jobs http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1488/all en-US 10 Ways Working From Home Can Save (And Cost) You Big http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-working-from-home-can-save-and-cost-you-big <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-working-from-home-can-save-and-cost-you-big" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_working_from_home_000029434486.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways working from home can cost and save her" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For several years, I had a full-time job that allowed me to work from home. But then I switched to a job that required me to be in an office. So I've experienced life on both sides, and can tell you that each job had its own impact on not just my lifestyle, but my personal finances.</p> <p>Working from home allowed me to wear pajama pants in the middle of the day or take afternoon naps without guilt. And in many ways, it allowed me to save some money. But there were some drawbacks on the financial side as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-best-jobs-for-work-life-balance">4 Best Jobs for Work Life Balance</a>)</p> <p>Here are some of the ways that working from home can impact your finances, both positively and negatively.</p> <h2>The Good</h2> <p>Working from home has some pretty amazing financial perks.</p> <h3>1. Zero Commuting Costs</h3> <p>When I worked from home, I put very few miles on my car. My trek to work consisted of a stroll from my bedroom to my home office 100 feet away. Now, I spend more than $150 monthly on public transit costs. My colleagues who drive spend a similar amount in gas and parking. Working from home = no commute = money saved.</p> <h3>2. The Eating Out Temptation Is Eliminated</h3> <p>When you work in an office, you might tell yourself that you'll pack your lunch every day. But that's hard when there are 10 great restaurants and coffee shops around the corner, not to mention all the places on the way to and from the office. You may have colleagues who invite you to lunch or happy hour, and you'll feel tempted to run out to Starbucks for that afternoon caffeine run. When you work from home, going out to eat is less probable.</p> <h3>3. Wardrobe Flexibility</h3> <p>Most office environments have some sort of dress code, and that's going to lead to some expense on your part. Even a casual office environment means you'll have to invest in a few decent shirts, dresses, or slacks. If you work from home, your comfort is your only guide.</p> <h3>4. Taxes</h3> <p>This really only applies to people who are salaried employees who work from home. If you fit that bill, you may be able to save on taxes by getting deductions for things like computer equipment or building a home office. If you can prove that you use a certain percentage of your home for work purposes, you can get a tax deduction based on that percentage of your utility bills. Even some automotive costs could be tax deductible.</p> <h3>5. You Can Argue for a Raise Based on Money Saved</h3> <p>There's a lot of evidence that telework policies save companies money, particularly on real estate costs. Fewer workers in an office means less demand for space. At your next performance review, raise this point when discussing the potential for a raise in pay.</p> <h3>6. You Can Be More Productive</h3> <p>If you were spending an hour commuting in the past, but now work from home, that's an hour that you can give to your employer. Working from home also frees you from various distractions, like co-workers popping in. (But be careful, as working from home can come with distractions of its own.)</p> <h3>7. No Relocation Needed</h3> <p>Many companies have found that it's cheaper to allow employees to work from home rather than spend tens of thousands of dollars to help them relocate to new cities. And imagine the money &mdash; not to mention the stress and hassle &mdash; saved by the worker who doesn't have to worry about uprooting his or her life. I personally know some employees who live in communities with low cost of living, but are paid based on the salaries of those near the company's offices in a more expensive part of the country. Score! (Of course, be warned that this could also work in reverse.)</p> <h2>The Bad</h2> <p>Despite the perks, there are still ways to burn through money while working from home.</p> <h3>8. Utility Costs Increase</h3> <p>One of the nice things about heading to an office is that you're not using up electricity, heat, or air conditioning during the day at home. Working from home can cause those bills to shoot way up.</p> <h3>9. Home Office Costs Add Up</h3> <p>When I worked from home, I was expected to keep a professional workspace, but was not given any funds to build it. So any costs associated with constructing a home office fell to me. Some of these costs were tax-deductible, but the deduction did not cover the full cost of things like a desk, a decent chair, lamps, and even some office supplies. These expenses can add up.</p> <h3>10. No Networking</h3> <p>Working from home can be socially isolating, but that isolation can also hurt your wallet. If you are removed from an office, you will get less face time with the boss, and may also miss out on office gossip and interactions that might be helpful to you and your career. It's harder to impress your employer if they never see you. If this sounds like you, make an effort to drop by the office for meetings on a regular basis, or even pop in to take a colleague out to lunch. <a href="http://globalworkplaceanalytics.com/resources/costs-benefits">Global Workplace Analytics</a> reported that &quot;teleworkers who maintain regular communications with traditional co-workers and managers find career impact is not an issue.&quot;</p> <p><em>Do you work from home? What other costs do you incur? