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  • What Does 'Job Meaning' Mean, Anyway?
    PayScale's latest report, The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs, looks at which occupations are described by workers as making the world a better place. The jobs that make the list probably won't come as a surprise – surgeon is on there, as is English teacher and clergy member – but that doesn't mean that every high-meaning job looks exactly the same.
  • The 5 Best Jobs for Do-Gooders
    First things first: not everyone needs saving the world to be part of their job description, and that's 100 percent OK. For some people, giving back happens on the weekends, or after work, and the office is just the place where they earn a paycheck. For others, however, no job could be truly rewarding – well-compensated or not – without the feeling that the work they do helps others. As part of PayScale's data package, Best Jobs for You, we included a special section just for these folks.
  • 5 Perks That Make Teaching Worth It
    Teachers are famously underpaid, if you take into consideration the importance of what they do and the amount of education it takes to prepare them for their careers. But if you think teaching is a thankless job without any advantages, think again.
  • If More Women Do 'Male' Jobs, Will Pay Equalize?

    There are a lot of theories about why women still make less than men. Some experts hold that the problem is institutional sexism, others that women don't speak up enough and ask for what they want. PayScale's own report found that women are paid less, in part, because they choose work that gives back to society, instead of their own bottom line. The question, of course, is what we can do to reverse the trend, and compensate men, women -- and "male" and "female" professions -- fairly.

  • Online Teaching Jobs - Online English Instructor Job Description
    Name: Latorial Faison
    Job Title: Online English Instructor
    Current Employer: DeVry University Online
    Where: Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Years of Experience: 10
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Higher Education Administration, Public School Teacher, Poet/Writer
    Education: Univ. of Virginia, 1995, BA English; VA TECH, 1997, MA English; Univ. of Phoenix, 2014, Ph.D. Higher Education Admin.
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median salaries for online education jobs.

    Online Teaching Jobs - Online English Instructor Job Description

    Many people dream of working from home, but anyone who has searched for Internet-based employment knows that it can be hard to find legitimate online jobs. However, if you have the credentials to apply for college-level teaching jobs, an online instructor position could provide the freedom of a home-based job along with the professional satisfaction of an academic career.

    Careers in online education have grown in the last several years, including jobs at online universities. In this Salary Story, we hear from an experienced online instructor who teaches for DeVry University. Find out why online jobs for teachers can be both challenging and rewarding.


    PayScale: What is your online teacher job description?


    I teach English courses online from the comfort of my own home. I manage one to two courses every eight weeks. Course management includes contacting students via e-mail regularly; posting course and university announcements to students; and grading weekly discussions, writing assignments, and team assignments. In addition, I enter grades several times a week in the online grade book. I teach in the eCollege platform. Sometimes contacting students via telephone is required, but most contact occurs through the online environment or via e-mail.
  • Green Jobs - Green Building Specialist
    Name: Valerie Garrett, LEED AP
    Job Title: Coordinator, Regional Green Building Hotline and Green Building Specialist
    Where: Portland, OR
    Years of Experience: Two years at present job; 18 in career
    Education: University of Houston Bachelor of Architecture with Honors, Architectural license, LEED Accredited Professional
    Employer: City of Portland Oregon Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Green Building Program
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median salaries in the green building industry.

    Green Jobs - Green Building Specialist

    Green building. Green energy. Green products. Green is the eco-friendly catchphrase of the century and multiple industries are adopting it as their own. Demand is slowly increasing for both greener products and building design as consumers become aware of the importance of sustainability. This shift toward environmentally friendly consumerism also means the creation of more green jobs.

    The following Salary Story provides one example of what a green job can look like. Green building guru Valerie Garrett describes the multiple facets of her job - from education to outreach to marketing and more. As a green building specialist and coordinator of a regional green building hotline, Valerie helps local residents and business owners make their lives and work more green. Keep reading to find out if this green job would be right for you.

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  • Jobs for English Majors: They Do Exist

    The butt of every cocktail party joke – the English major. “Oh, that’s nice that you read Shakespeare. But, how does that get you a job?”

    Well, it turns out that wordsmithing just might be the ticket in to today’s job market. According to a survey of HR professionals by global outplacement agency Challenger, Gray and Christmas and quoted in a New York Times article, “Young Workers: U Nd 2 Improve Ur Writing Skills,” the number one skill missing amongst entry-level job applicants is “writing skills.” Huh, sounds like that business degree may not do the trick for getting started in a new career.

  • Who Makes More - Blue Collar Jobs versus White Collar Jobs
  • Art Education Salary: Art Teacher Salary

    Name: Kelly T.M. Kilmer
    Job Title: Art Teacher and Mixed Media Artist
    Where: Across the U.S. and Abroad
    Employer: Independent Contractor/Self Employed
    Years of Experience: 10
    Education: Some College, Self-Taught in the Arts
    Salary: According to the PayScale Research Center, the average art teacher salary (post-secondary) in major cities ranges from $38,849 to $47,550.

    Art Education Salary: Art Teacher Salary

    Many people dream of being successful artists, but the requirements to be an art teacher involve more than artistic talent or skill. We recently spoke to art education teacher Kelly Kilmer who instructs classes in mixed media techniques. She emphasized that one of the requirements to be an art teacher is, of course, to really love teaching. If you want to learn about other requirements to be an art teacher, or want more info on an art education salary and art education jobs, this Salary Story is a must-read.

