• What Will 2008 Hold for Our Work-Lives?

    A new year is at hand, and we wonder what awaits. The Wall Street Journal's Sue Shellenbarger offers a glimpse of the work-life trends she's anticipating for next year, and some of what she writes reflects trends my sources have mentioned throughout 2007.

  • Military Pay Rate: Upping The United States Army Active Duty Pay Scale

    Need to make a quick $20K?  If you're willing to shape up and ship out, quickly, the U.S. Army has greatly increased the military pay rate, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. With thinning forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army is digging into its wallet to attract recruits. New enlistees are being offered up to $20K in "quick-ship" bonuses, if they agree to attend basic training within 30 days of signing up with Uncle Sam.

    With "quick-ship," a new enlistee can be in a combat situation in as little as three to four months (traditionally, recruits are given up to a year).  MSNBC reports that the United States Army active duty pay scale doesn't end with the $20K bonus. Recruits willing to sign up for at least four years can earn as much as $45K in installments.

    How does your salary compare to the new military pay rate?  Find out with our salary calculator.

  • Your BlackBerry May Be Lowering Your IQ

    Our 365-24-7 work culture, invigorating at times, may be sapping our creativity and dragging down our IQs.

    A blog-post by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founding president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, highlights research showing the downside of constant communication. Excessive e-mail wastes workers' time, and communication overload may deflate a person's IQ by 10 percentage points. Meanwhile, consultant Linda Stone has shown that paying attention only part-way can be very dysfunctional.

    Workers, pulled in too many directions, have too little time to focus their attention and do their best work. Given that the communication glut is unlikely to dissipate, they must learn to manage it effectively. But how?

  • Jobs Affected By the Real Estate Market
  • Recession Proof Jobs

    Recession Proof Jobs
    In the wake of the housing crisis, news abounds of a looming recession, with regular reports of financial gloom. It's no wonder workers are fretting over finances and the employment outlook for the coming months, as a recent Hudson Employment Index shows.
  • Medical Careers: Family Physician Salaries

    Name: Margie C. Sweeney, M.D.
    Job Title: Family Physician
    Where: Louisville, KY
    Employer: Central State Hospital
    Years of Experience: 24
    Education: M.D. degree from Indiana University School of Medicine
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for medical career salaries, including average physician salaries.

    Medical Careers: Family Physician Salaries

    What career involves helping people of all different ages and backgrounds while earning a six digit salary? If you guessed family physician, you're right. We interviewed Dr. Margie C. Sweeney to find out what it takes to make it through med school and begin a successful career as a family doctor. If you've ever wanted to know how to become a physician, then this Salary Story is just what the doctor ordered.

    Dr. Sweeney describes the outlook for family physician jobs, factors that can affect physician salaries after residency, as well as the many career options available to family physicians. She also explains why her family physician career is so rewarding. For those interested in average physician salaries and careers in the medical field, this interview is the right medicine!

  • Worst Jobs to Have: Presidential Candidates Tell Theirs

    In an earlier column, I listed some of the worst jobs in America, pay-wise. In keeping with that spirit, here are more of the worst jobs to have, per our presidential candidates (as reported on USA Today).  Before she was Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham worked as a dishwasher in the summer of 1969 in Alaska. She scrubbed dishes at Mount McKinley National Park in order to pay for her trek across the 49th state.

    Dish washing, however, was not the worst job that she had. Hillary says, "My worst job was sliming fish in a fish cannery in Valdez." The presidential hopeful says she was reprimanded for not sliming fast enough and moved to a packing line. That was also one of the worst jobs to have, apparently, and she was fired after reporting that spoiled fish were being packed; even back then she was a rabble rouser!

    Even if your job is one of the worst to have in the U.S., make sure you are at least being paid the going rate by taking PayScale's full salary survey.