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-working-from-home-can-save-and-cost-you-big">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-money-when-you-are-unemployed">10 Ways to Save Money When You Are Unemployed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-jobs-you-may-not-have-considered-but-should">9 Jobs You May Not Have Considered (But Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money">10 Depressing Jobs That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-goals-all-30-somethings-should-have">10 Money Goals All 30-Somethings Should Have</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion">12 Times You&#039;re Better Off Without a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Budgeting jobs saving work from home working Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:00:03 +0000 Tim Lemke 1625207 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Depressing Jobs That Aren't Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sad_woman_desk_000049488598.jpg" alt="Woman stuck in depressing job that&#039;s not worth the money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you think your job stinks.</p> <p>We've all experienced a depressing job before. There are good jobs out there for those who need them, but there are also lot of bad jobs that few people are eager to do. Here are 10 of the most depressing jobs, based on career prospects, pay, and safety on the job.</p> <h2>1. Newspaper Journalist</h2> <p>I worked for newspapers for more than a dozen years and had the time of my life. But the Internet era has crushed newspapers, leading to high stress and low pay for reporters and editors. And there are few journalists out there who haven't been laid off at least once. CareerCast placed this job <a href="http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/best-jobs-2015">dead last in its ranking of 200 careers</a>, and photojournalists don't fare much better.</p> <h2>2. Lumberjack</h2> <p>It's hard work and not particularly lucrative, and much of the work is now being done by machines. It's also a deadly job; the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf">91 out of every 100,000 logging workers</a> suffers a work-related fatality. They are 30 times more likely to die on the job than the average worker.</p> <h2>3. Taxi Driver</h2> <p>It's never been the safest profession, and you'll be lucky to make $30,000 a year doing it. The arrival in many cities of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-extra-money-driving-for-uber-or-lyft">Uber and Lyft</a>, which have completely disrupted the pay-to-ride industry, have hurt the prospects and earning potential of taxi drivers even further.</p> <h2>4. Data Entry Clerk</h2> <p>You sit at a computer all day and enter information into a database. It'd be one thing if the information you were entering was something cool, like a list of every Led Zeppelin concert in history. But it's often just names, addresses, and other banal data bits. And God help you if you make a mistake. The average annual median wage for data clerks is less than $30,000, though you usually don't need a college degree.</p> <h2>5. Security Guard</h2> <p>When you're in private security, you're either seriously bored because nothing is going on, or you're involved in a possible struggle with a criminal. There's not much in between. Pay is low (less than $25k annually, on average), but there is some growth in job opportunities.</p> <h2>6. Door-to-Door Salesman</h2> <p>Kiplinger <a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/business/T012-S001-worst-jobs-for-the-future-2015/index.html">evaluated 784 jobs</a> based on their prospects for the future, and this job was in the bottom 10. These days, pushing a product by knocking on someone's door is amazingly inefficient, when you consider the technology available to salespeople. There was a time in America when door-to-door salesmen were welcomed by housewives and others looking to test out the latest products. Those days are long gone; the number of jobs in this field is expected to drop 18% by 2024, after dropping 23% between 2004 and 2014.</p> <h2>7. Mail Carrier</h2> <p>Let's face it, no one likes the U.S. Postal Service. And as a mail carrier, you often deliver nothing more than a bunch of junk mail, as technologies like email and texting have taken over. Career Cast's best jobs report noted that mail carriers have <a href="http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/worst-jobs-2015">one of the worst 10-year outlooks</a> in terms of job growth.</p> <h2>8. Administrative Assistant</h2> <p>You have virtually no power over your own existence, as you simply respond to the demands of whomever you work for. The high stress, no control environment has been <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/10/01/health.job.making.depressed/">known to cause higher rates of depression</a>. The good news for administrative assistants is that pay is about average, along with job growth.</p> <h2>9. Meter Reader</h2> <p>Technology is making it less and less necessary for someone to come around and check your electricity usage. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job demand to decline by 10% by 2020, and the pay is middle-of-the-pack, at best.</p> <h2>10. Restaurant Server</h2> <p>Your boss can get away with paying you less than minimum wage, because there's an expectation you'll get tips. But we all know that's hit or miss. Waiters and waitresses are on their feet all day, often fielding complaints about food that they didn't cook. The average mean wage is under $20,000 each year, assuming the restaurant you work for will even be around in the future. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said 70% of restaurants close within the first year.</p> <p><em>Did we miss any depressing jobs? Let us know in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie">How to get a job--learn the secret from a bad movie</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seven-tips-for-the-newly-unemployed">Seven Tips for the Newly Unemployed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-best-jobs-for-work-life-balance">4 Best Jobs for Work Life Balance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-warning-signs-that-it-is-not-the-job-for-you">6 Warning Signs that It Is Not the Job for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Job Hunting art career jobs museum Mon, 02 Nov 2015 09:15:13 +0000 Tim Lemke 1603184 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Certifications That Add Big $$ to Your Salary http://www.wisebread.com/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_using_computer_000051515506.jpg" alt="Woman getting certifications that will add money to her salary" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A certification can strengthen your degree, and maybe even improve your income. Better still? It can do all this without you ever having to set foot inside a classroom, as all of the seven certifications listed below are offered online. Take a look, and start moving ahead today.