We surveyed 1,017 humanitarians to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical humanitarian. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a humanitarian?

Low

High

Working as a humanitarian typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a humanitarian?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a humanitarian typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a humanitarian?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a humanitarian. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for humanitarians.

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Do humanitarians work full-time or part-time?

72% of humanitarians work in full-time roles while 28% work part-time.

Is being a humanitarian stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst humanitarians, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a humanitarian?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a humanitarian.

How competitive is the workplace for humanitarians?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for humanitarians.

Does being a humanitarian require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for humanitarians.

Are humanitarians allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Humanitarians are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do humanitarians have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally humanitarians will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a humanitarian physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a humanitarian may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are humanitarians exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, humanitarians tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a humanitarian require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a humanitarian.

Does being a good humanitarian require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a humanitarian.