Gen Y Report: Gen Y Chooses Tech Companies

PayScale’s “Gen Y on the Job” report reveals Millennials’ best job and employer options, favorite cities, top job skills, common degrees and more.

The best companies for Gen Y are all technology companies, according to PayScale’s “Gen Y on the Job” report. The top five – ranked on Gen Y pay, percentage of Gen Y employees, Gen Y job satisfaction, Gen Y job stress, meaningfulness of work for Gen Y workers, Gen Y work schedule flexibility and green score – are (1) Qualcomm, (2) Google, (3) Medtronic, (4) Intel, and (5) Microsoft. All of them, except for Medtronic, were on this year’s Fortune MagazineBest Companies to Work For” list. Last year, Medtronic was listed at number 23 for the “100 Best Places to Work in IT” by Computerworld. Clearly, all five of these companies have already received recognition for their efforts.

Think You’re Underpaid? If You Have One of These 7 Jobs, You’re Probably Right

Everyone would like to be paid more. Complaining about how much you make is as much of a great American pastime as baseball. Perhaps more, since you don't need a ticket to the ballpark in order to join in on the fun.

Some folks, though, are legitimately underpaid. U.S. News and World Report looked at 7 jobs with high (or at least medium) satisfaction ratings but low pay. "Low pay," in this case, was below the median salary of $41,673.83, as determined by the Social Security Administration. Significantly, all of these jobs are in high demand, which makes their low pay even more puzzling.

Do Jerks Get Ahead?

Recently, ran two columns on the relationship between success in business and being an aggressive, thoughtless person -- in other words, a giant jerk. David DiSalvo argued that jerks get ahead, because of their perceived social status. His colleague Deborah L. Jacobs offered a rebuttal, saying that jerks do not get ahead, because their boost in social status doesn't last. Who is right?

The Deadliest Jobs in the US [infographic]

Pop quiz: What do you think are the deadliest jobs in the U.S.? If you answered fishers and fishing workers, loggers, pilots, farmers and miners, you're correct. These were just some of the top occupations with high fatal injury rates, according to 2011 workplace fatality data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. When it comes to the total number of injuries, however, one vocation is the most dangerous of all: drivers and truck drivers.

Forget Social Media: Tell Your Boss to Focus on These Workplace Time-Wasters [infographic]

Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are often blamed for drops in office productivity, but according to this infographic, bosses would be better off focusing on more pressing workplace time-wasters. Take water cooler talk, which 14 percent of workers cited as their No. 1 distraction in the office during an Amplitude Research survey, or meetings and computer glitches, which tied for second with 11 percent of respondents apiece.

A Look at Gen Y in the Workplace [infographic]

You've heard the rumors about Gen Y - tattoed, rebellious and very tech-smart. What are the facts? And, how does this generation function in the workplace?

PayScale gathered up stats on Gen Y workers' typical education levels, job choices, salaries, favorite cities and more. See our infographic below for a look at the Millennials, close up.

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