• List of Future Jobs in Demand: 2006-2016

    "Where do you see yourself ten years from now?" That is a hard-to-answer question in the ever-changing U.S. job market. What if you could look into a crystal ball, and see the fastest growing occupations ten years from now?

    While predictions about the future are hard, I recently came across a list of future jobs in demand (2006 to 2016) by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

    This list is the BLS's guess at how our world will change. Baby boomers will get older (personal and home care aides  #2), Generation X will invest for retirement (personal financial advisers  #6), Generations Y and "Millennials" will be in recovery (substance abuse counselors #10), while Generation Text will be even more high tech (computer software engineers #4).

    Which job tops this list of future jobs in demand?  Keep reading!

    However, before you jump to one of the new "hot" careers, make sure you are earning what you deserve today by using the PayScale Salary Calculator.

  • Movie Actor Salaries, Are They Worth It?

    With the Oscars around the corner, we will be hearing about movie actor salaries, which always seem to be in the tens of millions of dollars.

    Few of the best picture nominees are big box office winners. Fortunately for us, George Clooney has decided to go more for "backend" (cut of profits) rather than fixed fees for his movies. If not, his standard fee of more than $15 million would have doubled the cost of "Michael Clayton", and likely scuttled the project.

    Forbes.com reported on movie actor salaries, and calculated which stars actually deliver at the box office. Surprisingly, the best investment in movie actor salaries is Matt Damon. For every dollar The Bourne Ultimatum star is paid, Matt Damon's movies gross $29. Not bad, for a career that started with the minor role of Steamer, the goofy younger brother in "Mystic Pizza".

    Back in 2004, The Bourne Supremacy grossed $290 million worldwide, plus another $165 million in video rentals and sales. Damon's total take for that film was $26 million, so that was a good investment for Universal Studios, as was the sequel, The Bourne Ultimatum.

    What about female movie actor salaries? Jennifer Aniston's last three starring films have earned $17 to every dollar she was paid; The Break-Up grossed an estimated $270 million.

    How does your salary compare, if not to the stars, to other working stiffs like you? Find out with our salary calculator.

  • The Romantic Side of Networking

    Networking is one of the most important things you'll ever do for your career. Even when you love what you do, you should continue to widen your professional pool of contacts, including friends, colleagues, bosses, family.

    A new book by Shawn Graham, "Courting Your Career," makes a strong case for networking. The book points out that networking was the leading job-search method reported by 78 percent of job-seekers in a poll by the Society for Human Resource Management.

    Graham centers the book on an analogy between finding a job and finding a significant other, and is engaging and witty as he delivers a host of useful networking tips.

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  • 6 Top-Paying Green Jobs
    As nations across the globe look for ways to prevent global warming, they're spurring a 'green' revolution-and focusing on everything from environmentally friendly house additions to how to make business environmentally friendly. The movement's swelling popularity is also fueling growth of new industries and some top-paying green jobs.
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