Professional Development

Professional Development


Between December 2018 and August 2019, close to 38,000 people took PayScale’s Salary Survey and answered questions regarding what kind of professional development opportunities they would be most interested in and why. They were also asked about their gender, age, race, industry, occupation and how they feel about their job. Respondents were not required to answer these questions to finish the survey.

Survey Questions

Professional Development

1. What kind of professional development would you be most interested in?

  • Communications/public speaking
  • Diversity & Inclusion training
  • Employer-subsidized degree
  • Management/leadership training
  • Professional certification
  • Technical skills training
  • Teamwork/interpersonal skills training

2. Why do you want professional development?

  • To get a different role within my current organization
  • To get a job somewhere else
  • To get a promotion within my current role
  • To get a raise within my current role

Employee Engagement

1. Does your work make the world a better place?

  • Very much so
  • Yes
  • A little
  • No
  • My job may make the world a worse place.

2. How satisfied are you in your job?

  • Extremely satisfied
  • Fairly satisfied
  • A little satisfied
  • Dissatisfied
  • I hate my job


Generations – Respondents are grouped into the following generations based on their reported age at the time they took the survey.

  • Boomer: Those born between 1946 and 1964
  • GenX: Those born between 1965 and 1981
  • Millennial: Those born between 1982 and 2002.

Industry – We report data for 15 industry categories that are custom aggregates of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS.)

Occupation – We report data for 19 job categories that are custom aggregates of the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.

Race/Ethnicity – Respondents were asked about their race/ethnicity but were not required to answer to complete the survey. They could choose one or more of the following options:

  • American Indian and Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Prefer Not to Answer

We report results only for those who selected exactly one option.


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