• PayScale at SXSW: Vote to Find Out How to Get the Career of Your Dreams

    Over the past few years, South by Southwest has grown from a music festival into a multi-disciplinary cultural event. Whatever you're interested in -- film, education, the environment, or emerging technologies -- you can bet there's an upcoming panel devoted to innovations that will change that field. This year, PayScale has two panels up for consideration, both focusing on how education and training can help you get the job you want and money you deserve.

  • 3 Steps to Close Your Personal Skills Gap
    Conversation about the skills gap tends to run on a broad scale: employers want X, workers only offer Y. But what about if you're one of the workers? Your first goal, then, isn't to solve the world's problems, but to fill in your own skills gap and get hired. Here's how.
  • #PayChat: The Skills Gap
    There are many factors that contribute to the skills gap. The issue is complex. On the one hand, employers believe that educational institutions are not preparing students for careers in today’s work world. On the other hand, colleges and universities say that it is their job to teach students how to think and not to provide practical job training. Schools believe that many companies have cut back on job training due to budget restraints. Whose responsibility is it to ensure that recent graduates are prepared for today’s work world?
  • Google to Pay for Women, Minorities in Tech to Learn More Code
    There's good news if you’re a woman or minority in tech and work for Google. The tech giant is in the process of "debugging inclusion," which is a geeky way to say that the company is trying to improve their numbers where women and minorities in tech are concerned.
  • Women Need to Fall in Love With Computer Science ASAP

    Last month, Google revealed, for the first time ever, just how big the company’s gender gap is. Only 30 percent of Google’s overall employees are women and when looking specifically at tech-related jobs, the number drops to 17 percent. As it turns out, Google isn’t the only tech company with alarmingly low numbers of women.

  • What's the Best Business School for You? BestMatch Goes Beyond Traditional MBA Rankings

    If you're thinking about getting an MBA, you've probably seen a lot of lists that rank the best business schools in the country. The problem is, none of those lists help you figure out which school or program is the best match for your specific needs. Launched in February 2014, BestMatch aims to help students see past the brand names and the hype to find the MBA program that will give them the career they want.

  • 8 Alternatives to a 4-Year Degree
    Life after high school or at a time of transition is like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel, and sometimes seeing that you have choices is all that matters. Here’s a list of ideas that will jump-start your brainstorming if traditional college is not for you.
  • What It Means to Be an Expert [infographic]

    To make yourself as attractive a job candidate as possible, you should always be looking for opportunities to pick up a new skill. That doesn't mean you have to attain expert status in order to catch the attention of a hiring manager. However, it's useful to get an idea of exactly what kind of investment you'd have to make, to be considered an expert by those in the know.

  • Should You Go Back to School?
    According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 4 million adults who are 35 and older are enrolled in a degree-granting institution. Workers return to school for several reasons: to get a new credential will make them more "marketable," to help them land a higher-paid position, or just to hold onto the job they have in an increasingly competitive environment.
  • Employers Value Skills Over Majors, Fancy Colleges

    A recent Gallup survey found that business leaders rate job candidates' applied skills and knowledge higher than where they went to school or even which major they concentrated in.

  • How Personal Decisions Can Cost You Big Time Professionally
    We all know that personal and professional don’t mix, but what happens when it accidentally does and it costs you your job? Find out how to keep your personal life from negatively affecting your career.
  • The Value of a Well-Rounded Education
    Critical thinking is a valuable life skill that we often develop during our school years. Many of the most successful among us earned well-rounded, higher educations and the ability to think critically.
  • Use Your Skills to Save the World: Year Up

    Year Up is an organization dedicated to closing gap between open opportunities at tech companies and urban young adults who have the desire, but not the skills and experience, to fill those roles.

  • Small Costs Make Big Differences in College Applications
    Small reductions in the cost of applying to college results in low-income students applying to, and sometimes attending, more selective schools.
  • Poor Students are Encouraged to Aim Higher
    The College Board, the group that administers the SATs, is reaching out to high-scoring, low-income students, to convince them to aim higher and apply to elite colleges and universities.
  • Confessions of College Admissions Officers
    What really goes through the minds of college admissions officers, and what it means for students applying to college.
  • Your Barista Is Also Your Underemployed Psychologist

    The bad news is that psychology majors are on PayScale's top ten list of underemployed college graduates. The good news is that if you qualify for membership in Psi Chi you may avoid counseling customers while you brew their grande lattes.

  • Interns May Be Legally Subjected to Sexual Harassment
    In most states, your internship supervisor can suggest you take off your clothes, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) won't do anything about it. Interns are not employees and do not enjoy civil rights at work.
  • How to Get More Out of Your Job (Without Winding Up Doing It All)

    It's the trickiest thing to pull off in today's workplace. We're often in pursuit of a little extra something -- meaning, money, a few extra skills -- without the unwanted responsibilities and pressure that often comes with those things.

  • Is Culinary School Worth It?
    Meet Anastasia Cassidy, recent graduate of Le Cordon Bleu of Boston. She has kindly agreed to answer some questions for PayScale in the hopes of giving students considering culinary education information to make a wise decision.