</p> <h2>1. Project Management</h2> <p>Aside from IT, project managers work in engineering, healthcare, and construction. They are responsible for overseeing the completion of a project &mdash; on budget, and on time. It's a high-pressure career, but the salary is great (<a href="http://blog.capterra.com/much-project-managers-make/">average $89,000</a> for entry-level). Fortunately, you don't have to quit your day job to earn your certification. The average cost varies widely, but reputable UC Berkeley lists it as <a href="http://extension.berkeley.edu/cert/project.html">around $5,600</a>. Here is a list of <a href="http://blog.capterra.com/the-5-best-online-project-management-courses/">online project management programs</a> where you can study.</p> <h2>2. Microsoft Certified IT Professional</h2> <p>My friend Chad, who has a degree in IT, obtained this <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/microsoft-certified-professional.aspx">Microsoft Certified Professional</a> (MCP) certification on his own, reasoning that &quot;I thought it might be helpful.&quot; Upon completion, he showed it to his manager...and was immediately promoted and reimbursed for the cost of obtaining the certification. The cost? A very affordable $150 for the first level (Microsoft Certified); then you can take more courses and build into Professional (MCITP), Architect (MCA), Professional Developer, etc.</p> <p>How much can you expect to earn from certifications? From Microsoft:</p> <p>&quot;In high-growth industries, entry-level employees who hold a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification can earn up to $16,000 more, annually, than their peers.&quot;</p> <h2>3. CPA</h2> <p>An accountant with a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-college-students-can-save-money-before-class-starts" target="_blank">Bachelor's degree</a>&nbsp;can expect annual earnings of $63,550 per year. But what if that accountant passes the licensure exam and becomes a Certified Public Accountant? Here is an interesting breakdown from the folks at Becker Professional Education:</p> <p>&quot;Over the course of a 40-year career, a CPA can earn as much as <a href="http://www.becker.com/cpa-review/resources/career-opportunities/what-you-can-earn-as-a-cpa">$1 million more</a> than a non-certified accountant. Here's an example:</p> <ul> <li>Two non-Certified Public Accountants with Bachelor's degrees begin working at the same time at the same large public accounting firm in Audit/Assurance Services at the same annual salary of $68,000.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>One earns the CPA credential, creating a 10% salary differential of about $7,000 more than the other (CPA's can earn between 5% and 15% more than their non-credentialed counterparts).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Over time, more frequent and higher-level promotions can widen the salary gap to as much as $50,000.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Over a full career that can mean an additional $1 million or more in lifetime earnings.&quot;</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://www.aicpa.org/BECOMEACPA/LICENSURE/Pages/default.aspx">licensure exam</a> is very rigorous, but what a difference in income obtaining that license makes.</p> <h2>4. Process Management</h2> <p>The question I get most often in HR about this position is, &quot;What is it that those people DO?&quot; Well, they look at a process, or flow, that isn't working, reorganize it, and implement it so that things work better. As a rule, they are really good at seeing the &quot;big picture&quot; and being diplomatic about change. Process managers have a <a href="http://www.abpmp.org/?page=certification_home">governing body</a> and must pass an exam. Earnings are estimated at <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Process_Improvement_Manager/Salary">$79,000 annually</a>. Fortunately, this is another position where you can obtain online certification (here are some <a href="http://www.processexcellencenetwork.com/business-process-management-bpm/articles/8-business-process-management-bpm-training-provide/">training resources</a>) while keeping your day job.</p> <h2>5. Medical Coder</h2> <p>With the implementation of ICD-10 medical coding, knowledgeable coders are in high demand. Already have your B.A.? Good, because those with Bachelor's degrees &quot;...out-earned those with only a high school diploma by a dramatic $10,000 per year ($51,825 vs. $41,802).&quot; The <a href="http://www.ahima.org/">American Health Information Management Association</a> is the governing body for health information management. It also provides information about education and certification courses. I personally know coders who are able to work from home, which is a nice option if you have a family.</p> <h2>6. Exercise Physiologist</h2> <p>The median salary for a fitness instructor is $40,996. But, obtain certification as an <a href="http://certification.acsm.org/acsm-registered-clinical-exercise-physiologist">exercise physiologist</a>, and that jumps to $44,470. Perhaps more importantly, though, is that if you are interested in this field, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 19% growth, higher than the average for all occupations.</p> <h2>7. Actuary</h2> <p>Have a degree in mathematics? Or, maybe you work in the field of finance, or statistics? The BLS cites median pay in 2012 for actuaries to have been $93,680, with job growth outlook of 26% (much higher than average). Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty. They often work for insurance companies or in finance. A <a href="http://www.beanactuary.org/what/">series of exams</a> must be passed to obtain certification. It's not all about number-crunching, though &mdash; a good actuary needs the skills to be able to communicate, too.</p> <p>Remember: Do your research before you leap. Some of these certifications are extremely rigorous and, although likely worth it in the long run, will put a strain on your time. Take a look at job listings to see what employers are looking for.</p> <p><em>Have you gotten a certification to boost your career &mdash; and your pay?