• Saving the World, One Ventriloquist Act at a Time
    Meet Nancy Burks Worcester, a professional ventriloquist. People often tell her, "You have the best job in the world!" and she thinks they are right.
  • Geek Dream Job: Become a Video Game Tester

    Real people get paid to play and test video games during development. Next time you think you are wasting your time playing video games, consider putting your hobby to work.

  • Get Paid to Have Fun: Water Slide Tester

    It doesn't get much wilder and wackier than getting paid to go down water slides.

  • Get Paid to Sleep at Work: Get a Job as a Bed Tester
    Some people hate to get out of bed to go to work in the morning. Other people go to work in the morning to get back in bed.
  • 3 Professional Mermaids' Tales

    If you are looking for a job, love to swim, and can hold your breath for a long time, you may be able to find work as a mermaid.

  • Cool Jobs on TV: Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters
    There's something magical about a treehouse. Tucked inside the protective arms of Mother Nature, high above the Earth's floor, they provide sanctuary from parental interference and fodder for the imagination. It may look like a wooden box on stilts from the outside, but from the inside it's a pirate ship, a rocket or a medieval castle.
  • Cool Jobs on TV: Mountain Movers
    At the Winter X Games, snowboarders and snowmobilers perform gravity defying stunts on steep slopes of ice and snow. The only thing more amazing than pulling off a cab cork 1080 indy to a frontside 900 is turning a mountain full of snow into an awesome competition course in just a few days.
  • Out-of-the-ordinary Job Opportunities on LinkedIn [infographic]
    Just when you thought you've seen it all, LinkedIn released an infographic revealing ads featuring everything from ninjas to Antarctica to Diane von Furstenberg. If job hunting hasn't been promising lately, you may want to test your luck with these not-so-conventional opportunities that could possibly hold the key to your career success!
  • TV's Most Dangerous Jobs: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?
    Since the golden age of television, we've been watching firemen and police officers put their lives on the line in order to protect the innocent. But those are just actors and although a few have been known to get hurt in the performance of their duties, acting isn't usually a dangerous profession. On the other hand, the stars of these four reality shows are truly risking life and limb every time the cameras roll. Why do they do it? Because with big risks, come big rewards.
  • Receptionist Salary and Job Description

    Name: June Miller
    Job Title: Nursing Unit Clerk, Receptionist
    Where: Vancouver, BC
    Current Employer: Currently in college
    Years of Experience: 35
    Relevant Work Experience: Administrative Assistant, Health Care Worker, Activity Aide, Barber, Personal Assistant
    Education: GED, Secretarial Certificate, HCW Certificate
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median receptionist salary data.

    Receptionist Salary and Job Description

    Working for a temp agency can be a great way to try out different jobs or get your foot in the door at a desirable company. On the other hand, it often means frequent changes in work schedule and location. To deal with these unique challenges, temporary employees must be flexible, learn quickly and have great communication skills. In this Salary Story, we hear from June, a former temp who worked successfully in various positions. She offers advice on how to adapt to a new job and describes some of the challenges and rewards of choosing to work as a temporary receptionist.

  • Becoming a Life Coach

    Becoming a Life Coach

    Name: Eileen Wood
    Job Title: Wellness and Life Coach, Writer, Inspirational Teacher
    Years of Experience: 20 years
    Where: Raleigh, NC
    Current Employer: Self-Employed
    Education: East Carolina University, BA; Atlantic University, MA
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median life coach salary data.

    Becoming a Life Coach

    What is a life coach? The simple answer is that a life coach can help clients to reach personal goals and make life changes. Making career changes, learning to manage stress more effectively, or pursuing long neglected dreams are just a few examples of why someone might hire a life coach. In this Salary Story, Eileen Wood, a wellness and life coach in North Carolina, explains what being a life coach means to her. She describes her approach to life coaching, offers advice on becoming a life coach, and talks about the challenges and rewards that are a part of transforming people's lives.

    PayScale: What is a life coach? Describe your life coach job description.


