• Who Makes More - Blue Collar Jobs versus White Collar Jobs
  • Nursing Careers: Become a Registered Nurse
    Name: Michele
    Job Title: Registered Nurse / Nursing Coordinator
    Where: Ellisville, MO
    Years of Experience: 5 years as Nursing Coordinator, 20 years as Registered Nurse
    Other Relevant Experience: Various CNA, Rehabilitation, and RN positions, including Hospital, Rehab, Home Health Aide, Hospice and Home Care, Charge Nurse, Evening Supervisor, Staff Development Coordinator, and Nurse Assessor for LTC Policies.
    Annual Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median nursing salary data.

    Nursing careers are appealing for many reasons. One positive aspect of nursing careers is the opportunity to serve others through medical treatment and rehabilitation. Nursing careers also boast a glowing job outlook that has consistently risen along with increasing demand for registered nurses. Plus, nursing careers offer a wide range of employment options within various sectors of the health care field. When you become a registered nurse, you open the door to a variety of nursing career paths, including forensic nursing careers, traveling nurse careers, and nurse coordinator careers.

    For the following Salary Story, we take a brief look at the career path of Michele, a registered nurse with 20 years of experience in the health care field. Interested in medicine and health care from a young age, Michele originally built up her knowledge and expertise as a registered nurse before moving to her current position as a nursing coordinator. She now teaches classes and provides management to nursing staff. Learn what an upper-level nursing career is like, and use PayScale’s research center to explore registered nurse salaries and get information on becoming a nurse.

  • Exercise Physiologist Salaries and Careers

    Name: Sharleen Jones
    Job Title: Exercise Physiologist/Wellness Consultant
    Where: Moose Jaw, Canada
    Employer: Self-Employed
    Years of Experience: 10
    Education: University of Regina, Bachelor of Physical Activity Studies; Certified Personal Trainer; Professional Fitness and Lifestyle Consultant; Certified Exercise Physiologist.
    Annual Salary: See PayScale's Research Center to find the average salary of a personal trainer and exercise physiologist salaries.

    As more and more people look to "tone-up," fitness gurus are "tuning-in" to learn how to become a personal trainer, get certified as an exercise physiologist, or pursue other careers related to health and fitness. The fitness industry is a booming, multi-billion dollar industry. This means a positive outlook for the job growth rate of an exercise physiologist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fitness workers can expect a 27 percent growth in employment opportunities over the next 10 years. And while one career choice is to work at a club like 24 Hour Fitness, a wide range of career options exist outside of the corporate fitness world. Sharleen Jones is a certified personal trainer who is actually her own boss. Read on for her inside scoop on how to become a personal trainer, and check out PayScale's exercise physiologist and personal trainer salary data for more information on the average salary of a personal trainer and salary for exercise physiologist

  • Behind the Walls with an Occupational Therapist

    Name: Dave King
    Job Title: Job Development Specialist - Occupational Therapist
    Where: Wichita, Kansas
    Employer: Kansas State Department of Corrections, Sedgwick County Re-Entry Program
    Education: Offender Workforce Development Specialist training program from the National Institute of Corrections, and a B. S. in Human Services/Psychology from Friends University.
    Annual Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the median Job Development Specialist salary, Occupational Therapist salary, and related career info on Correctional Officers' salaries and Recruiter income.

    What's it like to work in a prison? For some people, just the thought of working in a prison would make them nervous. But for Job Development Specialist Dave King, life behind the walls is simply another day at work. As a Job Development Specialist trained in offender workforce development, King trains and prepares inmates for a life and career once they exit the prison gates. If you're up for a challenge, and enjoy psychology, read on. Also, find out more about an Occupational Therapist's salary and the roles of Correctional Officers to see if this is the right career for you.

    Job Development Specialist Duties:
    Plan, facilitate and teach job skills to maximum-security inmates inside a correctional facility. Assist with the release planning of inmates through a re-entry program that assures success in living and working in a community after being incarcerated. Also, teach classes on money management, release and reintegration, and intensive employment classes.