    Kelly told told us about her mixed media workshops and the factors that affect an art teacher salary. When she's not teaching, Kelly works on her own mixed media art projects. She truly loves to make and share art with others - another of her requirements to be an art teacher (or at least an exceptional one). For those interested in art education, this interview is sure to get those creative (and career) juices flowing!

  • Elementary School Teacher Salaries

    Name: John Rickey
    Job Title: Elementary School Teacher
    Where: Toronto, Canada
    Employer: Private
    Years of Experience: 15
    Education: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for average Elementary School Teacher salaries.

    Elementary School Teacher Salaries

    These days the topic of elementary school teacher salaries is a hot button! Everyone agrees that the responsibilites and duties of an elementary school teacher are very important. However, some say that elementary school teacher salaries are too low, while others believe that elementary school teacher salaries are too high. For those interested in teacher salaries, or becoming an elementary school teacher, this Salary Story promises to be a real education.

    Recently, elementary school teacher John Rickey gave us lessons on the elementary school teacher career ladder, benefits of becoming an elementary school teacher, his steps in becoming an elementary school teacher, how technology impacts the duties of an elementary school teacher and his take on elementary school teacher salaries. What's the appeal of teaching? Do elementary school teacher salaries draw people to the profession, or is it the satisfaction of working with kids, or something else? If you're intrigued by the idea of teaching or want more info on becoming an elementary school teacher, read on!

  • College Professor Salaries

    Name: Margaret Soltan
    Job Title: College Professor
    Where: Washington D.C.
    Employer: George Washington University  
    Years of Experience: 25
    Education: B.A., Northwestern University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Chicago
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for median college professor salaries.

    College Professor Salaries

    For readers who have ever wondered how to become a college professor or asked, "What factors influence college professor salaries?" this Salary Story will prove to be quite an education! Recently, we spoke to Washington D.C. college professor Margaret Soltan about her career steps, advice on how to become a college professor, daily life as a college professor and how some in this field supplement their college professor salaries.

    If you're interested in typical salaries for college professors, how to become a college professor, or how to earn the highest college professor salaries, it's time to take your seat and start class!

  • Marine Biologist Salary: Becoming a Marine Biologist

    Name: Dr. James B. Wood
    Job Title: Marine Biologist
    Where: Bermuda
    Employer: BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
    Years of Experience: 7 (post PhD)
    Education: PhD
    Salary: A Marine Biologist Median Salary is $51,957

    Marine Biologist Salary: Becoming a Marine Biologist

    For readers who want more info about the average marine biologist salary or careers in marine biology, you have come to the right interview. We recently spoke to Dr. James B. Wood, a marine biologist stationed in Bermuda, who discussed his steps in becoming a marine biologist.

    James explained the qualifications for becoming a marine biologist, the average marine biologist salary in the academic world, and different options for students who are excited about careers in marine biology. He also gave a very realistic outlook for careers in marine biology and revealed some of the factors that can impact a marine biologist salary. James explained that careers in marine biology can be both challenging and exciting, but limited funding for research means greater competition for marine biologists, as well as less job security.

    Marine biology may be a labor of love, but if you're excited and determined about becoming a marine biologist, James says to go for it. Keep reading to find out how this successful scientist has shaped his own career in marine biology.

  • Average Salary for a Youth Pastor

    Name: Brian Eberly
    Job Title: Youth Pastor (Pastor to Students)
    Where: Tigard, Oregon
    Employer: 180 Student Ministries and Tigard First Baptist Church
    Years of Experience: 20
    Education: Bachelor Degree from Multnomah Bible College, Portland, OR
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average salary for a youth pastor.

    Average Salary for a Youth Pastor

    A youth pastor job description can be varied and unique, often involving a combination of ministry, community outreach, and couseling. Because of this variation, youth pastor salaries also tend to vary. For those interested in pursuing a career as a youth pastor, you don't want to miss this Salary Story with Brian Eberly, a youth pastor with 20 years of experience to share.

    In this interview, Brian discusses his youth pastor job (which he blogs about on brianeberly.com), steps to becoming a youth pastor and important characteristics of effective youth pastors. He also provides info on the many factors that affect youth pastor salaries. If you've ever wondered about a youth pastor career, then keep reading!

  • School Teacher Salaries: Middle School Teacher

    Name: Holly Olsen
    Job Title: Middle School Teacher
    Where: Minneapolis, MN
    Years of Experience:11
    Salary: $50,000
    Employer: Anwatin Middle School
    Education: Masters in Teaching, B.A. Literary Studies

    School Teacher Salaries: Middle School Teacher

    Teaching is often a harder profession than many would think. And when it comes to school teacher salaries, the starting salary for a teacher and average school teacher salaries can vary from school district to school district. We decided to find out what it takes to create a successful teaching career. In this salary story, we got teaching career info from a middle school teacher in Minnesota who knew that she wanted to teach at a young age and had an early childhood philosophy of teaching. Even though she loves her job, her teaching career has many challenges.

    The next time you wonder whether school teacher salaries are too high or too low, consider what Holly faces at work. Besides the normal challenges of the classroom, teachers at her school deal with everything from fights in the hallways to the struggles of homeless students. Holly explains that teachers have a high burnout rate. But, if you love teaching as she does, the rewards outway the challenges. If you want to know more about school teacher salaries, teaching career info, or how to become a middle school teacher, keep reading!