    As a wellness and life coach I encourage and inspire others to take control of their lives. Self-empowerment is a very strong attribute that reflects in all areas of life. It is the key to success and having a fulfilling life. By working with the mind, body and spirit, an individual can become more aware of what their purpose is in life, what is important to them, find their strengths and change their life for the better. Life coaching is like training for a marathon, only this marathon is for your life's journey. Just like an Olympic athlete uses a coach to help him/her excel at a sport, an individual will benefit immensely from using a life coach to help him/her excel in daily life experiences. Through the written word in articles and books, as a writer and aspiring author, I offer people opportunities to gain insight into their own self preservation. The pathway to personal success starts with the self and then moves outward. “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people” - Chinese proverb.

    As a teacher I work with meditation, stress management, philosophy, metaphysics, science and ancient wisdom in order to help others understand themselves and how they fit in the world.

  • Hotel Housekeeping Supervisor Job Description
    Name: Vincenta Castillo
    Job Title: Deputy Head Housekeeper
    Where: Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    Years of Experience: 12 years
    Education: Teesside University Diploma on Business Information Technology and Management
    Employer: Mcdonald Old Swan Hotel, Mcdonald Gisborough Hall Hotel
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the average wage for housekeeper.

    Hotel Housekeeping Supervisor

    Hotel housekeeping is steeped in history. From the beginning of the noble class in England the position of head housekeeper has been one of the top jobs of the commoners. Now, in modern times, all of the nobles have been replaced by bankers and their castles have been converted to high class hotels and resorts. What remains are the housekeeping staff and the important role of head housekeeper. Vincenta Castillo has been carrying on the tradition for more than a decade and has house keeping lesson plans to show you what it takes to be successful in this age-old profession. In this Salary Story, Vincenta shares her hotel housekeeping definition, including the roles and responsibilities of the housekeeping department, and provides an insider's look at what life is really like for hotel housekeepers.

    What is a housekeeping supervisor job description?

    Deputize and supervise the housekeeping department along with the head housekeeper. Allocate bedrooms to be cleaned by the room attendant and check cleaned bedrooms to make sure they meet the core standard of cleaning. Check bedrooms for maintenance - attention to details and presentation are very important. Every six months I do the following: re-training on health and safety and do the risk assessment on staff, re-training the room attendant to the high core standard of hygiene and cleanliness of the bedrooms, re-introduce any changes on different cleaning materials and chemicals to be used, ask for staff feedback and give incentives for jobs well-done.
  • Building Maintenance Career
    Name: Eddy Wedertz, Sr.
    Job Title: Retail Store Building Maintenance Supervisor
    Where: Fort Myers, FL
    Years of Experience: 21 years
    Education: Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA, Air-conditioning major, Math and Electrical minors.
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median salary of a building maintenance supervisor.

    Building Maintenance Supervisor

    The importance of building maintenance is often taken for granted until something stops working. All of a sudden work grinds to a halt because the lights have gone out, the ceiling is leaking onto your computer, or the office is the temperature of the sun. That’s when Eddy Wedertz is transformed into a hero. He and others like him are the only people who know the maintenance plans and procedures required to take care of any problem within a given building or business. So the next time you see your maintenance manager, thank them - they not only make your job easier, they make it possible.
  • Ski Resort Jobs: Tips for Working in a Winter Wonderland
    Research ski resort jobs and find work in a winter wonderland. Who ever said work and play had to be pursued separately?
  • Cabin Crew Salaries: Hot Air Balloon Pilot

    Name: "Captain Crystal" Stout
    Job Title: Hot Air Balloon Pilot
    Where: Ridgefield, WA
    Employer: Morning Star Balloon Co. (President/Owner/Operator)
    Years of Experience: 22
    Education: Jr. College 

    Cabin Crew Salaries: Hot Air Balloon Pilot

    When most people think of cabin crew salaries, they may picture an airline, but this Salary Story takes off with hot air balloon pilot "Captain Crystal" Stout. She took time out of her busy schedule to tell us about her career as a hot air balloon pilot, including info on hot air balloon pilot requirements and training.

    "Captain Crystal" also gave us the inside track on hot air balloon pilot school and taking a hot air ballooning exam. Keep reading to learn more about a career that is always going up!

  • Professional Wrestler's Salary

    Name: Darin Childs
    Job Title: Professional Wrestler
    Where: I have wrestled throughout the world and run my own company throughout the State of Texas
    Employer: Owner of Anarchy Championship Wrestling
    Years of Experience: 10
    Education: B.A., Ohio State University

    Professional Wrestler's Salary

    If you enjoy body-slams, pile-drivers and head-locks, then don't miss this Salary Story on how to become a professional wrestler. We spoke to to pro wrestler Darin Childs who gave us the inside moves on factors that can affect a professional wrestler's salary and how to become a professional wrestler.