    PayScale: How did you get started as a Job Development Specialist?
    Dave: I have been an employment specialist since 1989 and began working with the disabled. I then taught a program/class called “Welfare to Work” for 16 years. I now use those same skills to teach inside a prison environment. Many of those skills can be transfered from one type of group to another. However, each group or person has their own unique set of issues to deal with to find success.

  • Clinical Dietitian Salaries

    Name: Hope Gardner
    Job Title: Clinical Dietitian, previously a Dietary Aide
    Where: Columbia, South Carolina
    Employer: Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital
    Education: Master's of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from LA TECH University
    Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Annual Salary: $45,000 (To see Clinical Dietitian salaries by years of experience, visit the PayScale Research Center. Also find information on other medical jobs, including Medical Laboratory Technician salaries).

    Hope Gardner has found her perfect career fit, combining a love of food and a passion for helping people.  Beginning her career as a Dietary Aide, Hope is now a Clinical Dietitian, rehabilitating patients through dietary counseling. Here, Hope shares what she loves most about her job, and outlines a possible career path for anyone considering a job as a Dietary Aide or Clinical Dietitian.

    Clinical Dietitian Job Description and Duties of a Dietitian:
    Complete nutritional assessments of patients to determine if they are at risk of being malnourished, counsel patients on diets, importance of nutrition, also work with registered nurses (RNs), and physical and occupational therapists for the best possible rehab potential for a patient.

    PayScale: How did you get started as a Clinical Dietitian?
    Hope: "I love food and wanted to help people and didn't want to be a chef (late nights) or a nurse (hate needles). I'm perfectly right in the middle of both of these!"

  • Medical Careers: Family Physician Salaries

    Name: Margie C. Sweeney, M.D.
    Job Title: Family Physician
    Where: Louisville, KY
    Employer: Central State Hospital
    Years of Experience: 24
    Education: M.D. degree from Indiana University School of Medicine
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for medical career salaries, including average physician salaries.

    Medical Careers: Family Physician Salaries

    What career involves helping people of all different ages and backgrounds while earning a six digit salary? If you guessed family physician, you're right. We interviewed Dr. Margie C. Sweeney to find out what it takes to make it through med school and begin a successful career as a family doctor. If you've ever wanted to know how to become a physician, then this Salary Story is just what the doctor ordered.

    Dr. Sweeney describes the outlook for family physician jobs, factors that can affect physician salaries after residency, as well as the many career options available to family physicians. She also explains why her family physician career is so rewarding. For those interested in average physician salaries and careers in the medical field, this interview is the right medicine!

  • Starting Salary for Physical Therapy Assistants

    Name: Steve Brown
    Job Title: Physical Therapy Assistant
    Where: Caldwell, ID
    Employer: Peoplefirst Rehabilitation
    Years of Experience: 10
    Education: A.A.S. (Associate of Applied Science) From Idaho State University
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median salary of physical therapy assistant professionals.

    Starting Salary for Physical Therapy Assistants

    What is the yearly salary for a physical therapy assistant? If you've pondered this question and what physical therapy assistant work settings are really like, then you don't want to miss this Salary Story with physical therapy assistant Steve Brown.

    He walked us through the factors that can affect a physical therapist assistant hourly wage, the training for physical therapy assistants and how to find jobs in physical therapy assistant fields. If you're interested in this growing career and the pay scale for physical therapy assistants, this interview will guide you through the steps.

  • Dental Assistant Salaries and Career Options

    Name: Melissa McKaig
    Job Title: Dental Assistant
    Where: Glendale, AZ
    Employer: Westside Endodontic Professionals
    Years of Experience: 4
    Education: Associate Degree, The Bryman School in Phoenix
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median dental assistant salaries.

    Dental Assistant Salaries and Career Options

    For those interested in dental assistant salaries and career options, this Salary Story provides a perfect introduction. In this interview, Melissa McKaig explains the difference between dental assistant and dental hygienist positions, and gives helpful info on the outlook for dental assistant jobs.

