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    Did you get an AA, a BA, a Master’s or a Ph.D.? No matter what your degree, it ought to help boost your salary. Are you getting the most earnings possible from your education? How do you know?
  • Is College a Good Investment?

    Together with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, PayScale on Monday released a report on the return on investment (ROI) in education at 554 bachelor's degree granting colleges and universities

    All together, the PayScale College ROI Report ranked 852 possibilities, evaluating public universities for both in-state and out of state tuition costs.

    Why evaluate college tuition as an investment? There is a clear analogy from the housing market.

    Conventional wisdom used to say that buying a house was always a great investment, offering returns of 10% or more a year. As many have painfully learned over the last few years, buying a house at the wrong price can be a bad investment, particularly if you borrowed too much to pay for it.

    Conventional wisdom also says that paying for tuition, room and board for a 4-year bachelor's degree, no matter what the cost, is a great investment, offering long term returns of $1,000,000 or more over going to work straight out of high school.

    The PayScale College ROI report shows that the return varies tremendously across schools. Netting a million dollar payday is far from a sure thing.

    In the next few blog posts, I'll cover the basics of our methodology, why we made the choices we did in calculating ROI, some guidance on how to use this to evaluate college choices and costs, and respond to some of the criticisms.

    Whether you went to college or not, are you earning what you are worth? Spend 5 minutes completing the PayScale online salary evaluation survey and know.

  • Is College a Good Investment? – Part II
  • 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?

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    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.
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  • 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.

  • Inbound Call Center Jobs - Customer Service Job Description
    Job Title: Customer Service (in-coming call center)
    Current Employer: AT&T
    Years of Experience: 4
    Where: Fayetteville, NC
    Education: High School Diploma
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Customer Service, Clerical, Microsoft applications, Windows.
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median customer service rep salaries.

    Inbound Call Center Jobs – Customer Service Job Description


    Customer service is an important job. Whether it's a cell phone that stopped working, a lost credit card, or a computer glitch, we've all needed help from a customer service representative at one time or another. Call center reps often handle calls from frustrated customers - sometimes multiple times in a given day. While this can be difficult even for skilled representatives, the following Salary Story explains that resolving problems for customers can also be rewarding. In this interview, an AT&T inbound call center representative provides a detailed customer service job description and explains some favorite - and least favorite - aspects of the job. Keep reading to get some insider tips on how to succeed in this challenging job.

    PayScale: What is a customer service representative job description?

    This is my actual job description: Handles customer questions, complaints, and billing inquiries with the highest degree of courtesy and professionalism to resolve customer issues with one call resolution. Offers alternative solutions where appropriate with the objective of retaining customer's business. Handles business transactions in connection with activation of new customer accounts on a computer terminal. Communicates with customers using web-based tools and demonstrates the associated proficiency in typing and grammar. Makes financial decisions to protect/collect revenues and adjusts customer accounts. May be required to achieve a sale quota. Has broad working knowledge of AT&T practices and operations and demonstrates continued and consistent proficiency in most of the skill sets utilized within the Host Call Center. May assist management with scheduling and tracking of the workforce and vacation schedules in accordance with set Company guidelines and requirements. May assist in training new employees. Performs other duties as assigned by management.

    General Essential Functions Which are Normally Required: 1. Answers customer/client requests or inquiries concerning services, products, billing, equipment, claims, and reports problem areas. 2. May be required to work in one or multiple queues/skill sets over various customer contact channels. 3. Responsible for improving customer retention through programs and service provided to the customer 4. Utilizes mechanized systems to initiate and complete service orders and handle customer requests. 5. Continually maintain working knowledge of all company products, services and promotions. 6. Make recommendations according to customer’s needs on features, accessories, upgrades and rate plans. 7. Utilize operational systems to process purchases of AT&T products and services; i.e. collections, payments for Wireless bills and accessories.


    PayScale: How did you get started in customer service?

    Took a typing class in high school. Worked as an administrative specialist for 20 years in the US Army. Enjoyed working with others, working in an office environment.

  • Salaries of “Different” Jobs

    How many job titles can you name? From software developer to welder to baggage handler, most of us could maybe come up with a hundred jobs or so. But, there are thousands of job titles out there. You know, the ones that make you say, "Huh, that's different." And, some of those less-well-known or “different” jobs pay well. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a list of your alternative options?

  • Online Teaching Jobs - Online English Instructor Job Description
    Name: Latorial Faison
    Job Title: Online English Instructor
    Current Employer: DeVry University Online
    Where: Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Years of Experience: 10
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Higher Education Administration, Public School Teacher, Poet/Writer
    Education: Univ. of Virginia, 1995, BA English; VA TECH, 1997, MA English; Univ. of Phoenix, 2014, Ph.D. Higher Education Admin.
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median salaries for online education jobs.

    Online Teaching Jobs - Online English Instructor Job Description

    Many people dream of working from home, but anyone who has searched for Internet-based employment knows that it can be hard to find legitimate online jobs. However, if you have the credentials to apply for college-level teaching jobs, an online instructor position could provide the freedom of a home-based job along with the professional satisfaction of an academic career.

    Careers in online education have grown in the last several years, including jobs at online universities. In this Salary Story, we hear from an experienced online instructor who teaches for DeVry University. Find out why online jobs for teachers can be both challenging and rewarding.


    PayScale: What is your online teacher job description?


    I teach English courses online from the comfort of my own home. I manage one to two courses every eight weeks. Course management includes contacting students via e-mail regularly; posting course and university announcements to students; and grading weekly discussions, writing assignments, and team assignments. In addition, I enter grades several times a week in the online grade book. I teach in the eCollege platform. Sometimes contacting students via telephone is required, but most contact occurs through the online environment or via e-mail.
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