    He also told us about pro wrestling franchises and Mexican professional wrestling. If you're tough enough, keep reading our jaw-breaking info on this unusual career.

  • Professional Organizer and Redesign Specialist

    Name: Noelle Jackson
    Job Title: Professional Organizer and Redesign Specialist
    Where: Seattle, Washington State
    Employer: (Self) Small Business Owner Redesign Consulting, Home and Work Redesign
    Years of Experience: 1 year of professional home and work redesign, 10 years doing home and work redesign for friends and family
    Education: College and Graduate School ( Northwestern University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill )

    Professional Organizer Salary

    Thanks to our fast-paced society, professional home and work organizers are in big demand these days. A professional organizer can set their own schedule, so this is an appealing career choice for those who need more flexible hours. We recently interviewed Noelle Jackson who explained exactly how to become a professional organizer and do efficient home and work redesign.

    She also spoke about the the factors that affect a professional organizer's salary, the steps she took to become a professional organizer, training to be a professional organizer, the National Association of Professional Organizers, home organizer tips, what exactly home and work redesign means, and why this is a good job for women making a career change.

    If you're wondering "How do I become a professional organizer?" or "What is a typical professional organizer salary?" and/or want to start your own business in home and work redesign, this Salary Story should be a priority on your to-do list!

  • Becoming A Flight Attendant

    Name: Sherri Blaise
    Job Title: Flight Attendant
    Where: Detroit, MI
    Employer: Mesaba Airlines
    Years of Experience: 5+
    Education: B.S. in Journalism, Florida A&M University
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median flight attendant salary.

    Becoming A Flight Attendant

    For readers interested in becoming a flight attendant, or who want to know more about a flight attendant career, this Salary Story has the answers. We recently spoke to flight attendant Sherri Blaise about her steps toward becoming a flight attendant, what to expect from a flight attendant career and the average flight attendant salary.

    Working as a flight attendant means traveling to numerous destinations. That may sound fun, but Sherri gave us the inside scoop on what it takes to be a flight attendant. As Sherri explains, if you are flexible and have a winning attitude, you might be the perfect candidate for a flight attendant career. So fasten your seat belts as we prepare for takeoff, and learn more about becoming a flight attendant.

  • Actuary Salaries and Job Description

    Name: Promod Sharma
    Job Title: Actuary
    Where: Toronto, Ontario
    Employer: Major Canadian Life Insurance Company
    Years of Experience: 23
    Education: BSc (University of Western Ontario)
    Salary: Use PayScale's Research Center to find median actuary salaries.

    Actuary Salaries and Job Description

    Most people may not know what an actuary does, or the reasons to become an actuary. As this interview reveals, actuarial jobs offer great variety and growth potential. We spoke to actuary Promod Sharma who gave us inside info on what to expect from actuarial jobs, factors that affect actuary salaries and the outlook for actuarial jobs. Promod emphasized that actuary positions are not necessarily boring, as many people assume. According to Promod, actuarial jobs can provide challenging work as well as the opportunity to help consumers.

    This informative interview also covers the actuary exam(s) given by the Society of Actuaries to become an Associate of The Society Of Actuaries. If you're seeking a job in this field or want more actuary salary info, keep reading!

  • What Is the Salary for a Hotel Manager?

    Name: Daniel Edward Craig
    Job Title: General Manager, Opus Hotel Vancouver (& Acting General Manager, Opus Montreal)
    Where: Vancouver and Montreal
    Employer: Opus Hotels
    Years of Experience: 15
    Education: Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, University of British Columbia
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average Hotel General Manager Salary.

    What is the Salary for a Hotel Manager?

    What is the salary for a hotel manager? What are the primary duties of hotel managers? These questions and many more are answered in our interview with Hotel General Manager Daniel Craig. In this Salary Story, he told us all about being a hotel manager and the duties of hotel manager professionals.

    He also spoke about how to become a good hotel manager, factors that affect a hotel general manager salary, hotel general manager jobs and how to build a hotel manager career. Check in today for this interesting profile!

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