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  • 5 High-Paying Jobs That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago
    When we were kids, teachers told us that the jobs we'd have as adults hadn't even been invented yet. That's not strictly true. Take a look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, and you'll see plenty of familiar job titles with projected growth rates of 30 percent or more over the next 10 years, including titles as diverse as brickmason and dental hygienist. But, what is true is that some high-paying job titles that are projected to grow didn't exist when we were in school. In fact, some didn't exist as recently as 10 years ago – or were so rare that you probably hadn't heard of them.
  • What Sets the Top Engineering Schools Apart? Not Just STEM.
    At first glance, the list of top colleges in PayScale's 2016 College Salary Report looks like a love letter to STEM degrees. Not only do science, technology, engineering, and math subjects dominate the list of highest-paid majors by any degree level, there is an undeniable correlation between how high a college or university ranks and the percentage of STEM degrees they grant. But, as anybody who passed a basic statistics class knows, correlation is not causation. A closer examination reveals that what separates the very best STEM-focused colleges from the rest is that they encourage students to branch out beyond a traditional STEM curriculum. By examining what drives the success of the highest-earning college graduates, we can all learn a valuable career lesson and increase our own earning potential.
  • 10 Female STEM Stars Under 30
    Women make up only 24 percent of the STEM workforce in the US, according to the Department of Commerce, and some fields are worse than others. Women represent only 14 percent of the country's engineers, but make up 47 percent of mathematicians and statisticians, 47 percent of life scientists, and 63 percent of social scientists. But as these rising stars of the tech industry show, women are making an impact on STEM. Given the impressive laundry list of accomplishments already made by all of the women on our list at such a young age, it's safe to say that both they and their careers are something to watch.
  • The 5 Best Jobs for Working Parents
    Being a working parent was hard enough in the olden days, before mobile technology stretched office workers' days from 9 to 5 to 24/7. For many people who struggle to balance family commitments and professional responsibilities, even a workday that allowed them to leave the office and continue toiling online from home would be a refreshing change – but corporate cultures often demand face-time as well as productivity, leaving workers who'd like to see their kids out in the cold.
  • The 5 Best Jobs for Introverts
    The modern workplace can be a nightmare for introverts, with its focus on collaboration and open-plan offices. If you're a person who dreads team projects and public speaking and gets more of a thrill out of canceling plans to attend a networking function than penciling it into the calendar, one of these jobs from PayScale's Best Jobs for You data package might be perfect for you.
  • Interactive Map: What's the Most Common Uncommon Job in Your State?
    The most popular jobs in a given geographic area are usually pretty unsurprising, including titles like cashier, waitstaff, and customer service representative. It's not that there's anything wrong with these jobs; it's just that their very commonness means that you're used to hearing about them. But, what about the unusual jobs that are more common in one place than another – the helicopter pilots and professional gardeners and amusement park attendants? Those are the gigs PayScale looked at in a section of its latest data package on the best jobs for you. If you want a job that's common where you live, but uncommon anywhere else, start with this map.
  • Jobs Parents Just Don't Understand
    Many of the jobs workers are doing today didn't exist 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago. The world has been moving pretty fast, and our elders may struggle at times to keep up with all the innovation, technology, and novelty of today's work world. LinkedIn's recent survey found that one out of three parents has trouble understanding what their child does for a living, and half of them think they could be more supportive if they knew more. If your parents don't get what you do, here's how to explain it to them.
  • 20 of the Happiest Jobs for New Grads

    In a tight job market and uncertain economic times, new graduates are often grateful for any job, whether it's one they enjoy or not. In order to help grads find a career they'll love, folks at CareerBliss, a site focused on searches and reviews of companies known for employee satisfaction, created a list of the happiest jobs for the class of 2014.

  • STEM Classes Equal Better Pay, But Students Don't Care
    Students who choose STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors usually make more money after graduation than those who choose non-science fields. Even taking a few STEM classes can boost job security and earnings. However, high school students couldn't care less. This is a problem for us all.
  • Why Aren't More Women Choosing to Become Scientists?
    Nearly 15 years have passed since the dawn of the 21st Century and still the field of science represents the dark ages in terms of gender equality. According to the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, in 2010, only 19.4 percent of doctoral degrees awarded in physics went to women and females represented a scant 17.6 percent of scientists employed as a physicist or astronomer. Why is it that women are so underrepresented in the science equation?
  • 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.

