This research paper deals with motivational aspects of people working in caring professions and their satisfaction in their work. Thus not only negative aspects of working with people are being dealt with as this is often the case but also aspects of motivation and satisfaction are taken into consideration. However, the occupational strain of people in caring professions cannot be ignored. Aim of this thesis is to point out differences and similarities between two occupational groups (assistance for the disabled and working with adolescents and children), because they often differ from each other in their professional practice. The research was conducted in the Austrian province of Styria and the data obtained was analysed using SPSS 23. Altogether, 145 questionnaires were completed. The results showed that in terms of motivation, satisfaction and occupational strain no significant differences between the two occupational groups can be observed.