• Snapshot of a Writer Job: Employing Your Creative Side

    Name: Mazy
    Job Title: Writer
    Where: Orlando, FL
    Employer: Self-Employed
    Years of Experience: 2
    Education: Central Connecticut State University, B.A. in English, minor in creative writing.
    Annual Salary: Writers' salaries vary greatly by the type of writing. Visit the PayScale Research Center for median Author salaries, and Editorial Writer salaries.

    So, you want to be a writer? According to Mazy, a self-employed Creative Writer, persistence and determination pay off when it comes to landing those highly coveted writer jobs. Convincing publishers and newspapers to print your work can be difficult but is worth it for Mazy, whose job perks include the ability to work from any location. Check out the PayScale Research Center for salary information on various other writer jobs, including Journalist salaries, and the salary range for Grant Writers.

    Writer Job Description:
    Mazy: "I write fictional stories as episodes and sell them to newspapers and periodicals.  I tend to print on a bi-weekly basis."

    PayScale: How did you get started as a Writer?
    Mazy: "I started badgering newspapers until they decided to print my work.  But, I had to be very persistent and I had to go to them continually."

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  • Alumni Salaries vs. NCAA Championships: Big Pay Predicts Exit

    Continuing the theme of the last few posts, how well did university alumni salaries (pay of graduates with 5 to 15 years of experience) predict the "Sweet Sixteen" round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship?

    Last week, I flipped the original bracket picks (schools with higher paid alumni win) and predicted Stanford University (3 seed, $113,000), UCLA (1 seed, $86,600) and University of Texas (2 seed, $83,400) would be next to leave the tournament, because they all have alumni who earn well above the tournament school average.

    The good news is I was 2 for 3! The bad news is that the NCAA seeding committee was even better. They predicted only 2 would leave the tourney (the universities that are not 1 seeds), and the seeding committee was right :-)

    In this post, I'll look at how well salary worked to predict the Sweet Sixteen weekend, and make a last guess at which university will win it all.

    Are you overpaid and headed home like Stanford, or pulling down 1/2 as much and going to the Final Four like the University of Memphis ($59,100)? Find out with the PayScale salary survey.

  • Clinical Dietitian Salaries

    Name: Hope Gardner
    Job Title: Clinical Dietitian, previously a Dietary Aide
    Where: Columbia, South Carolina
    Employer: Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital
    Education: Master's of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from LA TECH University
    Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Annual Salary: $45,000 (To see Clinical Dietitian salaries by years of experience, visit the PayScale Research Center. Also find information on other medical jobs, including Medical Laboratory Technician salaries).

    Hope Gardner has found her perfect career fit, combining a love of food and a passion for helping people.  Beginning her career as a Dietary Aide, Hope is now a Clinical Dietitian, rehabilitating patients through dietary counseling. Here, Hope shares what she loves most about her job, and outlines a possible career path for anyone considering a job as a Dietary Aide or Clinical Dietitian.

    Clinical Dietitian Job Description and Duties of a Dietitian:
    Complete nutritional assessments of patients to determine if they are at risk of being malnourished, counsel patients on diets, importance of nutrition, also work with registered nurses (RNs), and physical and occupational therapists for the best possible rehab potential for a patient.

    PayScale: How did you get started as a Clinical Dietitian?
    Hope: "I love food and wanted to help people and didn't want to be a chef (late nights) or a nurse (hate needles). I'm perfectly right in the middle of both of these!"

  • Bad News for High Salary and Seed Schools in NCAA Basketball Tourney

    In the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, the power of university alumni salaries (pay of graduates with 5 to 15 years of experience) to predict the outcome of basketball games finally waned.

    The PayScale bracket picks, when adjusted for the first round outcomes, only predicted 9 out of 16 games correctly. This is basically the same as tossing a coin.

    The seeding committee did better: the higher seeded team won 13 out of 16 second round games.

    However, we discovered a new pattern in the data: high seed and high alumni salaries appear to be a bad combination in NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

    What does this mean for which universities will make the final 4? Read on...

    Are you overpaid and underachieving like a Duke University ($96,800), or underpaid and overachieving like Western Kentucky University ($48,800)? Find out with the PayScale salary survey.

