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Top 10 caring jobs: continued6: GP Practice manager

GP practice managers oversee and develop the work of a GP (general practitioner or family doctor) surgery.

What qualifications do I need?

A degree in business or health management may help. Employers may also look for relevant experience, or vocational qualifications offered by professional bodies. These include the City & Guilds diploma in primary care management.

How much does it pay?

Salaries start from around £20,000 for new managers in a small practice, and may rise to £60,000 for the most senior managers.

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7: Occupational therapy support worker

Occupational therapy is about helping people of all ages who have physical, mental or social issues to adapt to any aspect of their life with more confidence and control.

What qualifications do I need?

There are no set entry requirements. A relevant qualification may be an advantage. There are BTEC and City & Guilds qualifications at various levels in health and social care and an HNC in occupational therapy support at Langside College, Glasgow.

How much does it pay?

Salaries may range from around £13,000 up to £20,000 a year.

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Education welfare officers work with children, parents, carers, schools and other agencies to promote regular school attendance, deal with absenteeism and help children and young people at risk of exclusion.

What qualifications do I need?

There are no set minimum entry requirements, but entry without qualifications is unlikely. Some authorities now require a degree in social work or a professional qualification in education welfare, social work, youth and community work or teaching. The diploma in society, health and development may be relevant to this area of work.

How much does it pay?

Salaries range from around £18,000 to £55,000 a year.

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9: Political/Constituency organiser

Political/constituency organisers work for a political party. They support the elected members (MPs or councillors), or candidates standing for election. Their aim is to help the party win elections.

What qualifications do I need?

There are no specific entry qualifications, but most applicants have a degree. It is important to demonstrate a commitment to the party by having worked for them in a voluntary capacity first.

Political parties also have national youth organisations in which young people can become actively involved.

How much does it pay?

Salaries for political/constituency organisers may range from £19,000 to £35,500 a year.

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10: Volunteers manager

Volunteers managers are responsible for recruiting, training, organising, motivating and supporting unpaid volunteers. They may be involved in a range of activities, from working in charity shops and fundraising, to assisting on a conservation, environmental or community project.

What qualifications do I need?

Employers do not usually have any formal entry requirements, although some employers may require a degree or relevant professional qualification. There is a great emphasis on work experience within the voluntary sector.

How much does it pay?

Salaries may range from around £18,000 a year to around £40,000 for senior staff.

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