• 5 Jobs for People Who Love Travel

    Most workers who travel as part of their jobs get to see the insides of identical conference centers from sea to shining sea. It's exciting if you like single-serving coffee or collect hotel soaps, and less exciting if your true love is travel -- the real kind, where you get to immerse yourself in a culture, however briefly, and see the world from a whole new perspective. If that's your idea of the perfect gig, these jobs might be a good fit for you.

  • 5 Jobs That Pay Well, But May Not Be Fulfilling

    Some jobs don’t offer warm fuzzies, but they do give you a fat paycheck. If having that comfortable income is a priority for you, and you can find meaning in other aspects of your life, then here are some careers you might want to consider.

  • Careers in Social Media

    You’re a social WHAT?! Not long ago if you tried explaining the role of a Social Media Manager to your parents or someone from their generation, you were likely to get a blank stare, a look of serious confusion, or a flood of questions. Insta WHAT?! Facebook WHO?! My, how the times have changed. Social media is now a daily norm for most people, influencing many facets of personal and professional life. According to LinkedIn, Social Media Marketing was the hottest skill of 2013.

  • If You Don't Enjoy Being Yelled at, Don't Work in These Industries [infographic]

    Seattle-based mobile advertising firm Marchex decided to rank the jobs that get yelled at the most over the phone. They found that folks working in tech could expect to get chewed out more than almost any other job.

  • 5 Holiday Jobs That Make Big Bucks

    Forget being Santa's elf or wrapping packages at your local department store. The best-paying seasonal jobs look a lot like what professionals do the rest of the year -- and pay similar rates.

  • Ed Hardy Says a Bad Celebrity Endorsement Cost Him His Business
    Branding and brand reputation is a huge part of any business, but it's even more important when your name is the brand. Take tattoo artist Ed Hardy, who in 2003 agreed to license a few of his designs to a t-shirt manufacturer. He had never thought of going into the fashion business, but the opportunity arose, so he thought, why not try it?
  • Real Estate Salaries - Getting Started in a Real Estate Career

    Name: Kevin Meyer
    Job Title: Real Estate Agent
    Years of Experience: 9+
    Where: Woodinville, WA
    Current Employer: Coldwell Banker Bain
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Market Leader LLC - a leading provider of real estate marketing software
    Education: Rockwell Real Estate Institution Bellevue College
    Salary: Research the median real estate agent salary.

    Real Estate Salaries - Getting Started in a Real Estate Career

    Real estate salaries can vary greatly depending on how long an agent has been in the business, changes in the economy, location and many other factors. Since real estate agents are generally paid on commission rather than earning a set salary, getting clients can be one of the most important parts of the job. For those just getting started in a real estate career, honing skills in marketing and customer service can help build a successful business. In this Salary Story, real estate agent Kevin Meyer describes what it's really like to be an agent, and offers valuable advice for individuals who are just getting started in a real estate career.

  • Event Specialist Jobs - Demonstrators and Product Promoters

    Name: Sara Blackmon
    Job Title: Event Specialist
    Where: Gastonia, NC
    Current Employer: Crossmark, Inc.
    Education: Olympic High School
    Salary: Research median salaries for demonstrators and product promoters.

    Event Specialist Jobs - Demonstrators and Product Promoters

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a positive job outlook for demonstrators and product promoters over the next several years. That's good news for people who enjoy working with the public and want a flexible work schedule. In this Salary Story, we get an insider's look at what demonstrators and product promoters do on a  daily basis - learning about new products, working in different venues, and communicating with a wide variety of people. Not to mention avoiding the occasional exploding carton of milk. Keep reading to find out why this job can be both challenging and fun.


  • Blogging Jobs - Producer and Event Coordinator Job Description

    Name: Jason Schumaker
    Job Title: Producer/"Blog Dog"/Event Coordinator
    Current Employer: BetterPhoto.com
    Where: Seattle, WA
    Years of Experience: 5
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Worked as an editor and writer for a computer magazine.
    Education: University of South Carolina, Bachelor's in Journalism; Summit School of Guitar, Vancouver Island, Canada, trained as a guitar builder and repairman.
    Salary: Research salaries for event coordinator, web producer and blogging jobs.

    Blogging Jobs - Producer and Event Coordinator Job Description

    In this Salary Story, we hear from Jason Schumaker, a self-described "Jason of all trades." He explains what it's like to juggle multiple roles in his job at BetterPhoto.com. On any give day, you may find him working as event coordinator, editing video footage, or blogging on one of the company blogs. And that's just a small part of his producer job description. If you're interested in blogging jobs or other online writing positions, keep reading to get Jason's advice on how to produce compelling content. 


