• 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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    There's no such thing as a perfect job. Or is there? Fortune's annual look at the 100 Best Companies to Work For begs the question, offering a raft of reasons why these workplaces are top-notch.

    A well-known California-based technology company makes it a rule that employees never be more than 100 feet away from food. At an energy producer in Oklahoma the average bonus in 2006 was $21,332 and the median was $9,000. And then there's the New York firm where pay and benefits increased 23 percent from the year before.

    If you're scouting greener career pastures, you might pursue a gig with one of these employers.

  • Learning to Lead

    Learning to Lead

    What makes a leader successful, even outstanding?

    Experts offer myriad answers to that question, touting lists of essential leadership traits or keys to effective management. Amid that great sea of counsel, most leaders in the American workplace must be highly skilled, constantly improving and commanding praise from subordinates--right?

    I don't think so.

    One of the common gripes I hear from colleagues, friends and family is about ineffective management where they work, which often triggers their discontent.

    Still there is hope, floating in the sea of advice: In December BusinessWeek ran a piece by Marshall Goldsmith that explains leadership is about what higher-ups do, not about what they say. Companies often get stuck in a rut of talking too much about their vision of leadership instead of acting on it. Goldsmith and his partner Howard Morgan studied more than 11,000 managers at eight major corporations:

    In our study we found that leaders who took training and feedback seriously, made a personal commitment to improvement, and followed up with their co-workers became more effective. Leaders who just listened to the talk but took no action or made no commitment improved no more than those who hadn’t even heard the talk.

  • Do You Need A Sabbatical?

    Skipping out on your career could prove to be a shrewd move.

    That was the case for several workers interviewed in recent stories in American Public Media’s Marketplace and The Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal:

    A sabbatical can enhance your career, especially if you acquire valuable skills, experience and insights. Extended breaks allow for personal goals, such as travel, study or research. ...

    Sabbaticals are attracting greater attention these days from the nation's frazzled and disengaged workforce, according to Dan Clements, who co-wrote "Escape 101: Sabbaticals Made Simple." He took five in 15 years. About 16% of U.S. employers offered unpaid sabbaticals and 4% gave paid ones in 2007, the Society for Human Resource Management reports.

    What makes these stints so appealing, especially if you're doing them on your own dime?

  • Jobs for Computer Science Degree Grads Going Up, Up

    High salaries and plenty of jobs abound for recent computer science degree grads, according to a recent article on ComputerWorld.com. However, the picture may not be so rosy for veteran techies. In fact, some experienced IT workers are actually experiencing cutbacks. What is going on here? 

    First, the recent college grads: Emanuel Contomanolis, of the Rochester Institute of Technology, told ComputerWorld.com that jobs for computer science degree holders were prevalent in IT firms, thanks to recruiters scouring campuses. He also said that financial services firms are filling jobs for computer science degree holders, because they have realized that IT features "are going to be critical to how they differentiate themselves on the market."

    How does your salary compare to jobs for computer science degree grads?  Find out with PayScale's full salary survey.

  • Software Developer Salaries: Ruby on Rails vs. Java

    "willCode4Beer", a software engineer and blogger in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently posted a comparison of "Ruby on Rails" and Java software developer salaries, using PayScale data.

    Noting that the average salary for developers in San Francisco is $17,000 higher for Java than Ruby on Rails, he concluded he should stick with Java, at least until the pay for Ruby on Rails catches up.

    However, big grains of salt are required when comparing these charts :-)

    In this post, after a brief background on programming languages and their fads, I'll look at why, even in the face of these charts, it is not so clear which language willCode4Beer should use.

    Wondering what your skills are worth? Find out with the PayScale salary calculator.

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    As Americans wind down another year of work, some are gearing up for a job hunt. With many expressing concern over finances, searching for top paying jobs in industries that are leading the charge doesn't sound half bad.
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