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-careers-that-pay-women-more-than-men">7 Careers That Pay Women More Than Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/crime-scene-cleaner-and-4-other-trades-that-pay-surprisingly-well">Crime Scene Cleaner and 4 Other Trades That Pay Surprisingly Well</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-high-paying-careers-with-low-educational-barriers">10 High-Paying Careers With Low Educational Barriers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learning-without-the-high-cost-of-higher-education">Learning Without the High Cost of Higher Education</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-j-o-b-s-that-aren-t-that-b-a-d">Five J.O.B.’s That Aren’t That B.A.D.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training certifications degree income jobs online learning salary Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:15:27 +0000 Marla Walters 1599962 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Cool Jobs for Outdoorsy Types http://www.wisebread.com/11-cool-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-cool-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ski_instructor_000005068239.jpg" alt="Ski instructor has perfect job for an outdoorsy type" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you absolutely loathe the idea of sitting at a desk all day and dream of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors">outdoorsy adventures</a>? Then think beyond the cubicle, and check out these awesome jobs you can do in the great outdoors!</p> <h2>1. Park Ranger</h2> <p>There are a number of local, state, and national parks that need rangers to patrol both land and water. You'll supervise different park initiatives, check for hunting and fishing permits, and investigate different issues within their park's boundaries. Most rangers need a bachelor's degree in <a href="http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Careers07.aspx">biology, ecology, forestry, natural resource management</a>, or a related field.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Park_Ranger/Salary">$35,075</a></p> <h2>2. Tour Guide</h2> <p>Whether it's taking people through a historic landmark, city, or country landscape, tour guides are employed in various locations across the globe. I just did a <a href="http://www.indeed.com/q-Tour-Guide-jobs.html">quick search</a>, and it turned up a sightseeing job in San Francisco, CA, a bike tour guide gig in Madison, WI, and a nature guide position in Honolulu, HI. These jobs don't pay a ton, but they're anywhere you want to be.</p> <p>Median pay: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Tour_Guide/Hourly_Rate">$11/hour</a></p> <h2>3. Ski Instructor</h2> <p>Get paid to ride the slopes with a seasonal ski instructor job. You'll teach adults and children basic skiing or snowboarding skills. Killington's <a href="http://www.killington.com/company/employment/winter_opportunities/index.html">job page</a> details that having Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) or American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) certification gives you an advantage. Not into teaching? You can also check out ski patrol positions that provide emergency service up the mountain.</p> <p>Median pay: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Ski_Instructor/Hourly_Rate">$12/hour</a></p> <h2>4. Ornithologist, Entomologist, Zoologist</h2> <p>If you work in the <a href="http://www.aboutbioscience.org/careers/">biological sciences</a>, there's a good chance your job might take you outdoors. My friend is an ornithologist, and spends months at a time on a remote island recording migratory habits of different species. <a href="http://www.aboutbioscience.org/careers/entomologist">Entomologists</a> do similar work, just with bugs. <a href="http://www.aboutbioscience.org/careers/zoologist">Zoologists</a> work with all different critters in the animal kingdom, and they spend much of their time outdoors. You'll need specialized degrees for these positions, but a job interacting with nature may very well be worth the time in school.</p> <p>Median salary: Varies</p> <h2>5. EMT</h2> <p>Emergency medical technicians' jobs are surely intense. According to the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm">Bureau of Labor Statistics</a>, the outlook on EMT jobs growth is above average. You'll care for the sick and critically injured, respond to emergency calls, and transport patients to nearby hospitals after performing basic care tasks like CPR. To get this job, you'll need to complete an EMT program and some states also require licensing through the <a href="http://www.nremt.org">National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians</a>.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Certification=Emergency_Medical_Technician_(EMT)/Salary">$30,316</a></p> <h2>6. Farmer</h2> <p>If you like getting up before dawn, working with the land, and enjoying the fruits of your labor, farming might be for you. There are farms of all focuses and sizes across the United States. Some people may fall into the family farming business, while other choose to get degrees in <a href="http://admissions.cals.cornell.edu/academics/majors/agricultural-sciences/">Agricultural Sciences</a> to get their start. Whatever your path, this is a diverse field with a number of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors and working with your hands.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Farmer/Salary">$33,653</a></p> <h2>7. Landscape Architect</h2> <p>Ever wonder who designs parks, gardens, playgrounds, and other lush, green areas? Landscape architects take on these projects &mdash; and more. You'll spend some time in the office using different technologies to help plot out your plans. Otherwise, you'll spend most of your days in the space and checking out different plants and shrubs to enhance your creations. You'll need a <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/landscape-architects.htm#tab-4">bachelor's or master's degree</a> to do this type of work. If that's not in the cards for you, consider being part of the landscaping team.