  • Copywriter Careers - Copywriter Job Description
    Name: Carol Pocina
    Job Title: Copywriter
    Years of Experience: 3
    Where: Minneaplis, MN
    Education: Bachelor of Science in Marketing
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Worked on directories for community services. Talked with people that offered free services and wrote informational paragraphs for directory.
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for copywriter salary data.

    Copywriter Careers - Copywriter Job Description

    How do you get started as a copywriter? In this Salary Story, we hear about one copywriter's career path from completing a marketing degree to finding freelance copywriting jobs. She shares advice on what to expect from copywriter careers, especially as an entry-level writer. She also offers insight into the salary of a copywriter and explains why copywriter jobs can be both challenging and fun.  If you're looking for a creative occupation or just want to know more about freelance writing jobs, keep reading to find out more.

    PayScale: What is your copywriter job description?

    I work on writing copy for clients' ads and brochures. I do research on the technical properties of the products I write about and try to determine what makes the product appealing to the people who will read my work. Currently I am writing about tools that painting contractors use and copper metal roofs. Copywriting isn't always exciting.
  • Merchandising Jobs - Marketing Consultant Job Description

    Name: Marg
    Job Title: Marketing Consultant
    Where: Northeast PA
    Current Employer: National Marketing Company
    Years of Experience: 6
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Program Coordinator/Writer
    Education: BA Sociology, Assoc. Equivalency Paralegal, Assoc. Education
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the median salaries for marketers.

    Merchandising Jobs - Marketing Consultant Job Description

    Many businesses need their products to be marketed creatively, not just via advertising or the Internet, but through face-to-face contact with potential customers. An intriguing display can help draw people in to sample products and get information. For a successful marketer, flexibility is key - changing products, setting up multiple displays, and interacting with various consumers may all be part of a days work. In this Salary Story, an experienced marketing consultant describes what it's like to market products in various retail locations. Find out why merchandising jobs can be both fun and challenging.

    PayScale: What is your marketing consultant job description?

    Merchandise products from manufacturers, set up displays, distribute sample products, brochures and coupons to consumers.

  • Outside Sales Representative Job Description
    Name: Jason M.
    Job Title: Co-owner & main sales rep – ilocalonline.com
    Where: Black Diamond, WA
    Current Employer: iLocal Marketing, Inc.
    Years of Experience: 11 Years
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Numerous Sales Jobs, Print Advertising, Internet Marketing, Telecommunications, Telemarketing, Outside Sales
    Education: Green River Community College, AA Degree; Washington State University
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the median outside sales representative salary.

    Outside Sales Representative Salary and Job Description

    Outside sales representatives, also simply known as sales reps, are professionals who commonly travel to businesses or other organizations in order to sell their firm’s products or services. Maintaining contact with current customers and attracting new ones, professional sales reps make presentations to buyers and management or may demonstrate items to production supervisors. Salaries are typically at least partly based on performance as outside sales workers frequently receive commissions on their sales. Although many sales workers receive a base salary in addition to commission, some receive compensation based solely on sales revenue.

    In this Salary Story, Jason outlines an outside sales representative job description, explains how he got into the field, and discusses the top challenges he faces as small business owner. In addition to describing his sales rep position, Jason also explains how he became co-owner of a small Seattle Advertising Agency. Although outside sales representative jobs are typically lucrative, Jason’s decision to go into business for himself could be a particularly wise move, based on the typical salary of a small business owner. Keep reading to get an insider's look at owning an advertising and website development business.
  • Marketing Assistant / Administrative Assistant Description
    Name: Lars Carlson
    Job Title: Marketing Assistant / Administrative Assistant
    Years of Experience: ½ year
    Other Relevant Work Experience: 5 years of basic administrative, clerical & computer skills in US Army and inventory manager at office furniture installation firm.
    Employer: Northwest Territorial Mint
    Where Do You Currently Do This Work? Auburn, WA
    Education: B.A. Marketing from UW; Specialty classes at School of Visual Concepts
    Salary: Use PayScale to research compensation for marketing jobs.

    Marketing Assistant / Administrative Assistant Description

    Marketing and administrative assistant is a growing career field and common first job for recent college graduates. In this interview, Lars Carlson provides detailed information on the role of administrative assistants at a manufacturing and precious metals sales company. Lars gives an overall marketing job description and explains what to expect from entry-level positions. He goes over all aspects of his experience and offers marketing and administrative assistant tips that are helpful to others looking to enter the field. The skills learned in performing the duties of a marketer or administrative assistant are relevant to any other office work, even in an unrelated field such a finance or legal. In addition, a job in the marketing department of a firm is good preparation for eventually working at an advertising agency, the ultimate goal of many in this field. Find out why marketing has proven to be a rewarding career choice.

