• Why Does the Gender Wage Gap Persist? [video]
    Recently, Pew Research Center released a short video to explain the findings from its gender wage gap study. The bottom line: although the gender wage gap has narrowed over time, it still exists. We'll take a look at how the wage gap affects the millions of hardworking women around the world who are required to work twice as hard to be considered half as good as their male co-workers.
  • Can't Find a Job? Here's How to Stay Motivated
    It's never fun to find yourself unemployed, whether you were fired or had to quit for reasons entirely your own. In today's economy, it's slightly easier to find a job than in years prior, but it's not uncommon to be between jobs for months while you find the right company – one that pays well, is close to home, and offers the benefits you deserve.
  • The 5 Least Recommended Jobs, According to PayScale Users
    Some people are eager to recommend their job to others. They can talk for hours about the excitement and fulfillment their work brings to their lives, and they often go on and on about how much they enjoy what they do. While others – well, not so much….
  • #PayChat: Land Your Dream Job!
    Do you dread going to your day job? Does it feel like time is moving backwards? A recent Gallup report titled The State of the American Workplace found that "70% of US workers are not engaged at work." This is an alarming rate of disengaged employees.
  • The 5 Best Employers in the US
    What makes an employer good? A combination of job satisfaction, low job stress, flexible work options, and high job meaning – and let's not forget pay, both today and over time. Using PayScale data, Business Insider recently ranked Fortune 500 companies to see which employers stand out among the elite, from the perspective of their employees.
  • Padding Your Resume? 3 Reasons Why You Should Stop
    Are you searching for that dream job, but aren't sure if you're qualified for a step up in your career? If you don't quite yet have all the skills a recruiter is looking for, you might be tempted to think about embellishing your resume or adding a few skills you don't actually have to your LinkedIn profile.
  • The 5 Most Recommended Jobs, According to PayScale Users
    Here at PayScale, we love data. But, much more than that, we love sharing meaningful, valuable data with our readers. We're always trying to find information that helps folks make the best decisions about their careers and professional lives. As part of PayScale's recent data package, Best Jobs for You, we looked at the jobs most recommended by people who took PayScale's Salary Survey. If you're looking for a career change, this is the place to start.
  • Who Are the Shrinking Middle Class?
    The PEW Charitable Trusts defines middle class households as "those making between 67 percent and 200 percent of the state's median income." There is a lot riding on that definition, however. If the state's median income is low and the cost of living is high, many families who fit the definition of "middle class" may not have access to things we often associate with being middle class, including education, owning a home, or even just a savings account. The bad news is that, by various measurements, the middle class in every state is shrinking.
  • 7 Reasons You Must Take a Vacation, Even If You 'Can't'
    Many people find it difficult, if not impossible, to take the vacation time that is coming to them and get away from the office for a while. There are always a million reasons why "taking a vacation is impossible right now." Work is too busy, you have a presentation/meeting/client on the horizon that you can't miss, etc. Some folks even proudly proclaim, "Oh, I never use my vacation time," as if that's a good thing. But, in a lot of ways, it's not. Maybe this list of reasons that you simply must take a vacation, even though you "really can't right now" will help to convince you.
  • Love to Travel? Here Are 5 Jobs Perfect for You
    Do you dream of working while traveling the world? If you can't fathom planting your roots in a single city, you might think of yourself as a "digital nomad" instead – spending a few weeks or a few months in a different city, staying with friends or in an Airbnb rental while working at the same time.
  • Interactive Map: What's the Most Common Uncommon Job in Your State?
    The most popular jobs in a given geographic area are usually pretty unsurprising, including titles like cashier, waitstaff, and customer service representative. It's not that there's anything wrong with these jobs; it's just that their very commonness means that you're used to hearing about them. But, what about the unusual jobs that are more common in one place than another – the helicopter pilots and professional gardeners and amusement park attendants? Those are the gigs PayScale looked at in a section of its latest data package on the best jobs for you. If you want a job that's common where you live, but uncommon anywhere else, start with this map.
  • Why a Disproportionate Number of CEOs Are Psychopaths
    Journalist Jon Ronson's book The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry sheds some new light on psychopaths and the mental health industry that surrounds them. During his research, Ronson learned that the about 4 percent of CEOs are psychopaths, which is nearly four times the rate in the general population. In fact, CEOs are more likely to exhibit psychopathic traits than folks with any other job title. The question is, why?
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Help! My Company Wants Me to Work During FMLA Leave
    Most workers have probably heard of FMLA, but how many really understand what it means, in terms of rights and limitations? Worse, a lot of employers don't know where the line is. In this week's roundup, Alison Green advises an Ask a Manager reader on what he can expect from FMLA. Plus, we learn why high school students should learn how to use social media, and how job hopping can be good (or very bad) for your career.
  • These States Have the Most (and Least) Engaged Employees
    If you hate your job, the best part of waking up is … hitting the snooze button and going back to sleep. We'll take a look at a recent study that ranked the nation's states based on level of employee engagement at work. Read on to see where your home turf ranks – you may be surprised as to which states are lowest on the list.
  • 3 Ways to Use Fear to Fuel Your Career
    Fear can make you want to run and hide. It can hold you back and prevent you from taking risks, because you're too scared of something negative happening in return. Fear can be a beast that ruins your life and crushes your potential, but it doesn't have to be. Here's how you can use fear to propel you, rather than stifle you.
  • FMLA: What You Need to Know
    The main purpose of FMLA or the Family and Medical Leave Act is to help employees balance work and personal/familial needs. By way of the FMLA, you can take up to 12 weeks leave in any 12-month period for personal or an immediate family member's medical exigencies, expansion of family, or for matters arising out of a family member's call for military duty. If you're thinking about taking FMLA, there are things you need to know in order to make sure you get the coverage you're entitled to.
  • This Is Why Procrastination Works for You
    Some people don't procrastinate. It's shocking, but true. These calm, level-headed folks function on a rotating pattern of accomplishment and relaxation. A balance is achieved, stress is kept at bay, and stuff gets done. However, everyone is different. Not everyone can achieve, function, and thrive, when things flow in such an orderly and relaxed way. Some of us need chaos to do our best work. So, we procrastinate.
  • 5 Signs to Confirm That Your Bad Boss Is, Indeed, Terrible
    Research shows that 65 percent of managers are "checked-out" at work, which means that there's a 65 percent chance that your boss is not so great. If you're unsure as to whether your direct manager is part of the misery-inducing majority, then here are a few surefire ways to tell. You're welcome and good luck.
  • Good News for College Grads: More Real Jobs
    Wondering about whether to go back to school to finish (or start) your bachelor's degree? You might not have to worry quite as much about whether you'll have a job after graduation, at least compared to grads from the past few years. The latest research shows that full-time, permanent jobs for college graduates are on the rise.
  • PayScale's Best Jobs: This Quiz Will Tell You Which Job Is Right for You
    Ask any career counselor: working in the wrong field is like trying to write with your less-dominant hand. Maybe you can struggle along, but you're never going to excel – and worst of all, it's uncomfortable. That's why the goal when picking a career isn't to choose the highest-paying job or even the job with the best occupational outlook. To really do well in your chosen field, you need to pick a job that fits your personality, skills, aptitudes, and interests. PayScale's latest data package helps you determine just that, starting with an interactive quiz that helps you figure out which job is the best job for you.

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