• The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs [interactive chart]

    Want a job that makes the world a better place? Sometimes, that means sacrificing practical rewards (read: cash) for a sense of helping others -- but not always. As PayScale's newest data package shows, many careers offer a salary that allows you to feed your body as well as your spirit. Some will even make you rich.

  • How Sports Psychology Helps Workers
    Sports psychologists -- psychologists trained specifically to help athletes perform their best -- have become in demand in recent years, according to the British Psychological Society. But even if you're not an elite athlete, sports psychology can help you perform better at your job.
  • The Future of Minimum Wage: More Money, But No More One-Size-Fits-All

    At the beginning of the month, Seattle's city council voted unanimously to increase the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour in stages over the next three to seven years. To get a business owner's perspective on the issue, we spoke via email with John Pepper, co-founder and former CEO of Boloco, a Boston-based restaurant chain with 22 units across New England. Pepper told us a bit about why a higher minimum wage isn't necessarily bad for business and what else needs to change for small businesses to thrive while paying their workers higher wages.

  • 8 Alternatives to a 4-Year Degree
    Life after high school or at a time of transition is like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel, and sometimes seeing that you have choices is all that matters. Here’s a list of ideas that will jump-start your brainstorming if traditional college is not for you.
  • Are You Expecting a Raise This Year?

    Workers expect a 4.5 percent merit pay increase in 2014, according to the quarterly report Global Workforce Insights for Compensation, which is released by consulting firm CEB. Benefits Pro further reports that employees expect an increase in bonus pay of 2.9 percent, a 1 percent increase from last quarter.

  • Learn to Love 'Bad' Grades, Make More Money Later On

    Why do fewer women major in STEM fields? In part, research suggests, it's because they don't want to risk earning less-than-amazing grades -- even if a B in a science field would allow them to graduate with a better-paying degree than an A in humanities.

  • 3 Ways to Get the Most Out of College

    For the price of a college education, you could buy a house in many parts of the country -- sometimes, with enough left over to put a car in the driveway and boat in the yard. Of course, without a college education, it's hard to find enough money for any of those things. But the fact remains that just going to college is no longer enough to set you on the path to success, however you define it. Here's how to get the most out of your (hundreds of thousands of) tuition dollars.

  • You Can Discuss Your Salary With Your Co-workers (No Matter What the Boss Says)

    Policies limiting your right to discuss your salary with your co-workers have been a staple of employee handbooks for years. There's just one problem: they're totally illegal.

  • Is College Still Worth the High Cost of Tuition?

    For every pundit who assures us that college is not for everyone, there's a study reminding us that employers often feel differently. But with college tuition costs skyrocketing -- even at public schools, and with financial aid -- we could be forgiven for wondering exactly what we're getting out of our tuition dollars.

  • Seattle Debates Raising Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

    Yesterday, hundreds of minimum-wage earning workers packed an assembly at Seattle Town Hall to encourage Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Washington's current minimum wage of $9.32 an hour is the highest in the country, but that doesn't mean it's enough to support a family, workers contend.

  • 4 Ways Boston's New Program Could Fix the Gender Wage Gap
    While recent data has shown that the gender wage gap isn’t as wide as we thought it was, there is still a gap. In Boston, for example, women make 83 cents for each dollar a man makes and in an effort to close that gap, the city is attempting a new, different method. Here are four ways this new program could actually work.
  • 3 Tips to Position Yourself for a Promotion

    If you're angling for a promotion, it's not enough to work hard and do your job well. Here's how to improve your chances.

  • Women's Dress Code for Getting a Promotion or Raise
    We all have days when we look in the closet and wonder how we are going to survive until we can do laundry. Depending upon where you work, this may be more or less of a problem. Some office dress codes are casual enough that if you have nothing clean but a pair of jeans, you can wear them to work. Regardless of how formal or casual your office, however, there are stricter rules for dress when you are trying to move forward in your career, get a promotion, or receive a raise. When you are ready to ask for a raise or a promotion, plan ahead and wear the outfit that will help you get what you are asking for.
  • Women Are Dominating in the World of Hedge Funds (and It's Great for Everyone)
    A new study shows that fund management is proving to be gender-biased, and women are, literally, giving men a run for their money in this male-dominant industry.
  • Who Wants to Raise the Minimum Wage? The Answer May Surprise You
    Is raising the federal minimum wage rate beneficial to the economy or not? We'll take a look at who's for and against raising the wage and how level of education affects people's opinions.
  • 5 Apps That Every Professional Needs to Know About
    Professionals are constantly looking for ways to better organize their time in order to carve out a few more minutes (or hours, if they’re lucky) to find that elusive work-life balance. Here are five apps that every professional needs to help them attain a better sense of control over their everyday lives.
  • You Can Now Get Your Paycheck in Bitcoin -- But Should You?

    If you're a gambler, you're probably salivating over that headline. After all, a Bitcoin today worth $800 was valued at only $13 a year ago, and at least one venture capital firm has predicted that a single Bitcoin could someday be worth as much as million dollars. Why not ask for your paycheck in Bitcoin, and reap the (potential) rewards?

  • 5 Tips That Will Help You Get a Raise This Year

    What would make 2014 better than 2013? If you're like most of us, you'll say, "More money." (No, seriously: we've done research.) Of course, setting your mind on the goal isn't enough to make it happen, all on its own. Here's what you need to do.

  • How To Fully Embrace Vulnerability in Order to Excel in Your Career
    In her TEDxHouston presentation, Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, speaks about how learning to embrace the one thing that frightens us most – vulnerability – is the secret to living a happy, fulfilled, and courageous life.
  • Habits of Self-Made Billionaires [infographic]

    The vast majority of super-rich people had some help along the way. In fact, Entrepreneur points out, 27 of the world's 100 richest people are heirs. The 73 remaining richest mostly had either education or reasonably well-off parents to boost their chances. But what about the eight who had neither a college degree nor money to support them?