• Technology Coordinator Salary

    Name: Marcie T. Hull
    Job Title: Technology Coordinator
    Where: Philadelphia, PA
    Employer: Science Leadership Academy (School District of Philadelphia)
    Years of Experience: 7
    Education: Temple University's Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median technology coordinator salary.

    Technology Coordinator Salary

    For readers who are interested in a technology coordinator salary and want to learn about a technology coordinator job description, this Salary Story is the place to log on! We spoke to school technology coordinator Marcie T. Hull who told us about information technology coordinator positions and more.

    She covered information technology coordinator duties, the outlook for technology coordinator jobs and different technology coordinator job descriptions (Marcie is also a teacher). Whether you want to make a change in your career or add some skills (and salary) to your present job, this interview is a must-click!

  • 25% Regret New Jobs: What to Consider When Considering a Job Offer

    I have a colleague whose friend was one offered the head-writing job on the Fox-TV series America's Most Wanted. He accepted the job, but was then told he would have to fly to a different location every week with the crime-fighting host John Walsh. The problem? His friend hated flying. Accepting the wrong job is more common than you would think, according to a recent article at CSmonitor.com about new-job regrets and what to consider when considering a job offer.

    According to the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, about 25 percent of workers actually regret taking a new position within the first year.  It's not just Joe Six Pack who's getting cold feet; Katie Couric has suggested that her move from NBC's Today show to the CBS Evening News might have been a mistake. Clearly, there are other factors just as important as negotiating job offer salaries.

    Are you in the right career?  Find out with our salary survey.
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  • Secure Jobs in the USA

    Secure Jobs in the USA

    Job security is pretty rare these days. News stories of downsizing, outsourcing and even in-sourcing (jobs going to prisons) abound. However, there are some professions that are more secure then others. Forbes.com recently ran an article on the most secure jobs in the USA.

    Topping the list was a federal judge. It's not an easy position to get, and you must be approved by Congress, but once you're in, that's a lifetime appointment. The salaries for U.S. Federal Judges are in the $150,000 and up range. See my post on judges' pay for whether this is a lot or a little...

    Before we look at the other "secure" jobs, how secure is your salary?  Find out with our salary calculator.

  • Financial Controller: Accounting Salaries

    Name: Misty Cargill
    Job Title: Financial Controller
    Where: Woodland, CA
    Employer: Resonant Sonic International, Inc.
    Years of Experience: 10
    Education: BS Accounting - University of Phoenix
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median financial controller and other accounting salaries.

    Financial Controller: Accounting Salaries

    You've probably heard of financial controllers, but may not be able to recite a financial controller job description off the top of your head. In this Salary Story, we crunched the numbers with Misty Cargill who is a financial controller in California.

    She opened the books on how to become a financial controller, factors that can affect accounting salaries and the daily tasks of today's financial controller. For more info on a career that really adds up, keep reading!

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  • Will Baby Boomers Reinvent Retirement?

    America's concept of retirement is on the brink of a sea change, some say.

    Traditionally workers retire at or around 65, quitting their jobs and heading to warmer climes with golf courses aplenty. The next big wave of retirees are the 78 million baby boomers--the first ones turn 65 in 2011--but nothing about them has ever been traditional.

    A 2005 survey by the MetLife Foundation and Civic Ventures says that, “In recent years, the vast majority of baby boomers have told pollsters that unlike their parents, they plan to work in retirement, they need continued income, and they want greater flexibility in retirement jobs.”

    Right now, according to Mark Penn's book "Microtrends," 5 million people over 65 are still working. If that number explodes, as Penn predicts, it will have a serious impact on the U.S. workforce.

  • Business Travelers, Take Heart--We're Inching Toward a Work-Anywhere World

    Have you ever tried to get work done at an airport that's less than friendly to business travelers?

    Take heart, for gradual change is in the works, says a New York Times article: Airports and especially hotels are becoming more user-friendly for globe-trotting workers.

    According to the article:

    ... hotels and airports are gradually catching on to the fact that mobile workers need more help getting their jobs done on the road. Hotels that cater to laptop-toting travelers are scrambling to add electrical outlets in easy-to-reach places, install better task lighting and design chairs with flat armrests that can double as desks.

  • Sign on Bonus to Join the Military vs. Joining the Scouts

    In an earlier column, I mentioned how the U.S. government was awarding a sign on bonus in order to increase enlistments.  Well, that sign on bonus to join the military was the subject of a firestorm recently when KDKA.com reported that wounded U.S. soldiers were being told to give back part of their military signing bonus.

    This story of military salary scale gone awry hit the media when serviceman Jordan Fox received a letter from the government demanding the return of almost $3K of his military signing bonus. Fox had to return stateside three months early after he lost vision in his right eye, due to a roadside bomb in Iraq. Should injured servicemen have to return part of their sign on bonus to join the military?

    How would your salary be affected if you had to return your bonuses?  Find out with PayScale's full salary survey.

  • Telecommuting Advances

    Telecommuting Advances

    Working from home is on the up and up.

    According to the new book by pollster Mark Penn, "Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes," 4.2 million Americans work from home, up 23 percent since 1990, and almost 100 percent since 1980.