  • Travel and Tourism Jobs - Salary for Marketing Assistant
    Name: Karen Martel
    Job Title: Administrative and Marketing Assistant
    Where: North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Years of Experience: 5 years
    Education: Lampeter comprehensive, Cardigan College FE, SW London Poly: STEC VIC
    Employer: Battlefords Tourism
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average salary for marketing assistant jobs.

    Marketing Assistant Job - Travel and Tourism Industry

    Marketing for people’s tourist dollar can be some of the hardest marketing around. Creating effective communications and promotions for tourism requires a talented assistant with great customer service skills. Karen Martel has the qualities of a marketing assistant needed to do the job. She works in a relatively small travel market, so the advantages of developing a tourism marketing strategy are not lost on her. In this Salary Story, Karen describes the different aspects of her job, from customer service to office management and marketing. Find out why she loves being an administrative and marketing assistant within the travel and tourism industry.

    PayScale: What is expected in the job of administrative and marketing assistant?

    Look after phones, all office duties, all administrative duties in running the office, and assist callers and visitors with information on the local area. Compile stats, assist with marketing projects for the city, town and municipality. Assist my boss with projects, such as the AGM, tourism awareness week, summer projects requiring supervision of students. Compile and work on the visitor guide for the area - including advertising, editorial, events and who to send it to - and send it out world wide. Keep comprehensive databases of the distribution for literature, upkeep of website (including a travellers' blog), and many other duties.

  • Operations Program Manager Role and Responsibilities
    Name: Henry Cubillan
    Job Title: Sales Operations Program Manager
    Where: Round Rock, TX
    Employer: Dell, Inc.
    Years of Experience: 3
    Education: Goucher College, BA; Thunderbird School of Global Management, MBA; Project Management Institute, PMP Certification
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the median Sales Manager Salary.

    Sales Operations Program Manager Role and Responsibilities 

    Henry Cubillan is one of the best inspirations for customer service we’ve interviewed. He has gotten to the top levels of a global company like Dell by working hard and utilizing effective customer service. In a chief role of operations program manager, Henry has been able to help customers from all over the world. In this interview, he discusses the functions of the operations manager and offers some sage advice for anyone pursuing a career in sales management.

    What are the functions of an operations manager?

    Henry: My main responsibility is to support fulfillment programs for some of our largest public and Fortune 500 customers. It's my job to craft a response plan that meets the customer's expectations in terms of procurement, SLA levels, product fulfillment and delivery. I am the face of operations in front of our customers and I ensure that all support teams throughout the organization work to meet the customer's requirements. For example, we may have a customer that needs 20,000 notebooks delivered to 550 locations around the world within a very short time frame. It's my job to work with the customer to understand their capabilities/limitations at each location, craft a delivery schedule that meets their needs, work with our fulfillment teams to ensure that (once a purchase order is received) we are building the product in a timely manner, comply with all of the customer's specific requirements, and deliver within the agreed-upon time frame at each and every location.

  • Expert Searchologist - Salary for a Seattle SEO Specialist

    Name: Jon Lanman
    Job Title: Expert Searchologist / SEO Specialist
    Where: Seattle, WA
    Employer: Self-Employed
    Years of Experience: 3 years in Marketing
    Other Relevant Experience: Marketing Assistant, Event Marketing, Publicity Intern
    Education: B.A. in Communications
    Annual Salary: Use PayScale’s Research Center to find SEO Specialist Salaries.

    In this Salary Story we take a look at the day-to-day duties of a Seattle SEO Specialist. Self-proclaimed Searchologist, Jon Lanman shares his passion for SEO, and gives advice on how to begin a career in SEO.

  • Cosmetic Salesperson - Job Description & Salary
    Name: Julie Olen
    Job Title: Salesperson for Retail Cosmetics
    Where: West Hollywood, CA
    Employer: Janet Sartin
    Years of Experience: 25
    Education: Berklee School of Music, Boston MA, two-year course. Sawyer College of Business, diploma in Instrumental Performance. University of Vermont, diploma in Photography. Trinity College of Vermont, graduated from Women's Small Business Program.
    Annual Salary: Use PayScale’s Research Center to find the median starting salary for sales associates.

    What is a Cosmetic Salesperson's Job Description?

