • Nonprofit OysterOpens in new tab.-- Offers a venue for employers to post low-cost high-functionality nonprofit-related job listings, and for jobseekers to post their resume online for employers to find.

Other websites with Non Profit job postings and resources:

Salary Websites:

  • Glassdoor.comOpens in new tab.– The most complete data on real employees' salaries.
  • Occupational Outlook HandbookOpens in new tab.– Part of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, it provides information on salaries in different areas of the country.
  • JobStarOpens in new tab.– All around resource for job searching; has a section on non-profit salaries.
  • Salary.comOpens in new tab.– Gives benchmark salaries and advice.