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  • For the College-Bound, Are There Any Safe Bets? PayScale Joins The Debate

    There was a time when a college degree was a quick route to a long, stable career. Nowadays deciding what to study in college can become the difference between success and a lifetime as an over-educated barista. has long been a great resource to help students decide what to study and where to attend college – our College Salary Report, College Selector Tool and College ROI Report summarize what millions of people report earning, where they went to school, what they studied and what they did with their degrees. The New York Times recently invited PayScale’s Lead Economist, Katie Bardaro, to summarize our findings and help answer the question “Which majors and careers have a reliable “return on investment”?”.

  • The 5 Happiest, Healthiest Jobs in America

    If you want to feel good, both physically and mentally, you're better off being a doctor or a teacher than a transportation worker, according to a recent Gallup poll.

    The survey measured American's physical, emotional, and financial well-being by examining factors such as exercise, produce consumption, obesity, smoking, view of their workplace, and relationship to management.

  • Coursera Offers ACE Credits for 'Signature Track' Online Courses

    Sites like Coursera and the Khan Academy are revolutionizing online education, but a common criticism of these tools is that they often don't translate into real-life course credits. Coursera's brand-new Signature Track aims to change that.

  • Does Grad School Pay Off? [infographic]

    It's a no brainer that having a bachelor's degree in today's market is essential for becoming a successful professional. However, there are many graduates who want to stand out and are wondering if seeking higher education is the answer. Does grad school pay off? This infographic explores the statistics.

  • 3 Reasons to Skip Graduate School

    There are plenty of reasons to go to grad school. For some careers, advanced degrees and the credentials that go with them are the price of entry. Other jobs rely on connections that are best made in academia. But a graduate degree isn't a panacea. Just ask Ron Rosenbaum, who left Yale to become a writer, first at local weeklies and then, eventually, at Esquire.

  • Who Will Win the College Salary Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl?

    How are you planning on spending January 1st? Maybe you'll eat piles of those delicious foods that you promise never to eat again (at least for the rest of the year). Or maybe you'll while away the first day of the new year with some football. After all, the first day of 2013 marks the beginning of the college bowl season.

    But what if the victor was chosen based on salary potential, rather than touchdowns? Who would win the first two contests, the Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl?

  • Is it Time to Go Back to School? [infographic]

    The economic uncertainty over the past several years has caused many jobseekers to consider going back to school. This infographic examines some of the statistics around higher education to help you weigh your decision.

  • The Rise of the MOOCs [infographic]

    With a four-year college degree costing nearly six figures, it's easy to understand why more and more people are turning to online courses to further their education. MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, are giving students the opportunity to earn a degree without putting themselves in major debt.

  • Best College Ever Offers Puppy Room to Stressed out Students

    Students at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada can now defeat those exam blues by hanging out in a room full of puppies.

    "It fills a niche that people need right now because students are super stressed," said Michael Kean, one of the genius students behind the idea. The dogs are provided by Therapeutic Paws of Canada, which is a non-profit organization that regularly visits hospitals and schools, but sadly, not our house.

  • Sperm Donors and Sugar Daddies: The New College Fund

    When I was in college, it wasn't uncommon to find me looking for clever ways to earn a quick buck. Many of my friends suggested plasma donation, which could have made me up to $200 richer, but I was too prissy for such things. This generation of college students might not be so squeamish. When it comes to paying for college, it could be that today's economy is forcing students and parents to get creative -- and a bit personal. 

  • When Should You Take Advice From a College Dropout? When It's Bill Gates

    On the surface, it might seem kind of strange to ask a college dropout for his advice on how to reform our educational system. But when that college dropout is Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and philanthropist, well, maybe we want to bend an ear.

  • 5 Majors That Pay the Least: A Fairy Tale

    Once upon a time, there was a girl named Cinderella who skipped the ball to go to college. She dreamed of earning a fat salary to finally buy some nicer clothes. She just didn't know what major to choose. With no fairy godmother to guide her, Cinderella majored in child and family studies, believing making a difference in the lives of struggling families would surely garnish a nice paycheck. She was shocked to discover her mid-career earnings would average less than $38,000 per year. Poor Cinderella. She should have gone into engineering. 

  • Where The Big Bucks Are: 6 Top Colleges by Region

    Will studying on sunny beaches lead to a high salary? In PayScale's 2012-2013 College Salary Report, we found out which college in each region of the U.S. offered its graduates the best shot at a high paycheck. If you are trying to decide between a New England autumn or mountain skiing between classes, look no further than our list of the six top colleges across the U.S. 

  • Fancy Liberal Arts Colleges Can Pay Off

    If you're considering going to college, do the words "liberal arts college" make tuition dollars dance before your eyes? While the're known for being high dollar, PayScale's 2012-2013 College Salary Report has found that some liberal arts colleges make up for their top tuition in top post-gradaute earnings.

  • Best Majors for Making Money [infographic]

    My childhood plans for my life were simple: go to college, become Princess Leia, get married, and then drive around the country in an RV with my grandmother and my dalmatian, drinking orange juice. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered Texas A&M University did not have a Space Princess major -- not even in the school of liberal arts. I was forced to evaluate my options. Did I want a major that would provide philosophical meaning to my life or did I want to earn a hefty paycheck? (Spoiler alert: I became a writer.) 

  • Top 10 Party Schools of the Past Decade: A Comparison by Salary

    Attend a traditional party school and you could learn many valuable life lessons. “Beer is hydrating.” “Staying up all night drinking coffee and eating Pop-Tarts improves critical thinking.” But the lesson nobody ever teaches is that attending a party school will get you ahead in life. Colleges where afternoon classes and bad hangovers are the norm aren’t known for turning out big earners, but is that rep even deserved anymore?

  • College Choice: An Economist's View [video]

    For many high school students, the idea of choosing a college and a major can be more stressful than finding a date for Homecoming or accidentally wearing a prom dress that highlights armpit sweat. (That last bit is entirely hypothetical and definitely not something that happened to this author in Texas, 1999.) To help you sort through the overwhelming amount of advice you might be receiving -- go here! major in this! don't take out too many loans! -- PayScale's lead economist, Katie Bardaro, sat down to answer your questions in today's G+ Hangout with PayScale -- College Choice: An Economist's View. 

  • Want to “Make Memories” at College? Pick a Party School That Pays [infographic]

    Psst… hey, high school students. Come closer for a secret your parents don’t need to hear. Remember that party school you’ve been eyeing, the one with 24/7 ragers and beer pong tournaments? Turns out that a degree from that institution could lead to a high-paying job after graduation.

  • Jane Lynch Says, "Don't Major in Debt"

    Actress Jane Lynch is probably best known for playing caustic coach and enemy of student music enthusiasts Sue Sylvester on "Glee," or for her work with Second City and in films like "The 40-Year-Old Virgin." (Or for being my spirit animal, but I digress.) But she's also an activist who spends a significant portion of her free time giving back to the community. Most recently, she's spearheaded the Don't Major in Debt Campaign for National College Finance Center website, which helps students find free, unbiased information on grants, student loans, and paying down their student debt.

  • CollegeMapper Helps Kids Choose the Right School -- for Free

    In the old days, college selection consisted of rolling into your high school guidance counselor's office, hopefully sometime before your senior year, leafing through a few brochures, and sending out applications. The times, my friend, have changed. Twenty-five percent of college-bound kids hire outside help to guide them through the college process. The trouble is, of course, that costs money.

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