    Penn argues that microtrends--"small, under-the-radar forces that can involve as little as 1 percent of the population"--have a strong impact on our society. Telecommuting is one such microtrend, according to the book, and is advancing because it eliminates commutes, saves gas money, helps employees in their quest for work-life balance, and mostly because technology is galloping apace.

    The Wall Street Journal's Sue Shellenbarger explores the increasing number of employers hiring professionals to telecommute full-time from the start of their tenure. Though she reports that landing one of these jobs isn't easy, in a separate blog-post she writes, "the widening trickle of home-based new hires at big, mainstream employers seems to mark an exciting new era, not only for work-life quality but for productivity."

    While telecommuting isn't for everyone, some workers flourish under the setup. So what does it take to succeed?

  • Bartender Salary: A Bartender Career Profile

    Name: Craig Hysell
    Job Title: Bartender
    Where: Hilton Head Island, SC
    Employer: Riders Lounge
    Years of Experience: 12
    Education: BA in Communications from Bowling Green State University
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median bartender salary.

    Bartender Salary: A Bartender Career Profile

    Recently Britney Spears made the news, again, by inquiring about bartender jobs at a California hotel. Britney, or anyone who is interested in becoming a bartender, should read this Salary Story. We spoke to bartender Craig Hysell about bartender jobs, a bartender salary, bartending school and more. Many people wonder if they need to attend school to become a bartender. This interview provides the answer, plus insider info on what it takes to succeed as a career bartender. So pour yourself a cold one and keep reading!

  • Government Employment Opportunities: On the Rise

    You don't have to be Rudy, Hillary or Obama to seek a job in the U.S. government. CNN.Money.com reported that government employment opportunities are greatly increasing. A new study by Partnership for Public Service (a nonprofit group) says that the feds are about to start looking for employees to fill 193,000 United States government jobs. The openings - including federal government part time jobs - will occur between now and 2009.

    The main causes of these government employment opportunities are the expected retirement of 33% of the federal workforce and the ever-growing war on terror. Additions will include 47,897 jobs at the Department of Homeland Security, 35,505 positions at the Department of Defense as well as 27,243 border patrol agents, customs agents, food inspectors, criminal investigators and TSA airport screeners.  However, government employment opportunities are not limited to US Government security jobs.

    How does your salary compare to United States government jobs?  Find out with our salary survey.

  • Veteran Jobs: Iraq Veteran Job Opportunities?

    If all went according to plan, military reservists who go to war would have their stateside jobs waiting for them when they returned.  However, in the real world, 23 percent of veteran jobs are gone when reservists return, per a report by CNN.com. And many servicemen say the U.S. government is not helping those who are denied their old jobs when they return from Iraq. In short, Iraq veteran job opportunities have become the new casualties of war.

    This info is part of a Defense Department survey of military reservists in 2005-2006. In the report, 44 percent were dissatisfied with how the Labor Department handled complaints of discrimination in veteran jobs, 29 percent had problems getting info from government agencies and 77 percent didn't try to get government help because they didn't think it would make a difference. Is this "supporting the troops?" What can be done differently?

    How does your salary compare to veteran jobs?  Find out with the PayScale Salary Calculator.

  • Why Should Employers Care About Employee Engagement?

    Most workers around the world are not engaged by their work.

    That's according to a recent Towers Perrin study, which finds only 21 percent of employees engaged by their work, meaning they're willing to put in extra effort to help their companies succeed. Meanwhile, 38 percent of workers are partly to fully disengaged.

    The study shows that companies with many engaged workers are more likely to retain their top talent and succeed financially than companies with many disengaged workers. The study isn't the only one to uncover a link between employee engagement and companies' financial success. A Wall Street Journal article reports that Hewitt Associates and the Conference Board have released studies reaching the same conclusion: Engaged employees boost the bottom line.

    Companies should strive to spur employees toward higher levels of engagement. But how?

  • Comic Book Artist Salary: How to Be a Comic Book Artist

    Name: Dustin Evans
    Job Title: Comic Book Artist (Freelance Illustrator)
    Where: Tulsa, OK
    Employer: Disney, IDW Publishing, Viper Comics, Ape Entertainment, SLG Graphics
    Years of Experience: 4
    Education: BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration from Oklahoma State University

    Comic Book Artist Salary: How to Be a Comic Book Artist

    Are you interested in becoming a comic book artist?  Look no further, comic book artist Dustin Evans has come to the rescue! In this Salary Story, you'll learn how to be a comic book artist and about the factors that affect a comic book artist salary. The wacky adventures of a comic book artist are just moments away; keep reading!

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  • Nuclear Engineer Salary

    Name: Michael Flagg
    Job Title: Nuclear Engineer (Reactor Service)
    Where: Columbia, Missouri
    Employer: University of Missouri - Columbia
    Years of Experience: 1.5
    Education:B.S. Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri - Rolla
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median nuclear engineer salary, and compare it to petroleum engineering salaries.

    Nuclear Engineer Salary

    How much money does a nuclear engineer make? You may be hearing that question more and more as the U.S. considers going back to nuclear power. Even now, nuclear engineers are in demand as we found out in this Salary Story with Michael Flagg.

    In our chat, he covered nuclear engineer college, a nuclear engineer's necessary skills, the future of nuclear engineers in the market place, factors than can affect a nuclear engineer salary, as well as earnings and advancements of a nuclear engineer. This interview is charged with info!

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