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  • Nonprofit Salaries - Nonprofit Executive Director

    Name: Ann E. Tucker
    Job Title: Nonprofit Executive Director
    Where: Galesburg, IL
    Employer: United Way of Knox County, Inc.
    Years of Experience: 15 as a paralegal
    Education: Illinois Central College, Associate Degree;  Western Illinois University - going back to get my bachelor's degree
    Nonprofit Salaries : $45,000 to $75,000*
    See the PayScale Research Center for median salaries of nonprofit executive directors.

    Nonprofit Salaries - Nonprofit Executive Director

    A career in the nonprofit industry can certainly have its perks. Ann Tucker is a nonprofit executive director for United Way, and says there’s not much she doesn’t love about her job. Plus, Ann gets the daily satisfaction of knowing she’s helping others. Median nonprofit executive director salaries can be as low as $35,000 for those with less than one year of experience, but can also reach beyond $90,000 once one has gained at least 20 years of experience. Salaries can also vary by location, so be sure to check out salaries of Nonprofit Executive Directors by city.

    Nonprofit Executive Director Job Description:

    Organize and hold an annual campaign; recruit and train volunteers; organize special events; supervise one full-time employee and two part-time employees; networking; attend seminars; promote public awareness of our organization and our partner agencies; agency relations.

    PayScale: How did you get started as an executive director for a nonprofit?

    I had been a paralegal for 15 years. Due to downsizing in my firm, and burnout on my part, I was forced to find new employment. I interviewed for an administrative assistant position with United Way. Three weeks after I started my job, the executive director submitted her [resignation].  I was offered the job after serving as interim director for six months.

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  • Can Job Hopping Hurt Your Career?
    Edward Muzio's grandfather worked in the same company his whole life. His mother labored in the same industry until she retired, though for different employers. But between the two of them, Edward and his brother have worked in six different career fields during 30 combined years.
  • Continuing Education: A Lifelong Pursuit That Pays
    If you want job security, try investing in 'employment insurance.' That's the term Greg Schulz uses to describe continuing education. "Continuing education is almost like employment insurance...If something unexpected happens, you are insured and protected. It teaches you something new, but also serves as insurance in a fast-paced and changing world-the more skills you can develop, the better prepared you are to have a successful career," explains Schulz, dean of instruction and student services at California's North Orange County Community College District.
  • Making Sense of a Softening Job Market

    For the U.S. economy, the hits keep coming.

    In February, employers cut jobs by the largest amount in five years. According to the Associated Press:

    For the second straight month, nervous employers got rid of jobs nationwide. In February, they sliced payrolls by 63,000, even deeper than the 22,000 cut in January, the Labor Department reported Friday. The grim snapshot of the country’s employment climate underscored the heavy toll the housing and credit debacles are taking on companies, jobseekers and the economy as a whole.

    While the Bush administration tries to remain upbeat, toting a recent stimulus package, others are casting a darker shadow over the future. A New York Times story reports:

    Within minutes of the new report on employment, many in the dwindling pool of optimists changed their positions. ... Just one minute after the Labor Department published its report at 8:30 a.m., JPMorgan Chase reversed its stance, declaring that a recession appeared to have begun. Lehman Brothers switched its position as well.

    What does this all mean for workers and jobseekers?

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  • Is a Person's Salary Considered Privacy Act Information?

    Is a person's salary considered privacy act information?  SignOnSanDiego.com reported that the California Supreme Court ruled in favor a newspaper seeking government job info and salary numbers of public employees. The ruling said that the city of Oakland must release the names, records of termination and salaries of police officers (who earned more than $100,000 in 2004).

    Police officer unions claimed that this information on salary and payment should remain confidential due to privacy. However, Chief Justice Ronald George stated: “Counterbalancing any cognizable interest that public employees may have in avoiding disclosure of their salaries is the strong public interest in knowing how the government spends its money." Should government job info and salary be made public?

    Are you being paid fairly? Check your salary, privately, with our PayScale Salary Calculator.

  • Web Developer -- Inside Info on a Web Developer Job & Web Developer Salaries

    Name: Debbie Johnson
    Job Title: Web Developer
    Where: Sacramento, CA
    Employer: Infotech Consulting
    Years of Experience: 10
    Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Phoenix
    Annual Salary: $60,000 (See the PayScale Research Center for the median salary of software developers in the US by years experience.)

  • List of Future Jobs in Demand: 2006-2016

    "Where do you see yourself 10 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 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). (Note: the original list included jobs predicted to grow between 2006 and 2016, but it's been updated through 2022. Our post includes the previous data.)

    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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