• Does Private School Tuition Really Pay Off?

    By Bridget Quigg

    When you hear that someone graduated from Harvard or Princeton, do you automatically assume that they’re making the big bucks? You’re probably right, according to PayScale’s data on what different college graduates earn. But, they also likely paid the big bucks to go to an elite private school rather than a local, state institution. Is all of that tuition really paying them back?

  • Copywriter Careers - Copywriter Job Description
    Name: Carol Pocina
    Job Title: Copywriter
    Years of Experience: 3
    Where: Minneaplis, MN
    Education: Bachelor of Science in Marketing
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Worked on directories for community services. Talked with people that offered free services and wrote informational paragraphs for directory.
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for copywriter salary data.

    Copywriter Careers - Copywriter Job Description

    How do you get started as a copywriter? In this Salary Story, we hear about one copywriter's career path from completing a marketing degree to finding freelance copywriting jobs. She shares advice on what to expect from copywriter careers, especially as an entry-level writer. She also offers insight into the salary of a copywriter and explains why copywriter jobs can be both challenging and fun.  If you're looking for a creative occupation or just want to know more about freelance writing jobs, keep reading to find out more.

    PayScale: What is your copywriter job description?

    I work on writing copy for clients' ads and brochures. I do research on the technical properties of the products I write about and try to determine what makes the product appealing to the people who will read my work. Currently I am writing about tools that painting contractors use and copper metal roofs. Copywriting isn't always exciting.
  • Marry for Money! Advice for Ali on “The Bachelorette” TV Show

    How does someone pick their partner for life - great looks, a quick mind, a generous heart, deep pockets? Ali on “The Bachelorette” TV show has an impressive group of men with lots of good qualities to sort through. How will she decide?

  • Merchandising Jobs - Marketing Consultant Job Description

    Name: Marg
    Job Title: Marketing Consultant
    Where: Northeast PA
    Current Employer: National Marketing Company
    Years of Experience: 6
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Program Coordinator/Writer
    Education: BA Sociology, Assoc. Equivalency Paralegal, Assoc. Education
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the median salaries for marketers.

    Merchandising Jobs - Marketing Consultant Job Description

    Many businesses need their products to be marketed creatively, not just via advertising or the Internet, but through face-to-face contact with potential customers. An intriguing display can help draw people in to sample products and get information. For a successful marketer, flexibility is key - changing products, setting up multiple displays, and interacting with various consumers may all be part of a days work. In this Salary Story, an experienced marketing consultant describes what it's like to market products in various retail locations. Find out why merchandising jobs can be both fun and challenging.

    PayScale: What is your marketing consultant job description?

    Merchandise products from manufacturers, set up displays, distribute sample products, brochures and coupons to consumers.

  • Tools for Judging College as an Investment

    Nancy Folbre, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst had a thought provoking post on the Economix blog on the economics of universities, and the value of a college education.

    She brought up three interesting problems:

    1. Difficulty the "buyers" of a college education have in judging value
    2. Rising costs and questionable approaches for new revenue (e.g., marketing for out of state students)
    3. Poor outcomes such as low graduation rates particularly at for-profit and large state universities

    I have blogged comparing private and public universities before. In this post, I just want to point out the resources that are most useful in judging the economic value of a 4-year bachelor's degree education from a particular institution.

    Bachelor's degree or not, are you earning what you are worth? Spend 5 minutes completing the PayScale online salary evaluation survey and know.

  • Where to Look for Student Summer Jobs

    College tuition is up so both high school and college students need summertime work to pay the bills. But, student summer jobs are tough to find. There’s a lot of competition for work in this down economy. With older, more experienced workers happy to take a pay cut just to earn some cash, competition at hotel, resorts, amusement parks, summers camps and other summer destinations is higher than ever. What’s a student to do?

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  • Business Career Info - Becoming a Business Consultant
    Name: Philip Lafeber
    Job Title: Business consultant
    Current Employer: Mavim
    Where: Amsterdam, NH
    Years of Experience: 6
    Other Relevant Work Experience: ICT analysis, process consultancy
    Education: University of Amsterdam, M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median salaries for business consultant careers.

    Business Career Info - Becoming a Business Consultant

    In this Salary Story, business consultant Philip Lafeber discusses the ins and outs of consulting careers. For anyone considering a career in this field, he provides a detailed description of his current responsibilities, offers sound advice on becoming a business consultant, and describes some of the differences between internal and external business consultant positions. For more business career info, check out the links at the bottom of the page.

  • What Are the Duties of a Paralegal?

    Name: Rita
    Job Title: Paralegal
    Current Employer: Dowling, Aaron & Keeler, Inc.
    Where: Fresno, CA
    Years of Experience: 14 years
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Secretary
    Education: Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar, CA Paralegal Certificate
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median paralegal salaries.

    Paralegal Job Profile - How to Become a Paralegal

    In this Salary Story, we hear from Rita, a successful paralegal who knows the ins and outs of working as a legal assistant. She describes the duties of a paralegal, explains some of the challenges that paralegals face, and offers advice on how to become a paralegal and be successful in the field. For more career information, check out the paralegal links at the bottom of the page.

    PayScale: What are the duties of a paralegal?

    For litigation cases assigned to me, I am responsible for overall case management under the supervision of the assigned attorney; drafting and responding to discovery requests, preparation of client status reports, document control, drafting pleadings, trial preparation of exhibits, motions in limine, jury instructions. For trademark assignments, I complete initial clearance research of potential trademarks, analysis and discuss with the attorney; research potential conflicts; prepare draft trademark applications; communicate with the client over all aspects of the trademark application and defense aspects; draft responses to office actions; oversee calendaring of applications and registrations and all deadlines associated with same; and prepare draft renewals of registrations.

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