    Melissa also discusses dental assistant salaries, certifications for dental assistants, requirements for dental assistant jobs, and how to become a dental assistant. If you're wondering how to earn the best dental assistant salaries and develop a successful career, open wide and keep reading!

  • Salary of Surgical Technologist

    Name: Patricia Eder, CST/SA/CTBS
    Job Title: Surgical Technologist/Surgical Assistant
    Where: Kenosha, WI
    Employer: Aurora Health Care
    Years of Experience: 34
    Education: Associate Degree +
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median surgical technology salaries.

    Salary of Surgical Technologist

    How much do surgical technologists make? In this Salary Story, surgical technologist Patricia Eder told us about her life as a surgical technologist, how education can affect the salary of surgical technologist professionals and the impact of HMOs on surgical technologist job listings.

    When she's not performing the duties of surgical technologist pros, Patricia is busy keeping the world clean with her natural soaps at Patti's Potions. For readers interested in salaries for surgical technologists, or who want info on becoming a surgical technologist, this interview is the right procedure.

  • CRNA Income - Nurse Anesthetist Salary and Career Information

    Name: Terry Freemark
    Job Title: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
    Where: Southeastern Pennsylvania
    Employer: Hospital
    Years of Experience: 10+
    Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median Nurse Anesthetist Salary.

    Nurse Anesthetist Salary and Career Information

    If you asked most people, they probably wouldn't be able to give you a nurse anesthetist job description. In this Salary Story, nurse anesthetist Terry Freemark solves the mystery. He describes his nurse anesthetist career and sheds light on nurse anesthetist study programs, the typical nurse anesthetist work schedule and factors that can affect the average nurse anesthetist salary.

    If you're looking for a challenging profession in a medical field, a nurse anesthetist career may be the perfect choice. As you will soon read, preparing for a nurse anesthetist career requires intensive study and training, but the outcome is a rewarding nursing position that plays a critical role in health care.

  • Physician Assistant Salaries - Physician Assistant Career Outlook

    Name: Teresa Holler
    Job Title: Physician Assistant
    Where: Roanoke, Virginia
    Employer: Self-Employed
    Years of Experience: 12
    Education: Siena College, BA in biology; Touro College, BA physicians assistant program; Alderson-Broaddus, MA in medicine
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median physician assistant salaries.

    Physician Assistant Salaries: Physician Assistant Career Outlook

    For readers who don't want to endure years and years of medical school, but still want to work in medicine, this interview with physician assistant Teresa Holler may be the right prescription. She gave us an overview of different physician assistant jobs and described the typical physician assistant education.

    This interview also covers cardiology physician assistant jobs, the outlook for a physician assistant career today, and how to find physician assistant jobs. Teresa also explained what factors can affect physician assistant salaries. For those interested in physician assistant jobs or a medical career, keep reading!

  • What It Takes to Become a Chiropractor

    Name: Steven Shoshany D.C, C.C.E.P.
    Job Title: Chiropractor
    Where: Manhattan, NY
    Employer: Self-Employed
    Years of Experience: 11 months
    Education: Undergraduate CUNY NY, Post graduate Life, Chiropractic Atlanta Ga. Doctor of Chiropractic
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median chiropractor salary.

    What it Takes to Become a Chiropractor

    If you've ever wondered about the average chiropractor salary or what it takes to become a chiropractor, then don't miss this interview with Steven Shoshany.  This Manhattan chiropractor gave us a rare peek into chiropractic school, chiropractor jobs, factors that affect a chiropractor salary and how to become a chiropractor.

    If you're interested in becoming a chiropractor, curious about the typical chiropractor salary or want to know what questions to ask a chiropractor, this Salary Story should bring your career goals into alignment!

