Career Options for Good Listeners
Most jobs that require any kind of social interaction need to be filled by those with good listening skills. However, some careers, particularly those that work with patients or clients on a daily basis, may be more suited for especially good listeners who can take the time to hear and understand those they work with. Below is a table that lists some of the possible jobs in a few different fields that could be appealing for those who are good listeners.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2016)*||Job Growth (2014-2024)*|
|Personal Finance Advisors||$90,530||30%|
|Human Resources Managers||$106,910||9%|
|Mental Health Counselors||$42,840||20%|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career Information for People Who are Good Listeners
Personal Finance Advisors
Personal finance advisors need good listening skills as they meet with clients to determine and understand their short- and long-term financial goals. These advisors then make recommendations on various kinds of savings accounts, insurances, investments and more that can help their clients reach their goals. Personal finance advisors need to be able to explain each option to their clients and answer any questions that they may have. They will also carefully monitor their clients' accounts and make or suggest any necessary adjustments. Most personal finance advisors have at least a bachelor's degree, and those in higher positions may hold a master's degree and certification.
Social workers listen to their clients and carefully assess their living situations and needs. They need to talk and listen to their clients to help diagnose behavioral or emotional issues, as well as assist clients as they adjust to hard life situations, such as divorce or unemployment. Social workers fight for their client's well-being and suggest different kinds of social services that could help them. Some of these workers may specialize in working with children and families, providing clinical treatment or working in schools and healthcare facilities. Clinical social workers need a master's degree and license, but the rest may only require a bachelor's degree.
Registered nurses (RNs), and most healthcare workers that interact with patients, need to listen to their patients in order to provide the best patient care possible. RNs interact with patients on a daily basis as they record medical histories, assist physicians with exams, administer medication, observe the patient and perform diagnostic tests. They also talk to the patient and their families about the patient's condition, how to cope with it, what to expect and carefully listen to any concerns or questions the patient may have. RNs must have a license, but can either hold a diploma, associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing.
Massage therapists are somewhat similar to nurses in that they work directly with patients and may discuss the patient's medical history to help understand a patient's condition. However, these therapists specialize in using touch to manipulate soft tissues and muscles of the body. This requires massage therapists to carefully listen to their client prior to treatment to try and understand the patient's desired results, such as relieving stress or improving circulation, as well as during treatment to know if they are using the proper amount of pressure or are working in the correct area of the body. They may also make recommendations to the patient about stretches or other techniques to improve their condition, and monitor a patient's progress. These professionals usually need a license or certification that entails 500 hours or more of experience, but requirements vary by state.
Human Resources Managers
Human resources managers are responsible for many different tasks within an organization, but in general they plan and oversee the administrative side of an organization. They may be in charge of recruiting, interviewing and hiring new staff members, assist with strategic planning for the organization and consult on various human resource issues. Although all of these tasks require good listening skills, human resources managers may especially need these skills when handling staffing issues, such as helping resolve conflicts or enforcing disciplinary action. Most human resources managers have at least a bachelor's degree and experience in the field, but some may hold a master's degree.
Mental Health Counselors
Mental health counselors must have good listening skills as they meet and work with clients to overcome a wide variety of mental and/or emotional issues. They may work with individuals, couples, families or groups of people to listen to their problems and help them process their reactions to various situations. Mental health counselors may then work closely with their clients to set goals and develop the appropriate skills and behaviors to respond to stressful situations. They monitor a client's progress and may even suggest additional community resources to help the client, like support groups and treatment facilities. Mental health counselors typically need a state license and at least a master's degree to work with clients.