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Landscape_Architect/Salary">$53,028</a></p> <h2>8. Environmental Scientist</h2> <p>I have a number of friends who work as environmental scientists in the hills of Pennsylvania. They are outdoors most every day &mdash; no matter the weather &mdash; evaluating different issues with soil, pollution, water, and and other <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/environmental-scientists-and-specialists.htm#tab-2">environmental concerns</a>. Some specific careers in this field include climate change analysts, environmental health specialists, industrial ecologists, and environmental chemists. You'll definitely need a college degree to get these jobs. Once you do, you'll get to focus your time on the environment from your (mostly) outdoor office.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Environmental_Scientist/Salary">$49.048</a></p> <h2>9. Postal Worker</h2> <p>Speaking of working in the rain, sleet, and snow, most postal carriers are outside every day, all day. The <a href="https://about.usps.com/careers/search-apply/welcome.htm">United States Postal Service</a> (USPS) has a few requirements before employment. You need to be 18 years old, or at least 16 with a high school diploma. You'll also need US residency, a safe driving record, and be able to pass a criminal background check. After that? You'll spend your days walking door-to-door, breathing fresh air.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=United_States_Postal_Worker_(Carrier)/Hourly_Rate">$51,381</a></p> <h2>10. Archaeologist</h2> <p>Do you like digging up stuff? Archaeology gives you plenty of opportunities to do just that. You'll need a degree before picking up your shovel. Beyond doing academic research, archaeologists are employed by a variety of domestic and international agencies. For example, the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/archeology/">National Park Service</a> employs a team of archaeologists to help preserve, conserve, and protect different sites and artifacts within its park boundaries.</p> <p>Median salary: <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Archaeologist/Salary">$49,029</a></p> <h2>11. Lifeguard</h2> <p>I have a friend who is a professor but spends his summers lifeguarding on the NJ coast. Depending on where you live, lifeguarding can even be a full-time job. You'll spend your days around lots of people, sand, and surf. You'll perform drills, ride around on different equipment (jeeps, boats, jetskis, etc.), and maybe even save a life or two. And while pay varies, in 2011, the salaries of some Californian lifeguards raised more than a few eyebrows: many in Newport Beach were making <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-05-21-california-lifeguard-high-pay_n.htm">over $100,000</a> in total compensation per year! While this is the exception to the rule, it's still pretty amazing.</p> <p>Median salary: Varies</p> <p><em>Do you have an outdoorsy job?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-cool-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-sluggish-workday-go-a-lot-faster">How to Make Your Sluggish Workday Go (a Lot) Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money">10 Depressing Jobs That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion">12 Times You&#039;re Better Off Without a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-working-from-home-can-save-and-cost-you-big">10 Ways Working From Home Can Save (And Cost) You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-plain-text-resume-to-apply-for-jobs-online">Why You Need a Plain Text Resume to Apply for Jobs Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income jobs nature office job outdoors outdoorsy Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:16:25 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1598466 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Make Your Sluggish Workday Go (a Lot) Faster http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-sluggish-workday-go-a-lot-faster <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-make-your-sluggish-workday-go-a-lot-faster" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_productive_workday_000052836384.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to make her sluggish workday go faster" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How many times have you looked longingly out the window beside your <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Best-Yoga-Poses-Office-Workers-24640282">office desk</a>, wishing you were outside enjoying the fresh air &mdash; or taking a nap at home? We <em>know</em> you're raising your hand right now, and we understand 100 percent! Sometimes, the day feels like it's crawling by slower than a snail, and by the end of it, you're completely exhausted. Here's how to beat that workday rut and ensure that it flies by so quick, you won't know it hit you.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Career-Advice-38400406">Real People Share the Greatest Career Advice They've Ever Received</a></p> <h2>1. Find a Job That You Love or a Project You Enjoy Within Your Current Job</h2> <p>Ideally, you want to seek a job that you'd look forward to every day &mdash; but all hope may not be lost for your current profession. &quot;If finding a job you're passionate about is tough, then find a task or project area to become an expert in,&quot; recommends <a href="http://www.jenndewallcoaching.com/" target="_blank">Jenn Dewall</a>, a career and life coach for female professionals. &quot;Find learning opportunities to enhance your understanding, set up touch-bases with people who know more, and practice it!&quot;</p> <h2>2. Set Up a Snack Drawer in Your Office</h2> <p>Nothin' like a good old chocolate chip <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/food/How-Make-Homemade-Clif-Bars-37977261">Clif Bar</a> to boost your mood. &quot;[Fill your drawer] with healthy snacks to keep your energy up and some of your favorite things you look forward to indulging in,&quot; suggests Hallie Crawford, career coach and founder of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.halliecrawford.com/" target="_blank">HallieCrawford.com</a>.</p> <h2>3. Have a Five-Minute Conversation With a Co-Worker</h2> <p>Constant corporate jargon gets old, fast &mdash; and drags the day on. &quot;We need to infuse fun into our workday, [because] it reduces stress and can increase team building,&quot; Dewall says. &quot;Ask a question that is unrelated to work and start a conversation. In similar fashion, you can also pick a pop culture topic and talk about it for five minutes.