    Whether you're a hairstylist, clothing designer or cosmetic sales rep, working in the world of beauty and fashion is all about helping people to look and feel good. For those who work at department stores, helping customers first-hand can be fun, but also challenging - and working at the cosmetics counter can be an especially demanding job. With many people passing through, a cosmetic salesperson manages a high volume of clients.  Plus, a cosmetics line regularly introduces new products and discontinues others, and competition is just a few feet away.

  • Job for Math Majors - Quantitative Research Coordinator

    Name: Amber Dean
    Job Title: Quantitative Research Coordinator & Business Owner
    Where: Macon, GA – United States
    Employer: Private Club Associates Continuum

    Years of Experience: 25 years
    Relevant Experience: 2

    Education: Took some classes at Griffin Technical College; computer programming courses for 1 year at Macon State College; degree in art, took statistic courses and research methodology at Mercer University; degree in math, took statistics and math courses. 
    Annual Salary: Use PayScale’s Research Center to find median marketing research analyst salaries.

    What can you do with a math or statistics degree? As it turns out, there are jobs for math or statistics majors in many fields. For math lovers like Amber Dean, a quantitative research coordinator, it's possible to find great satisfaction in a job that uses math on a regular basis. In this Salary Story, Amber describes the many advantages to a job in quantitative research. 

    By using math and statistics, Amber is able to learn consumers’ preferences and purchasing habits. A major part of the job involves using research and analysis to examine the most important information gathered from focus groups. If you love analyzing statistics as well as working with people, this can be both a fun and rewarding challenge. Overall, working as a quantitative research coordinator involves a mixture of marketing research and math analysis. Keep reading to find out if this job is right for you.

  • Spanish Speaking Jobs: Hispanic Marketing Manager

    Name: Melissa Kopecko Meyer
    Job Title: Hispanic Advertising Manager; Hispanic Marketing Manager; Bilingual Marketing Manager; Bilingual Advertising Manager
    Where: Seattle, WA - USA
    Employer: WaMu (Washington Mutual) & JPMorgan Chase
    Years of Experience: 5
    Other Relevant Experience: Six Sigma Green Belt training and an internship at the Spanish Council for Demographic Research in Madrid, Spain
    Education: University of Phoenix MBA - Global Management, Summa Cum Laude; University of Wisconsin Madison - Bachelor of Science Spanish/Sociology/Business, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Various coursework completed all in Spanish, also worked at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas in Madrid
    Annual Salary: Median Marketing Manager Salaries range from $40,000 to $76,000. Use PayScale’s Research Center to compare Marketing Manager Salaries by City.

    Whether you’re planning to work abroad or keeping your career stateside, there are countless career opportunities for bilingual job candidates. With the rising development of a world economy, bilingual fluency opens the door to greater career possibilities within various industries. And, as the Spanish-speaking population in the U.S. continues to grow, there is an increasing demand for employees who are bilingual.

    In this Salary Story, Melissa Kopecko Meyer describes her career path as a Hispanic marketing manager. When asked how she got started as a bilingual marketing manager, Melissa says she simply followed her strengths and interests. If you’ve ever asked, “What job can I get with a Spanish degree?” here’s just one example of the many Spanish-speaking jobs awaiting you, along with some sound advice from a career insider.

  • What is the Average Salary for Marketing Careers?

    Name: Ann Burgess
    Job Title: Web Marketing Manager/Web Content Manager (Editorial, Promotions & Co-Branding)
    Where: Calgary, Alberta – Canada
    Employer: Shoptoit.ca
    Years of Experience: 1.5 years in this position, and 6 Years of marketing in the oil and gas industry
    Other Relevant Experience: Recreational shopping and fashion design
    Education: International Academy of Design and Merchandising, Toronto, Ontario
    Annual Salary: What is the average salary for marketing managers? Use PayScale’s Research Center to find Marketing Manager Salaries, Marketing Director Salaries, and Web Content Manager Salaries.

    Over the past ten years, the Internet has noticeably altered traditional methods of shopping, thus launching a boom of companies setting up business through online store fronts. And with the rising cost of fuel, many shoppers are inclined to look online for their purchases rather than driving to the mall. But just like any successful retail store, online stores require teams of qualified professionals to keep them operating at their full potential.

    For this Salary Story, we hear from Ann Burgess, an essential part of the team at Shoptoit.ca, a Canada based e-commerce website. Starting her journey in a fashion design career, Burgess eventually moved on to a brief stint as a receptionist before finding her way into her current position in online web marketing and content management. Read on to find some helpful pointers for launching your own online marketing career.