• These 5 Middle Class Jobs Are on the Decline

    The U.S. economy added over 2.1 million jobs in 2013, but many of those new jobs were in low-paying industries like administrative support and leisure and hospitality. With the growing gap between the richest and the poorest Americans, many fear that the middle class itself is dying out.

  • The Worst Jobs in the World Matrix [infographic]

    Think your job is tough? It could always be worse. A look at Lapham's Quarterly's matrix of the worst jobs in the history of man will make you happy to return to your 9-to-5.

  • Robots Won't Steal All the Jobs (But They Will Take Some)

    Since the early days of science fiction, man has worried that robots would eventually take their jobs. So far, the news seems to be mixed -- sometimes robots giveth jobs and sometimes they taketh them away. But certain low-paying occupations are more at risk for robotic replacement than others.

  • Stressed Across America [infographic]

    Stressful jobs are the same, no matter where you live. If you're a heart surgeon or an air traffic controller, you're going to be a little tense from time to time. But some cities have higher concentrations of certain stressful jobs. PayScale's latest infographic looks at these.

  • 3 Jobs That Burn Calories

    Those of us who sit for a living are well-aware of how fitness-deficient our jobs tend to be. But some people don't have to worry about squeezing in exercise; their jobs burn all the calories they need.

  • New Manufacturing Jobs, Thanks to Robots

    Historically, when we hear a story about robots and the world of work, the news is bad for humans, who are losing jobs as bank tellers, customer service reps, and airline ticket agents, thanks to automation. But some manufacturers are adding robots to their lines -- and increasing the need for human workers as a result.

  • Your Favorite Hobby Is a Job (With a High Fatality Rate)
    On CNN's list of the ten most dangerous jobs, fishing has the second-highest fatality rate.
  • Roofing Is Not for the Faint of Heart
    With a reputation for being one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America, perhaps roofing should pay more than $34,000 per year.
  • That Ford Commercial Guy Says College Is Overrated and He Isn't Wrong

    Mike Rowe is best known (at least to me) as the really American-looking dude that pitched Ford cars and trucks in his signature baseball cap.

  • Earn a Six-Figure Income Cleaning Crime Scenes
    The life of a crime scene cleaner might not be glamorous, but it's well-paid. These folks swoop in after the CSI-type stuff is over, and transform crime scenes back into homes, places of business, and public spaces.
  • Can Doritos-Flavored Tacos Save the Economy?
    Well, America, it seems we’ve found a solution to unemployment: Dorito-flavored tacos. Or at least that's what Taco Bell is crediting for the recent creation of 15,000 new jobs.
  • Best Paid Skilled Labor Jobs
    Skilled labor jobs can pay well, even very well. Yet, many young people feel the pressure to get a college degree and don’t consider hands-on labor. Fortunately, a growing movement hopes to get younger workers enthused about building, fixing, and installing.
  • Physically Active Jobs: 6 Jobs That Will Make You Healthier
  • What Is the Annual Salary for a Vet Tech?

    Name: Jade Egelhoff
    Job Title: Elephant Veterinary Technician
    Years of Experience: 0-1
    Where: Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Education: Gig Harbor High School; Tacoma Community College, Associate Degree; Elephant Veterinary Training and First Aid, Thailand Animal Behavior Training; Humane Society HIV/AIDS Brief Risk Intervention Training
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median annual salaries for vet tech professionals.

    What is the Annual Salary for a Vet Tech?

    Looking for a truly unique way to gain veterinary tech experience? Why not travel to a foreign country to help animals in need? That's exactly what Jade Egelhoff did by going all the way to Thailand to work as an elephant vet technician. In this interview, Jade describes what it was like to rehabilitate Asian elephants, explains how she adapted to life in a foreign culture and offers advice to any vet techs who might be looking for an adventure. For those who love animals as well as travel, this is a must-read interview. To find out more about the annual salary for a vet tech or related careers, see the links at the bottom of this post.

  • Housekeeper Jobs - Hotel Housekeeping
    Name: Sharon M.
    Job Title: Hotel Housekeeper
    Where: St. Louis Park, MN
    Years of Experience: 3
    Education: Cooper High School
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Used to be a housekeeper in a nursing home.
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average wage for housekeepers.

