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  • If You Don't Enjoy Being Yelled at, Don't Work in These Industries [infographic]

    Seattle-based mobile advertising firm Marchex decided to rank the jobs that get yelled at the most over the phone. They found that folks working in tech could expect to get chewed out more than almost any other job.

  • 3 Tech Titles That Prove Tech Titles No Longer Have Any Meaning

    There's something about the disposition of people who start tech companies that makes them want to think up weird job titles -- even though a goofy nameplate can mean a confusing conversation for the title holder at his or her next job interview. But now, courtesy of the internet, we bring you three titles that prove, definitively, that tech job titles bear no resemblance to the job they supposedly describe.

  • Not a Techie? Here's Why You Should Learn to Code Anyway

    Computer Science Education Week is wrapping up this weekend, and if you're in a non-computer science field, but computer science, particularly learning to code, is becoming important to all of us, in every type of job.

  • President Obama to the American People: 'Learn to Code'

    In honor of Computer Science Education Week, President Barack Obama is asking everyone to learn code. The Hour of Code campaign, which kicks off the week, encourages newbies to pick up basic coding skills.

  • How to Get the Job When You're 'Too Old for IT'

    Blame TV shows featuring underage hackers or our post-Facebook culture for equating innovation with college kids who will drop out when they make their first million. Whatever the reason, it's a fact that many companies fill their IT jobs with folks who seem barely old enough to drive. But what if you're a slightly more experienced candidate?

  • Use Your Skills to Save the World: Year Up

    Year Up is an organization dedicated to closing gap between open opportunities at tech companies and urban young adults who have the desire, but not the skills and experience, to fill those roles.

  • 3 Hot Careers for Recent College Graduates

    Brand-new college grads are always nervous about starting their careers, but the post-recession economic landscape makes today's workplace an even scarier place. To help younger workers focus their career building efforts, UC San Diego Extension compiles an annual list of hot jobs for new grads.

  • 5 Holiday Jobs That Make Big Bucks

    Forget being Santa's elf or wrapping packages at your local department store. The best-paying seasonal jobs look a lot like what professionals do the rest of the year -- and pay similar rates.

  • 3 Unexpected Careers That Will Profit From Obamacare

    One of the major points of debate about the Affordable Care Act is whether it will lead to American workers losing their jobs. A recent poll showed that some small business owners have frozen hiring in anticipation of the now-delayed employer mandate, and the news is full of stories about retailers who cut employee hours down to 29.5 per week, to avoid benefit costs. So what's the good news?

  • 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.

  • 'The Internship' Laughs at the Highs and Lows of Being a Google Intern
    In "The Internship," Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play forty-something unemployed salesmen who are desperately seeking a mid-life change. Using their gift of gab, they talk their way into the Google Intern program even though they're twice the age of the rest of the group and they have no tech experience. (It's a comedy movie so you have to overlook the lack of logic.)
  • 4 Tips from Teen Moguls that the Rest of Us Could Learn From

    Gen Y is often unfairly characterized as a generation of lazy and spoiled young people who expect all things, including success, to be handed to them. However, as recently explored in PayScale’s Gen Y data, 15% of management positions are currently being filled by the Gen Y age group, with the average salary of $39,700 being earned. Additionally, Millennials have been inventing and becoming overnight millionaires almost regularly. Is it possible that we could learn more about business and success from this generation?

  • College Grads Want to Work at Microsoft, Not Facebook
    Contrary to popular belief, it looks like Facebook hasn’t yet taken over every aspect of young people’s lives -- especially their career paths. According to global employer research and advisory company, Universum USA, good old Microsoft wins over the younger, popular social network when it comes to where recent graduates want to work.
  • The 7 Worst States for Startup Entrepreneurs
    If you want to start a new business, you might want to think about relocating. A recent report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows that some states are better than others when it comes to starting up in the tech world. Does your state rank as one of the worst?
  • Blogging Jobs - Producer and Event Coordinator Job Description

    Name: Jason Schumaker
    Job Title: Producer/"Blog Dog"/Event Coordinator
    Current Employer: BetterPhoto.com
    Where: Seattle, WA
    Years of Experience: 5
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Worked as an editor and writer for a computer magazine.
    Education: University of South Carolina, Bachelor's in Journalism; Summit School of Guitar, Vancouver Island, Canada, trained as a guitar builder and repairman.
    Salary: Research salaries for event coordinator, web producer and blogging jobs.

    Blogging Jobs - Producer and Event Coordinator Job Description


    In this Salary Story, we hear from Jason Schumaker, a self-described "Jason of all trades." He explains what it's like to juggle multiple roles in his job at BetterPhoto.com. On any give day, you may find him working as event coordinator, editing video footage, or blogging on one of the company blogs. And that's just a small part of his producer job description. If you're interested in blogging jobs or other online writing positions, keep reading to get Jason's advice on how to produce compelling content. 