  • Emergency Medical Technician Careers: Salary of Paramedic

    Name: Steve Baskin
    Job Title: Critical Care Paramedic/ER Tech
    Where: South Louisiana
    Employer: Rural Hospital ER
    Years of Experience: 14
    Education: Associate Degree (Louisiana Technical College, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana State University at Eunice)
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the average salary of a paramedic.

    Emergency Medical Technician Careers: Salary of Paramedic

    What is it like to work as an EMT? According to Steve Baskin, an experienced critical care paramedic, the job is often very different from what people imagine. In this Salary Story, he explains what paramedic jobs are really like, offers advice on entering the field, and explains some of the factors that can affect a paramedic salary.

  • Hospitalist Salary: Hospitalist Job Openings

    Name: Frank L. Urbano, MD, FACP
    Job Title: Hospitalist
    Where: Mount Holly, New Jersey
    Employer: SAI Inpatient Resources, Virtua-Memorial Hospital of Burlington County
    Years of Experience: 9 years in practice
    Education: BS, Rutgers University; MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; internship and residency, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

    Hospitalist Salary: Hospitalist Job Openings

    Many people who have seen hospitalist job openings may not know what a hospitalist position is, or have any idea about the average hospitalist salary. In this interview, we spoke to hospitalist Dr. Frank L. Urbano who gave us a detailed diagnosis on hospitalist employment, steps in pursuing a hospitalist career and the responsiblities of a hospitalist job.

    He also told us about the factors that may affect hospitalist salaries, how hospitalist physician jobs compare to other physician careers and the outlook on hospitalist opportunities. If you want to learn more about the requirements for establishing a hospitalist career, the typical hospitalist salary and what to expect from hospitalist jobs, this Salary Story is just what the doctor ordered!

  • Know the Salary for Respiratory Therapists

    Name: Glenna Muse
    Job Title: Respiratory Therapist
    Where: Springfield, Missouri
    Employer: Cox South Hospital, CoxHealth Systems
    Years of Experience: 2
    Education: Associate's Degree, Ozarks Technical Community College
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average respiratory therapist salary.

    Know the Salary for Respiratory Therapists

    Do you know the salary for respiratory therapists? Or the training required for a respiratory therapist career? If not, don't miss this interview with one of the many respiratory therapist workers in America. In our conversation with Glenna Muse, she talked about her respiratory therapist career path, various aspects of respiratory therapist jobs, hourly wage influences, the occupational outlook for respiratory therapists and more!

    Respiratory therapists work in a variety of settings with diverse patients. Glenna described her range of responsibilities as a respiratory therapist and discussed how respiratory therapist salaries are influenced by work setting. She explained that there are many factors that may affect a respiratory therapist's salary, including the difference between working as a certified respiratory therapist vs. a registered therapist.

    Glenna took a unique path toward starting her respiratory therapist career. If you're contemplating a second career or just want to know more about a the average respiratory therapist salary, then take a deep breath and enjoy this inspiring Salary Story!

  • Phlebotomy Salaries and Career Outlook

    Name: Angela Swicegood
    Job Title: Phlebotomist
    Where: Bentonville, Arkansas
    Employer: Private Clinic
    Years of Experience: 1
    Education: GED, Phlebotomy School, CPT (Certified Phlebotomy Technician)
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median phlebotomy salaries.

    Phlebotomy Salaries and Career Outlook

    We recently needled Angela about her phlebotomist career, work tasks of a phlebotomist, training required to become a phlebotomist and factors that affect phlebotomy salaries.

    Nobody likes to have their blood drawn, but Angela has some great tips for how to help patients feel more comfortable. She also gives advice on the importance of developing skills and experience for improving your phlebotomist career outlook. For readers interested in what it's like to be a phlebotomist, the average pay for phlebotomists, different phlebotomist career options, or the outlook for phlebotomist careers, this interview is required reading!

  • High Salary Careers: Anesthesiologist Career Information

    Name: Dianna Keneally
    Job Title: Anesthesiologist
    Where: Maine
    Employer: Private Hospital (formerly self-employed)
    Years of Experience: 21
    Education: B.Sc. in Chemistry, M.D., Anesthesiology Residency
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for median anesthesiology salaries.