  • Become a 'Math Person' and a Success at Work

    The fastest way to talk yourself out of a successful career is to hold fast to the idea that you're "not a math person," and yet many workers do just that. Why? Because they believe that people are either good at something, or they're not -- even though evidence strongly suggests otherwise.

  • 15-Year-Old Develops Early Detection Test for Pancreatic Cancer

    Kids today ... are actually doing some amazing stuff. Take 15-year-old Jack Andraka, who recently won the grand prize of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for developing an early detection test for pancreatic cancer.

  • Ag Students Are in Demand

    When you think of agricultural students, you probably think farmers, possibly farmers from a more sepia-toned age. But today's agribusinesses go beyond traditional farm jobs, and have more job openings than applicants to fill them.

  • The Big Brain Theory: Follow-Through Beats Creativity in the Final Round
    In the finale episode of the Discovery series The Big Brain Theory, the final two contestants, Amy and Corey, were tasked with building a short bridge. Since that concept is a little too easy for genius engineers, there were a couple of twists.
  • The Big Brain Theory: Leadership Lessons and a Real World Test
    On Discovery Channel's The Big Brain Theory, two groups of the brightest engineers in the world put their skills to the test solving wild mechanical problems. This week, they were asked to take on a job a little more serious - create a mechanism to safely stop a car that doesn't yield at a military checkpoint. To win the round, the car has to remain drive-able and the passengers unscathed.
  • The Big Brain Theory: Looking for America's Next Great Mind
    There are TV competition shows that look for the next great dancer, baker, pop star and fashion designer. But the folks at Discovery Channel wanted to set their sights a little higher. They're looking for America's next great mind in the field of science, technology, engineering or math.
  • There May Be Another Reason Women Aren’t Scientists
    Up until now, it hasn't been much of a secret that there are fewer women in high-paying STEM fields. This contributes to the gender pay gap and is made worse by the fact that young girls and women are less likely to be encouraged to enter into these careers. However, a new study has found that there may be another, more disappointing reason that there are fewer female than male scientists.
  • Careers In Biology - Molecular Biologist Profile

    Name: Shawn Hodges
    Job Title: Molecular Biologist
    Where: Newark, CA
    Employer: Complete Genomics
    Years of Experience: 6.5
    Education: University of California, Davis, B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, minor in Economics; Santa Rosa Jr. College, A.A. & A.S. Biochemistry transfer & Engineering
    Salary: Use PayScale's Research Center to find salary data for molecular biology careers.

    Careers in Biology - Molecular Biologist Profile

    In this interview, Molecular Biologist Shawn Hodges provides detailed information on the perks and challenges of his career in biology. He describes what to expect from entry-level positions, how to prepare for entering the field and how to thrive in a skilled science career. Early in his career path, Shawn switched from an engineering major to biochemistry and hasn’t looked back since. Find out why molecular biology has proven to be a rewarding career choice.

    What does a molecular biologist do?

    Shawn: As a bachelor's-level biochemist, I generally execute experiments in a laboratory and analyze data on a computer. The level of independence varies, depending on years of experience, scientific complexity, and the type of management. As a new grad, I learned many new laboratory techniques from my boss and colleagues; with between three and five years of experience, management was more hands-off, providing general direction. For example, my assignment was to develop a biochemical assay to assess enzymatic activity. Over the course of months, I would meet with my supervisor and group on a weekly basis to collaborate on ideas to improve the reproducibility of the assay. Experiments were planned, executed, data collected, analyzed graphically and statistically, and shared in PowerPoint presentations weekly.

  • Geologist Salary and Job Outlook

    Name: Dr. Jim Reynolds
    Job Title: Geologist and Associate Professor of Geology Division of Science & Mathematics
    Where: Brevard, North Carolina
    Employer: Brevard College
    Years of Experience: 30
    Education: BA, Master’s, and PhD from Dartmouth College
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for median geologist salaries.

    Geologist Salary and Job Outlook

    What is a petroleum geologist? What are different options for geology careers? For readers interested in the job outlook for future geologists and geologist salaries, this Salary Story provides an insider's look into a rarely examined profession.

    Dr. Jim Reynolds works as a geologist, teaches geology, and has 30 years of experience in the field. He recently took time out from his busy geology career to explain the definition of a geologist and what it takes to become a successful geologist. He gave us insight into oil and gas jobs, environmental geologist jobs, as well as a academic geology careers. For those who love to travel, Dr. Reynolds also described some international opportunities for geology careers.

    If you want to become a geologist, or want more info on current geologist salaries, don't miss this earth-shaking interview!