See How Much Money Your WoW Characters Would Earn IRL

Just like in real life, your video and computer game characters usually have to bring in some sort of income to survive. Whether you're looting gold coins or earning them through trade, you have to have enough gold to get you through the game. Today, I'm going to focus on one of my favorite games, World of Warcraft, and how much money characters from each profession would be earning in real life if they weren't hustling for in-game gold in Azeroth.

5 Shocking Statistics PayScale Uncovered in 2015

At PayScale, we really love data. Throughout 2015, we used data to tackle some of the most debated topics in the career world, as well as to shed some light on common misconceptions about data. PayScale's reports cover everything from the gender pay gap to the cost and reward of higher education. And sometimes, we analyze qualitative data, like how workers feel about their jobs. For example, which jobs are the most meaningful, and more importantly, which are the most meaningless? And, do women really only make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes?

#PayChat: How to Kick Off Your Career

Are you a recent graduate trying to get your foot in the door or a student trying to figure out what you want to do with your life? Landing your first job can be challenging, nerve-wracking, stressful, and unsettling without any proper guidance. PayScale is here to help you start your career off on the right foot.

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….

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.

Employee Monitoring: Justifiable Security Measure or Overly Orwellian?

Remember that time you worked yourself into a hypochondriac frenzy, and wound up spending the whole afternoon at the office surfing WebMD and trying to figure out if people get cholera anymore? As it turns out, Bill the IT guy — or even your CEO — may have been assessing your risks at the same time in a very different way for very different reasons.

Highest Unemployment Rates by City

To sum up the current unemployment status with just one number would be unfair. (Although, if we did, it would be 5.5 percent. Things are definitely looking up!) But unemployment data can't be boiled down quite that easily. Unemployment may be the lowest it's been in quite some time, overall, but the rate varies so widely that one number alone can't tell the tale. States and regions experience different economic realities, and the unemployment rate varies greatly by ethnicity as well.

Social Media Data Is Being Used to Calculate Student Loan Risk in the UK

Calculating risk is a complex process, particularly in the competitive student loans market. Basing decisions on potential earnings rather than current assets and income, as banks traditionally do, makes more sense when it comes to loaning to young people. Now, some companies are turning to social media, and checking out clients' connections, in order to assess the risk of the potential borrower, and also to put pressure on those who default.

Meet the YouTube Millionaires

Turns out, you didn't need that Harvard education after all! According to Social Blade*, a site that tracks YouTube statistics, a laptop and regular trips to FAO Schwarz may be a wiser career investment than an Ivy League education -- and the potential mountains of student loan debt that come with it. Why? Because, according to recent data from that site, it is now possible to earn a multi-million-dollar annual salary by unwrapping toys on the internet. (Whether it's likely that you'll hit the big time, of course, is another story.)