    Housekeeper Jobs - Hotel Housekeeping

    It's easy to imagine some of the challenges that might come with hotel housekeeping jobs, like trashed party rooms or difficult customers. But, as Sharon explains in this Salary Story, housekeeping jobs also have certain rewards. Sharon describes her past experience as a housekeeper, including how she chose to work in hotel housekeeping and what she liked best about the job. Keep reading to find out why housekeeping jobs can be perfect for college students or entrepreneurs looking to start a business.

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  • Make $30 an Hour Without a Four-Year Degree
    For job seekers without a four-year degree, breaking the $25-an-hour barrier can be a challenge. But with more technical certification and associate's degree programs than ever, many well-paying career options are accessible in a broad range of industries.
  • Hotel Housekeeping Supervisor Job Description
    Name: Vincenta Castillo
    Job Title: Deputy Head Housekeeper
    Where: Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    Years of Experience: 12 years
    Education: Teesside University Diploma on Business Information Technology and Management
    Employer: Mcdonald Old Swan Hotel, Mcdonald Gisborough Hall Hotel
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average wage for housekeeper.

    Hotel Housekeeping Supervisor

    Hotel housekeeping is steeped in history. From the beginning of the noble class in England the position of head housekeeper has been one of the top jobs of the commoners. Now, in modern times, all of the nobles have been replaced by bankers and their castles have been converted to high class hotels and resorts. What remains are the housekeeping staff and the important role of head housekeeper. Vincenta Castillo has been carrying on the tradition for more than a decade and has house keeping lesson plans to show you what it takes to be successful in this age-old profession. In this Salary Story, Vincenta shares her hotel housekeeping definition, including the roles and responsibilities of the housekeeping department, and provides an insider's look at what life is really like for hotel housekeepers.

    What is a housekeeping supervisor job description?

    Deputize and supervise the housekeeping department along with the head housekeeper. Allocate bedrooms to be cleaned by the room attendant and check cleaned bedrooms to make sure they meet the core standard of cleaning. Check bedrooms for maintenance - attention to details and presentation are very important. Every six months I do the following: re-training on health and safety and do the risk assessment on staff, re-training the room attendant to the high core standard of hygiene and cleanliness of the bedrooms, re-introduce any changes on different cleaning materials and chemicals to be used, ask for staff feedback and give incentives for jobs well-done.
  • Building Maintenance Career
    Name: Eddy Wedertz, Sr.
    Job Title: Retail Store Building Maintenance Supervisor
    Where: Fort Myers, FL
    Years of Experience: 21 years
    Education: Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA, Air-conditioning major, Math and Electrical minors.
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median salary of a building maintenance supervisor.

    Building Maintenance Supervisor

    The importance of building maintenance is often taken for granted until something stops working. All of a sudden work grinds to a halt because the lights have gone out, the ceiling is leaking onto your computer, or the office is the temperature of the sun. That’s when Eddy Wedertz is transformed into a hero. He and others like him are the only people who know the maintenance plans and procedures required to take care of any problem within a given building or business. So the next time you see your maintenance manager, thank them - they not only make your job easier, they make it possible.
  • President of Seattle Remodeling Services Company
    Name: Bill Bevan
    Job Title: President of Remodeling Services Company
    Where: Lynwood, WA - Greater Seattle Area
    Employer: Bevan's, Inc. - Seattle, WA Remodeling Services
    Years of Experience: 20 years of general contracting and remodeling
    Education: Ballard High School
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average general contractor salary.

    Career Profile: President of Remodeling Services Company

    As the president of a Seattle remodeling services company, Bill Bevan has his work cut out for him. His company, Bevan's Inc. handles numerous remodeling jobs in the Seattle area, from small repairs to extensive home expansions. In this interview, Bill shares his experience working in the construction industry. He describes the responsibilities involved in operating a remodeling services company and explains both the challenges and benefits of running a business. For those just entering the field, Bill offers advice on how to get started on a successful career path.