What is a Humanitarian?

A Humanitarian is a person who actively engages in promoting human welfare and social reforms. There is no prejudice with human suffering or abuse on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, tribal, caste, religious or national divisions. A Humanitarian's goal is to save lives, relieve suffering, and to maintain human dignity.

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What does a Humanitarian do?

Humanitarian's give relief to people that are experiencing hardship or suffering. They dispense things to people in need such as food, water, clothing, shelter, equipment and medical supplies. Generally, a Humanitarian's aim is to give relief and help to people in unfortunate and desperate situations. This can also be in the form of rescuing and providing safety for refugees, providing shelter and food for the homeless, or helping people in the aftermath of natural disasters or civil unrest.

There is a range of specialized fields from logistics to security. They accommodate to people in need and give them basic necessities such as food, water, shelter, medicine and equipment. They can also provide a safe haven for those people as well as ensure safety of those providing the relief, protection of goods and equipment, and protect the people being helped.

This job isn't only about delivering humans with help. The environment and animals effected by disasters need help too. A great example are those who helped to clean up the environment and animals affected by the recent oil spill.

Overall, there is a range of work for anyone with compassion and drive to help and do as much as they can for others.

What does it take to be a Humanitarian?

First, you need passion and drive to want to help others. Willingness to travel to places in need of help, and be able to offer people whatever they need, is very important.

Start volunteering at various organizations, hospitals, etc. to give yourself a feel of what the job would entitle, as well as a background in helping others.

College is not necessarily something needed to help others, but it could be helpful.

Someone interested in the welfare of the planet, and wants to protect the environment would benefit from taking a Geology course.

Sociology and psychology are also great Majors for those wanting to help people. It will give you the information you need on different areas you will be helping, and how to accommodate to specific area's and people's needs.

You're considered a Humanitarian just by donating money to help fun relief efforts of those that travel to help those in need, like various Celebrities and people involved in Politics.

To find different area's that you can work in, visit http://www.reliefweb.int and go to "Vacancies" to find a complete listing of Jobs around the World.

What is the workplace of a Humanitarian like?

The workplace is not subject to one place. It is anywhere that is in need of your Services. Most likely you will be working in poor conditions usually after war, famine, disease, and natural disasters, with people in very poor condition.

There is also the choice to work with those in need, in your area. That involves little traveling, but the same type of work. If you want to offer your help to those all over the world, you will be traveling much more frequent.

If you work for a specific organization, that has people in need come to them, you will be working in that organizations building. Your work place is specific to what they want to give.

For example, if you work in a homeless shelter, you most likely will be working all over the building. There are also Business area's of the organization that you can work in. They take care of any kind of paperwork or financial things that organization needs to help promote the welfare of those they help.

Expect work to vary. Work will always be available, because there will always be people in need of your services.

It can require long nights, and early mornings dedicated to those in need.

How much does a Humanitarian earn?

Depending on the organization you work for, your salary can vary. Usually your salary depends on your experience.

Salaries range from $20,000 a year to $100,000.

If this will be your way of income, contact the organization you would like to work for, to find out their wages for workers.

Although, most Humanitarian's do not believe in getting rewards in money, they benefit from helping others and money doesn't normally matter to them. Some would be fine working for almost nothing, just so they can help others. Most money from the organizations goes to fund the people they help, not the workers.

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