• 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?

  • What It's Really Like to Be a Female Programmer

    With men still dominating careers in technology, it can be difficult for their outnumbered women colleagues to make their voices heard. And here at PayScale, we know how important it is that businesses hire more women into high-tech roles. Due to this knowledge, we reached out to three brilliant female programmers from varying industries so that they could share their personal stories of what it’s really like to be a female working in a field that is overrun by men.

  • 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?
  • Top Paid Jobs Post-Military Service
  • Blogging Jobs - Producer and Event Coordinator Job Description

    Name: Jason Schumaker
    Job Title: Producer/"Blog Dog"/Event Coordinator
    Current Employer:
    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 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 –
    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.

  • Computer Systems Security: A Secure Field with Potential

    Where are your bank account numbers, home address, social security number, birth date, bank balances and other top secret information stored? Maybe in your desk drawer. But, these days, they are likely also somewhere out in cyber space being sought after by hungry hackers. Fortunately, a whole army of tech savvy computer security specialists are working to keep your information safe. And, they are getting paid well to do so. Would you like to join their ranks?

  • 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.

  • IT Careers - Database Administrator

    Name: Chris
    Job Title: Junior Database Administrator
    Where: Chicago, IL - USA
    Years of Experience: 1
    Other Relevant Experience: Worked at same company for five years, in other department.
    Education: I'm finishing up my Bachelor's in Computer Science and I have a Liberal Arts BA.
    Annual Salary: Curious about IT salaries? Use PayScale's Research Center to find a database administrator salary by employer and database administrator salary by experience.

    IT Careers - Database Administrator

    After the bursting of the "IT bubble" in the late nineties, people were asking, "how stable is an IT career?" But current data suggests that an escalating number of IT jobs are available for the picking. In fact, many of the best compensated IT jobs are with companies that have emerged from the dot-com crash as industry leaders. Just take a look at the company salary data for Yahoo and employee compensation data for Google.

    In this Salary Story, we'll take a look at one of the hottest IT jobs available: database administrator. Database administrator careers are forecasted to be one of the fastest growing careers in the next decade. In the following interview, Chris, a junior database administrator, shares how he landed an entry-level IT job and offers advice on how to break into the field.

  • Web Designer Salary - Consultant

    Name: Wayne
    Job Title: Web Designer/Consultant
    Where: Vancouver, BC - Canada
    Current Employers: Goldrea  Resources Inc. Molycor Gold Corp., Rocher Deboule Minerals Corp., Adanac  Molybdenum Corp.
    Years of Experience: 5
    Education: Computer programming degree, multimedia design certificate, and master's degree.
    Other Relevant Experience: 15 years data processing.
    Annual Salary: What is the yearly salary for a web designer? See PayScale's Research Center for the starting salary for a web designer and to research more web designer career opportunities.

    Web Designer Salary - Consultant

    At one moment or another, everyone has dreamed of becoming their own boss. While it is certainly possible, some professions are more suitable than others when it comes to working from home.  If you're a police officer, chances are you won't be setting up shop from a home office any time soon. However, if you're involved in creative design or consulting, becoming your own boss may be more feasible.

    This salary story tells the career biography of a web site designer who provides web consultancy services to multiple businesses. As his own boss, Wayne only has one complaint - he has to boss himself around. But it's not all that bad considering that he not only sets his own hours, but also earns a decent web designer salary.

  • A Writer's Salary: Technical Writing Careers

    Name: Anonymous
    Job Title: Technical Writer, Information Architect
    Where: Syracuse, NY
    Years of Experience: 10+
    Other Relevant Experience: Program Director, AMI-NYS; Communications Coordinator, Rural Housing Coalition; Multimedia Designer, RPI; Technical Support, Berkshire Online; Volunteer work: designing, writing, laying out newsletters, brochures, and web pages; Organizing and managing information for distribution to external sources
    Education: BA in English, Chapman Univ.; BA in Psychology, Chapman University; MS in Communication and Rhetoric, RPI; Graphics certificate, RPI; Human Factors training, RPI; Training courses in Java, DB design and management
    Annual Salary: Use PayScale's Research Center to find the best technical writing fields for high technical writing salaries

    In the current job market, those interested in professional writing have a wide range of career options to explore. Writing continues to become a more and more specialized trade, in correlation with rapid technological advances and the increased demands of varying industries. Not only does this advancement mean more jobs for writers, but increased specialization can also mean higher salaries. If you're searching for the highest paying writer's salary, technical writing careers are a good place to start. 