&quot;</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Career-Tips-Introverts-38279445">7 Totally Practical Career Tips For Office Introverts</a></p> <h2>4. Take Walks</h2> <p>Don't be a bump on a log all day; get up and move! &quot;Either walk during your lunch, or take short walks after accomplishing a bigger task,&quot; Dewall recommends. &quot;Walking will give you energy and can also break up stressful work projects.&quot; Want to take it up a notch? &quot;Schedule coffee walks with work colleagues so you can get some caffeine, fresh air, and positive conversation all at once,&quot; suggests <a href="http://www.dallekcoaching.com/" target="_blank">Rebecca Dallek</a>, a career and leadership coach for women.</p> <h2>5. Have a Look at Other Businesses</h2> <p>If you've got a little free time and you're feeling bored, &quot;Research the competition,&quot; says <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jilljacinto" target="_blank">Jill Jacinto</a>, a millennial career expert for WORKS. It will give you a leg up on keeping your company sharp, and it may spark a few ideas. Plus, it's more interesting than <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Waste-Your-Time-Work-38001474">repeatedly refreshing your email</a>!</p> <h2>6. Work With People You Like</h2> <p>&quot;This is critical to overall workplace enjoyment and to make each day fly by,&quot; Dallek says. Think about it. If you're sitting next to a co-worker who complains about everything from the temperature of his coffee to the new manager, your eyes are going to be glued to the clock.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Motivational-Spotify-Playlist-Work-38401746">20 Songs to Get You Through the Workweek</a></p> <h2>7. Focus on Your Accomplishments, Not Your Never-Ending To-Do List</h2> <p>Don't allow your pending work tasks to submerge you in stress. &quot;The more you focus on what has happened successfully during the course of your day, the faster it will go by, because you're less overwhelmed by the next thing on the list and enjoying a sense of accomplishment instead,&quot; Crawford says.</p> <h2>8. Jam to an Inspiring Song in Between Each Task</h2> <p>Whip out those headphones, stat. &quot;Allow yourself to get lost in the music for a song, and once the song is completed, go back to work,&quot; Dewall recommends. &quot;This is another mental break where the intention is to focus on how the song is making you feel &mdash;&nbsp;it's not just music to drown out your co-workers.&quot; She suggests starting out with coffee house favorites and then amping up to lively, high-energy music (think <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Carly-Rae-Jepsen-Nine-Inch-Nails-Mashup-37226466">Carly Rae Jepsen</a>) as the day comes to a close.</p> <h2>9. Buy Fun Office Supplies and Add Items to Your Desk That Make You Smile</h2> <p>Crawford suggests thinking along the lines of pictures of friends and family, colored folders, and supercute pens. &quot;Keep things professional, of course, but if having fun stuff on your desk makes you smile, go for it,&quot; she says. &quot;You can hide things when a client comes in if you need to.&quot;</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Working-From-Home-Tips-37778375">11 of the Best Work-From-Home Hacks Ever</a></p> <h2>10. Attend a Presentation From Your Colleagues in a Different Department</h2> <p>Jacinto recommends this, because seeing other departments in action provides a unique angle on your company and will maintain your focus. Better focus means faster workday!</p> <h2>11. Sit in Another Location</h2> <p>If you have a flexible workplace design, this one is cake. &quot;Sometimes a new location gives you a fresh perspective,&quot; Dallek says. And if your workspace isn't quite so accommodating or open? Simply transport your laptop to the kitchen for a half hour for a change of environment.</p> <h2>12. Set an End-of-the-Week Reward</h2> <p>You already know how important work objectives are. &quot;Each week, set up five <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Funny-Relationship-Goals-36598133">goals</a> that you want to accomplish and schedule time to work on them each day,&quot; Dewall suggests. &quot;If you accomplish the goals and fill your day with productivity, reward yourself! This can enhance your confidence and give you a sense of accomplishment when you walk out the door on Friday.&quot; Not to mention, as you center yourself and work toward those goals throughout the week, the days will zip by. And in the end, that's what we <em>all</em> want.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When&#039;s it gonna be done o&#039;clock already? 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Most of these career shifts happen in a person's teens and twenties, when hop-scotching from bartending to telemarketing is more common than not. Mid- and late-career changes, however, are less common, largely because they require the implicit trade of the familiar for the unknown. The risks may be bigger, but the rewards are sweeter.</p> <p>If the mere thought of jumping from a well-heeled spot on one industry ladder to the bottom rung of another is intimidating enough to prevent you from pursuing the job of your dreams, you're not alone. Later in life <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-its-time-to-make-your-side-gig-your-career">career changes</a> can seem impossible when you weigh the financial risks of starting anew with the responsibilities of child-rearing and mortgage payments. But if you're truly unfulfilled at work, over time it will take a toll its toll. So don't let a little fear of failure hold you hostage.</p> <p>Read on for our roundup of the best ways to transition to a new career after 30.</p> <h2>1. Skill Shift</h2> <p>Grab a pen and pad and take a few minutes to list all your skills &mdash; and not just the ones you acquired on the job. Be sure to include those you picked up while volunteering for the Parent Teacher Association, leading your child's Girl Scouts troop, caring for an ailing relative, paying down your debt, fundraising for cancer research, and building the new deck in the backyard. Now brainstorm all the ways you can apply these strengths of yours to a brand new business venture. You just might surprise yourself with how quickly your experience planning a neighborhood block party complete with food vendors, a bouncy house, and live music seems to become more beneficial than what you learned from your collegiate calculus homework. Especially if it's a new career in event planning that you're pursuing. So don't be afraid to acknowledge your outside-the-box accomplishments and play to them.