Fundraising is ranked among the best careers this year by U.S. News and World Report, receiving a grade of “A” in all categories including prestige and job market outlook.
The report, which was issued electronically in January and recently published in the magazine's print edition, also gave fundraising an “A” in job satisfaction and training difficulty.
Other jobs that made the top 30 include audiologist, firefighter, higher education administrator, mediator, urban regional planner and veterinarian.
In its secton about fundraising, the magazine writes:
Whether it's for a political party or the Little League, many people like the idea of being a fundraiser, except for one thing: "I could never ask for money." Fact is, only a small percentage of a development (fundraising) professional's time is spent on 'the ask.'
In fact, the task is often easy if you've built a relationship with the donor and made the donor's involvement in the organization pleasant. Most of a development professional's time is spent recruiting, training, and motivating volunteers, developing a database of donors, conducting research on wealthy prospects to maximize the size of their donations, friendraising, writing grant proposals, overseeing E-mail and phone campaigns, and/or running fundraising events, like a splashy gala. The best development professionals naturally inspire trust. They're intelligent but low key and comfortable being self-effacing: That makes donors feel as though they're a cut above. Low-pressure, polished sales managers do well as fundraisers and fundraising managers.