    Our tour guide for this Salary Story is a professional technical writer with over 10 years of experience in the field. You'll get a detailed, first-hand explanation of technical writing as our guide describes several examples of technical writing assignments. After reading this inside look at a technical writing career, find out how technical writing salaries compare to the salary range for grant writer jobs and copy writer salaries.

  • IT Business Analyst Career Summary

    Name: Connie Wirtanen
    Job Title: IT Business Analyst
    Where: St. Paul, MN
    Employer: US Bank
    Years of Experience: 16
    Education: Cardinal Stritch University, Minnesota State - Mankato
    Relevant Work Experience: Business Analyst, Functional Analyst, Software Support, Accounting Manager, Accountant
    Annual Salary: Use PayScale's Resource Center to find the median salary of business analyst, to review IT salary survey data, and to find salaries for accounting/auditing careers

    Have you ever been referred to as a god at work? IT Business Analyst Connie Wirtananen has. While this is probably an exaggeration, it does convey the impact an IT Business Analyst can have in creating overall business efficiency. Similar to an auditing career or accounting job, an IT Business Analyst closely examines company details. But rather than looking for financial faux pas, an IT Business Analyst investigates problems that occur within business systems. Once these problem areas have been identified, a Business Analyst recommends IT solutions to help the company achieve its goals.

    The following business analyst career summary is only one example of many job options available to those interested in information technology. Check out IT salaries by industry to explore IT salaries within business or health care fields. Also, if you're wondering how international IT positions compare, check out PayScale's India IT salary report.

    IT Business Analyst Job Description:
    Connie: I serve as am expert for assigned functional applications, support development of business impact analysis categories and perform ongoing IT maintenance. I provide project and release support, including research, business analysis, test plan construction, test case construction, test execution, issue resolution and status reporting related to application changes. I also interface with internal and external resources to ensure successful completion of testing in accordance with the needs of project sponsors and stakeholders.

    PayScale: How did you get started as an IT Business Analyst?
    Connie: A friend thought I should leave the accounting world and join the IT world. It was the best career move I ever made. Being an IT Business Analyst, I get to apply my interest in technology to create visible results within my company.

  • Document Management Administrator - Premera Blue Cross

    Name: Tami Bevan
    Job Title: Document Management Administrator
    Where: Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Employer: Premera Blue Cross
    Years of Experience: 16
    Education: BS in Visual Communications from Western Washington University, Certified Forms Consultant certification from DMIA (Document Management Industries Association), Certified Form Systems Consultant certification from BFMA (Business Forms Management Association), and ongoing training through BFMA's annual symposium, web seminars, and chapter programs.
    Annual Salary: Use PayScale's Resource Center to research salary information for the Document Management industry, and find related career information, including Medical Coder salary and Information Technology Specialist salary.

    Do you have a knack for organization? Are you constantly looking to improve efficiency in business processes and information storage? If so, check out our interview with Tami Bevan, a Document Administrator for Premera Blue Cross. Tami's job is to help maintain Premera's vast network of information using specialized methods of document management. Simplifying the retrieval of information from such a huge library is no easy task, but if you're looking for a challenging job that plays a key role in business operations, don't miss Tami's advice on how to enter the forms management field. To find out more, see PayScale's salary data for the Document Management industry.

    Document Administrator Job Description:
    Tami: Document Administration is the Premera department that maintains information on all forms, sales collateral, business papers (letterheads, envelopes, and mailing labels) and communications for the company. Document Administration involves managing the life cycle of documents. The Document Administration department centrally manages print procurement, but we track and report on printed and posted documents for the company as well.

    PayScale: How did you get started in Document Management?
    Tami: I grew up with parents in the printing industry who pushed me towards my college degree. After college I got involved with the BFMA (Business Forms Management Association) that taught me about the disciplines of document management, also known as forms management.

  • Technology Coordinator Salary

    Name: Marcie T. Hull
    Job Title: Technology Coordinator
    Where: Philadelphia, PA
    Employer: Science Leadership Academy (School District of Philadelphia)
    Years of Experience: 7
    Education: Temple University's Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA
    Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the median technology coordinator salary.

    Technology Coordinator Salary

    For readers who are interested in a technology coordinator salary and want to learn about a technology coordinator job description, this Salary Story is the place to log on! We spoke to school technology coordinator Marcie T. Hull who told us about information technology coordinator positions and more.

    She covered information technology coordinator duties, the outlook for technology coordinator jobs and different technology coordinator job descriptions (Marcie is also a teacher). Whether you want to make a change in your career or add some skills (and salary) to your present job, this interview is a must-click!

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