</p> <h2>2. Get Educated</h2> <p>While you may find you have a slew of transferable job skills, the likelihood that you'll need to acquire some new ones is pretty high. That doesn't necessarily mean you need to dole out tens of thousands of dollars for a new degree &mdash; although, depending on your new occupation of choice, it might. Education, in all its forms, will counter what you lack in experience. And it will show potential employers that you are committed to your new career choice and driven enough to do what it takes to land a job in your new field. Books, lectures, certification courses, and volunteer opportunities are all great ways of snuffing up.</p> <h2>3. Go Where the Growth Is</h2> <p>There's something to be said for career fields that are forecast to add future jobs. And that something is stability. Job growth means there's less likelihood that your bread and butter will be rattled by economic turmoil. It means you'll have a better shot at securing promotions and making lateral moves with pay increases. So you might want to jot down these fastest-growing occupations: industrial-organizational psychologist, personal care aide, home health aide, mechanical insulation worker, interpreters and translators, diagnostic medical sonographer, and brick mason. All these fields are on pace to see stellar growth rates, which means you'll have an easier time finding a niche for yourself.</p> <h2>4. Stage a Dress Rehearsal</h2> <p>A travel magazine editor might seem like the ultimate occupation, but how often does he or she actually get the opportunity to fly to Morocco for an all-inclusive stay at a posh new resort? There's only one way to find out: Network with people in your desired field, mine for opportunities to shadow folks working in your desired role, and ask a lot of questions. When possible, try out the work for yourself on a limited, exploratory basis to see if it's really for you. You just might find that the travel editor gig you've been swooning for actually brings about more computer eye strains than passport stamps.</p> <h2>5. Tap Your Network</h2> <p>Determining your new career calling is half the battle. The other, of course, is getting hired. But when you lack the typical resume for a career that lies outside your realm of experience, it can be difficult to secure a position &mdash; no matter how captivating your cover letter is. So don't rely on a piece of paper to get your foot in the door. Instead, tap your network: Friends, family, former colleagues, past classmates, neighbors, and mentors. These are the people who know your work ethic, smarts, and potential for success in ways that can't be captured in black ink. They can vouch for you. They might even be able to help you land an interview you otherwise wouldn't have scored. The rest is up to you.</p> <h2>6. Rebrand Yourself</h2> <p>If you're going to take on a new role, it will serve you well to look the part. That goes for your online persona as much as your wardrobe. Before you begin the interview process, be sure your social media accounts, websites, business cards and voicemail greetings are reflective of the professional life you want. The fact that you're in a period of transition is no excuse for an outdated or sloppy digital presence.</p> <p><em>Have you made a career change? What worked for you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-transition-to-a-new-career-after-30">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-to-do-on-your-first-day-at-a-new-job">6 Things to Do on Your First Day at a New Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-to-splurge-resume-writer">When to Splurge: Resume Writer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-skills-that-helped-your-boss-get-ahead">6 Skills That Helped Your Boss Get Ahead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/finding-the-right-job-there-s-plenty-of-phish-in-the-sea">Finding the Right Job: There’s Plenty of Phish in the Sea</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-jobs-you-may-not-have-considered-but-should">9 Jobs You May Not Have Considered (But Should)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building employment jobs skills transitioning working Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:00:12 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1490872 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Skills That Helped Your Boss Get Ahead http://www.wisebread.com/6-skills-that-helped-your-boss-get-ahead <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-skills-that-helped-your-boss-get-ahead" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_triumphant_000038262530.jpg" alt="Man using skills to help him get ahead like his boss" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you ever look at your boss and wish you had his or her job? Or maybe you wonder how in the world they got to where they are, given the fact that you are struggling with your own position.</p> <p>The fact of the matter is, somehow your boss got ahead. They stood out from the rest. Here are some of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs">skills</a> that helped them land that big promotion &mdash; and that can help you, too!</p> <h2>1. Cut the Negativity</h2> <p>No one likes being around someone who is always negative. It's hard, and eventually you either get dragged into their negativity, or you have to put distance between the negative person and yourself. So don't be that person!</p> <p>Yes, every workplace probably has something to be negative about. Maybe it's a rough time of year, or you're currently being asked to do someone else's job on top of your own. But keep the negativity to yourself.</p> <p>Being negative drags everyone down, and companies don't promote people who are going to make teamwork harder. When your boss got promoted, it's likely that he or she was known for being positive or, at least, for keeping negative comments in. Do the same if you want to get ahead.</p> <h2>2. Line Up the Right Support</h2> <p>Most of us can't be the lone wolf at work. We need some sort of support to be able to do our jobs successfully. When we aren't getting that, we won't perform as well and, therefore, will be less likely to get ahead.