  • News Anchor Salaries

    News Anchor Salaries

    Name: Sheree Paolello
    Job Title: News Anchor
    Where: Cincinnati, Ohio
    Employer: WLWT-TV Channel 5
    Years of Experience: 11
    Education: Northern Kentucky University, B.A. in Radio/TV/Film, Minor in Journalism
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median news anchor salaries by city.

    News Anchor Salaries

    If you're interested in news anchor salaries and how to become a news anchor, this is one Salary Story you'll want to tune in to. We spoke to TV news anchor Sheree Paolello about her journey into the world of TV news anchors, her news anchor bloopers and more! This interview is a "must-read" for anyone who wants the inside story on news anchor wages and how to get a job on the air!

  • New Job in a New City? Before You Go, Mind the Cost of Living.

    Trekking to a new town in pursuit of a new gig is an adventure fraught with excitement, opportunities and changes. Among the changes is likely to be a cost of living adjustment, for better or worse, depending on where you're headed.

    Before making the move, experts suggest doing some cost of living research, so neither you nor your bank account are taken by surprise.

  • 10 More Good Jobs with No College Degree Required

    In today's economy where people are losing their jobs and needing to start over, a hot topic is top paying jobs for people with no college degrees.

    Topping that list is an employment recruitment specialist; someone who helps companies recruit job candidates. With a two-year degree (associates degree) in hand, the median salary for an employment recruitment specialist with 2-3 years of experience is $38,100.

    A career as a financial advisor comes in at number two on a Yahoo! list of 10 paying jobs with no college degree required. In this position, it helps to have an associate’s degree in finance as you usually work at a brokerage firm or a bank. Your job is helping clients make wise investments (hopefully). A personal financial advisor with less than year of experience earns a median base salary of $32,700, but commissions and bonuses can be a big factor in pay as well.

    How does your salary compare with two of Yahoo's 10 paying jobs with no college degree? Find out with our salary survey or use the our cost of living calculator to see how much you would need to make to maintain your current standard of living in a different city.

  • Starting Salary for Physical Therapy Assistants

    Name: Steve Brown
    Job Title: Physical Therapy Assistant
    Where: Caldwell, ID
    Employer: Peoplefirst Rehabilitation
    Years of Experience: 10
    Education: A.A.S. (Associate of Applied Science) From Idaho State University
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median salary of physical therapy assistant professionals.

    Starting Salary for Physical Therapy Assistants

    What is the yearly salary for a physical therapy assistant? If you've pondered this question and what physical therapy assistant work settings are really like, then you don't want to miss this Salary Story with physical therapy assistant Steve Brown.

    He walked us through the factors that can affect a physical therapist assistant hourly wage, the training for physical therapy assistants and how to find jobs in physical therapy assistant fields. If you're interested in this growing career and the pay scale for physical therapy assistants, this interview will guide you through the steps.

  • Hollywood Writer Salaries, Hollywood Writer's Wages: Why They Are On Strike

    You may have heard that members of the Writer's Guild are on strike, but it's not just Hollywood writer salaries that are in jeopardy. According to Reuters.com, non-writing staff members of TV shows are being shown the door. NBC recently laid off the entire production staff of the Tonight Show and workers were told that their jobs might not be there after the strike. Fortunately, Jay Leno has said that he'll pay their salaries.

    On the east coast, TV show staffs are also being affected by the writer's strike. Like Leno, late night talker Conan O'Brien is paying, out of his own pocket, the salaries of nearly 80 non-writing staffers and the Hollywood writer salaries of his joke scribes (the AFP reports). Why are the writers striking? What is at stake for Hollywood writer salaries?  Keep reading!

    How does your salary compare to a Hollywood writer's wages? Find out with PayScale's full salary survey.

  • 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.
    Could you current salary take you farther in another city? Find out with the PayScale Cost of Living Calculator.

  • Guide to Office Gifts

    Guide to Office Gifts
  • Holiday Office Party Faux Pas
  • 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!

  • Holiday Tipping Guidelines, Holiday Tips
  • 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.

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