Having a job is one thing. Having a good job is another. If you’re a professional who endured the Great Recession, earning a paycheck was your …
According to a study conducted by Georgetown University, the job market is recovering, at least as far as low-paying and high-paying jobs are concerned. Between 2010 and 2014, the economy created 6.6 million jobs, and 2.9 million "good" jobs — or those that are defined by a median salary of $42,700 per year. The trouble is: 98 percent of those good jobs went to workers who earned at least a bachelor's degree.
PayScale's latest report, The Most and Least Meaningful Jobs, looks at which occupations are described by workers as making the world a better place. The jobs that make the list probably won't come as a surprise – surgeon is on there, as is English teacher and clergy member – but that doesn't mean that every high-meaning job looks exactly the same.
What makes a good job great? Well, excellent pay, for one thing. PayScale's various data packages show that money almost always wins, when it comes to workers' priorities -- or, at least, their stated values. Beyond pay, however, there are other job attributes that appeal to workers. Gen Y on the Job looks at what Millennials want most at work, and what they're prepared to compromise on, in order to get it.
You spend years acquiring a specialized skill. You go to school, land the coveted internship and then, your professional coming-of-age. You get the gig. After some time in the field, there's some technological breakthrough. It's exciting, historic and ... it puts you out of a job. Sound familiar?