     

  • 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.
  • Outside Sales Representative Job Description
    Name: Jason M.
    Job Title: Co-owner & main sales rep – ilocalonline.com
    Where: Black Diamond, WA
    Current Employer: iLocal Marketing, Inc.
    Years of Experience: 11 Years
    Other Relevant Work Experience: Numerous Sales Jobs, Print Advertising, Internet Marketing, Telecommunications, Telemarketing, Outside Sales
    Education: Green River Community College, AA Degree; Washington State University
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find the median outside sales representative salary.

    Outside Sales Representative Salary and Job Description


    Outside sales representatives, also simply known as sales reps, are professionals who commonly travel to businesses or other organizations in order to sell their firm’s products or services. Maintaining contact with current customers and attracting new ones, professional sales reps make presentations to buyers and management or may demonstrate items to production supervisors. Salaries are typically at least partly based on performance as outside sales workers frequently receive commissions on their sales. Although many sales workers receive a base salary in addition to commission, some receive compensation based solely on sales revenue.

    In this Salary Story, Jason outlines an outside sales representative job description, explains how he got into the field, and discusses the top challenges he faces as small business owner. In addition to describing his sales rep position, Jason also explains how he became co-owner of a small Seattle Advertising Agency. Although outside sales representative jobs are typically lucrative, Jason’s decision to go into business for himself could be a particularly wise move, based on the typical salary of a small business owner. Keep reading to get an insider's look at owning an advertising and website development business.
  • Internet Marketing Jobs - Digital Support Specialist
    Job Title: Digital Support Specialist
    Years of Experience: 2 years
    Where: Lone Tree, CO
    Education: Associate of Arts in Business
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median Internet advertising salaries.

    Internet Marketing Jobs - Digital Support Specialist

    Internet marketing is still a relatively new field, but one that's growing quickly as both small businesses and large companies compete for online advertising space. Career opportunities related to Web advertising include important jobs that happen behind the scenes, including customer service roles and positions focusing on administrative tasks such as data entry. Internet jobs in marketing and advertising are thus available to a wide range of individuals with varying levels of experience.

    In this Salary Story, you'll get an insider's look at an Internet career in marketing and advertising. Find out what a digital support specialist does, how to get started in this type of work, and what it's like to do this job for a larger company. Perhaps most importantly, you'll hear about how a positive work environment and added benefits can make this job especially rewarding.


    PayScale: What is your digital support specialist job description?

    My job duties consist of updating listings and customer advertising profiles on the Internet. We also assist sales reps in getting issues that their customers are having resolved quickly. We also add listings to the system and other databases to create more profiles and listings on our site.

  • Jobs in New Zealand - IT & Communications Manager
    Name: Graham Philip
    Job Title: IT and Communications Manager
    Years of Experience: 5
    Employer: Parts And Services Ltd.
    Where: Taupo, New Zealand
    Education: Bachelor of Electronics, Aukland Technical Institute; Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching, Waiariki Technical Institute; Bachelor of Computing Systems, Waiariki Technical Institute
    Relevant Work Experience: TV & Electronics servicing, Sound Processing Systems Engineering at Dolby Labs in London
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median salaries for IT jobs in New Zealand.

    Jobs in New Zealand - IT & Communications Manager

    With its stunning landscape, warm weather and livable cities, there's no question that New Zealand is an appealing place to both live and work. It's not surprising, then, that many people are researching job vacancies in New Zealand. If you're looking for IT jobs, or just want to know more about jobs in New Zealand, check out the following interview with Graham Philip, an IT and communications manager in Taupo, New Zealand. He explains his IT manager job description, describes some career challenges and rewards, and shares advice for those pursuing IT jobs. Get an insider's look at IT jobs in New Zealand.

  • What is the Job Description of a Technical Writer?

    Name: Tricia Sullivan
    Job Title: Senior Tech Writer
    Where: St. Petersburg, FL
    Employer: Raymond James
    Years of Experience: 30
    Education: Downers Grove High School College of DuPage - Journalism
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find median technical writer salaries.

    Sr. Technical Writer Career

    Tricia Sullivan not only shatters the stereotype of boring technical writer jobs - she makes them sound interesting and fun. In fact, when you read the, “What is the job description of a technical writer” section, you may find out that you've been working as a technical writer all along, just not getting paid for it.

    In this Salary Story, Tricia explains the difference between technical writing and other forms of writing. You’ll get answers to questions like, “What are the different types of technical writing?” and “How do you find technical writer jobs?” Most importantly, she offers the inside scoop on dealing with clients and project proposals in technical writing. We hope you enjoy learning about this exciting career just as much as we did.

    What is the job description of a technical writer?

    I work with the business analyst and product managers in setting up user focus groups to better understand what the users need and want in terms of applications and documentation. Then, once a project is undertaken, I accompany the BA in the collection of requirements and visit with the users to understand how they do the job currently. Once the requirements for a project are collected and signed off on, I work with the business analyst to design and define the screens and reports. We work together to make sure the fields flow in the right sequence, that the field labels are clear and easily understood, and that any onscreen text or embedded help text is clear and concise. At each iteration of the screen design, we involve the subject matter expert, who represents the users, so that we can make sure that all of their needs and concerns are met. I then take the screen mock-ups and use cases and develop the documentation. This can be one document or many.