    High Salary Careers: Anesthesiologist Career Information

    For folks who have ever asked "What is the job outlook for an anesthesiologist?" or wondered about anesthesiology salaries, this career interview won't put you under. We recently spoke to Dianna Keneally, an experienced anesthesiologist, who shed some light on this high salary career.

    This interview covers the job description of an anesthesiologist, factors that affect anesthesiology salaries, and how to become an anesthesiologist - including what education is needed to become an anesthesiologist. The path to becoming an anesthesiologist requires intensive training. The job also comes with great responsibility, which is reflected in high anesthesiology salaries, even for those just starting out. If you're looking for anesthesiology career information, this Salary Story will painlessly lead you in the right direction.

  • Are PayScale Surgeon Salaries Off?

    Chris, a reader, commented on the surgeon vs. football player salaries post, "Many of the average/base salaries for physicians/surgeons posted in this article are off by hundreds of thousands of dollars."

    I am confident that the data points that make up our averages correspond to the actual salaries received by individual surgeons. In fact, even our broad average salaries compare well with other broad averages, like the Bureau of Labor Statistics survey of all surgeon salaries by metropolitan area, when we select and group surgeons and geography in the same way.

    Assuming Chris means his experience with surgeons' pay is very different from what we report, why are PayScale average surgeon salaries so "off"?

    It comes down to which surgeons go into our averages, vs. the people Chris knows. In this post, I will look at what goes into "average" (median) surgeon salaries, why surgeon salaries vary so much, and why even a median may not really "typical."

    Is your pay off by $100,000's? Use the PayScale salary survey to find out.

  • Occupational Therapy Careers

    Name: Cheryl Hall
    Job Title: Occupational Therapist
    Where: Baltimore, MD
    Employer: Independent Contractor in Home Health
    Years of Experience: 23
    Education: B.S. Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University, California (now you need a master’s or doctorate degree to become an Occupational Therapist)
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average Occupational Therapist salary.

    Occupational Therapy Careers

    For those wondering about Occupational therapy careers, an Occupational Therapist salary, or the educational requirements of an Occupational Therapist, this Salary Story has all the right moves. Occupational Therapist Cheryl Hall told us about her own Occupational Therapy career (also mentioned on her blog, ot4function.com), the responsibilities of an Occupational Therapist, and factors that may affect an Occupational Therapist salary.

    She also described the training needed to become an Occupational Therapist, the outlook for Occupational Therapist job openings, and continuing education courses for Occupational Therapist professionals. If you're interested in Occupational Therapy careers, or want to know more about an Occupational Therapist's salary, this story is a must-read!

  • LPN Salary: Duties of a LPN

    Name: Linda J. Meikle
    Job Title: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
    Where: Columbus, Ohio
    Employer: K-Force Professional Staffing and Maxim HealthCare
    Years of Experience: Graduated LPN School in 1971. 36 years.
    Education: GED and LPN School and coursework for RN at various colleges.
    LPN Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for up-to-date information on LPN salary.

    LPN Salary: Duties of a LPN

    In a previous Salary Story, we learned about the job outlook on registered nurse careers. In this interview, we spoke to Licensed Practical Nurse Linda J. Meikle about factors that affect a LPN salary, duties of a LPN (mentioned at her blog: dustyangels.blogspot.com), her job in LPN nursing home care, the requirements for Licensed Practical Nurse candidates and advice for becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse; this Salary Story covers the vitals and more!

    In addition to her knowledge of the salary of Licensed Practical Nurse professionals, the duties of a LPN, and the average income of a Licensed Practical Nurse, Linda has written a memoir, Dusty Angels and Old Diaries. This is her life story depicted from diaries that she kept most of her life. She says it is a book for women (and nurses!) who want to be strong. And keep reading this Salary Story as she describes the duties of a LPN, a LPN salary and more!

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