</p> <p>In today's work environment, it often falls to the individual to find the support he or she needs to get the job done. Be proactive and ask your boss for a meeting. Go over expectations, especially if you feel like these aren't clear. Ask your boss how they prefer to manage and work from there. For instance, a boss who prefers weekly check-in meetings may be willing to let you have two weeks between meetings, especially if you've proven yourself trustworthy and can show how the extra time would help you do your job better.</p> <p>Getting the support they need is something your boss most likely excels at, and one of the skills they used to do their job well enough to get ahead. Figure out what you need in order to exceed expectations and ask for it.</p> <h2>3. Take on Challenges</h2> <p>Taking on something that is new, different, or difficult is scary, especially when you feel like your livelihood may depend on it. However, being willing to take on a challenge, being the person who steps forward and says &quot;I'll do it!&quot; makes a huge difference when it comes to getting ahead.</p> <p>Think about it this way: When you are considering who you want to lead something, do you want a person in charge who isn't daunted, who can outthink and outmaneuver obstacles, or do you want someone who is afraid, stuck in an old way of doing things, and who can't think outside the box? Most of us want the first kind of person.</p> <p>Even if your boss seems stuck in her ways now, it's likely she was once willing to innovate and take risks. Be the person who steps up to the challenge, and you can be the one who gets ahead, too.</p> <h2>4. Understand the Current Goals</h2> <p>If you want to get ahead, make sure you understand your organization's current goals and how your job fits into those. See your work as part of the whole and make sure you are doing your best to make the whole function well.</p> <p>It's easy to get lost in the details of your job and to forget about the role you are playing in the overall company. It's also easy to misunderstand where your company is currently focused. For instance, you may think that your company is trying to land new accounts, when the current focus is actually on giving existing clients a better experience.</p> <p>Most people who get ahead in a company do so because someone thinks they will be able to help the company achieve their current goals. You boss probably focused on these when he was working to get ahead, and doing the same should help you, too.</p> <h2>5. Take Responsibility for Your Mistakes</h2> <p>It may seem counterintuitive to think that owning your mistakes will help you get ahead. However, taking full responsibility for yourself and your actions generates trust, and so it helps you build stronger relationships with both your coworkers and your clients/customers.</p> <p>Before you can take responsibility for any errors, you need to know your own role. Make sure you really know it, inside and out, so that you can honestly tell someone whether a mistake was yours or whether it occurred elsewhere. If you did make a mistake, be sure to apologize and, if necessary, change the way you do things so that it doesn't happen again.</p> <p>Most managers have, at some point in their career, demonstrated their ability to own their role, including any mistakes that are made. If it helped your boss get to where she is today, it can help you get ahead, too.</p> <h2>6. Find the Right Communication Style</h2> <p>Different people communicate in different ways. We use different words, different tones, and even different body language when we talk to one another. When you use your boss's communication style, you are more likely to get ahead because you'll be more likely to persuade him of the points you try to make and because he will see you as compatible with the overall company.</p> <p>Before you do this, you have to determine how your boss communicates. Listen to the words he says, whether he speaks quietly or loudly, quickly or slowly, and how he uses his hands, face, and body when he is speaking. Then try to do some of these same things when you are communicating with him and with your team.</p> <p>Matching communication styles probably helped your boss get ahead, and working to do it will help you, too. Don't worry about being false, because the ideas you want to communicate will be the same as they would be if you were using your natural communication style.</p> <p><em>How are you trying to get ahead at work? Is it helping you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-skills-that-helped-your-boss-get-ahead">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-better-workplace-body-language">7 Tips for Better Workplace Body Language</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ace-your-next-performance-review-with-these-7-tricks">Ace Your Next Performance Review With These 7 Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-bug-your-boss-for-more-money-and-get-it">4 Ways to Bug Your Boss for More Money – and Get It!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-youre-sabotaging-your-next-promotion">5 Ways You&#039;re Sabotaging Your Next Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-transition-to-a-new-career-after-30">6 Ways to Transition to a New Career After 30</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building boss jobs Office promotions skills success Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:00:11 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1478349 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Signs You're Working for an Impossible Boss http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_stressed_at_work_000012868043.jpg" alt="Woman learns she&#039;s working for an impossible time" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you think you have a bad boss. You actively dislike her, and sometimes you count how many days you can go without having to have a serious interaction. But you doubt yourself. Maybe it's not as bad as it seems. Maybe it's just you.</p> <p>If you're not sure if <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-types-of-horrible-bosses-and-how-to-manage-them">your boss is impossible</a>, look for the characteristics below. It's important that you figure this out, because a bad boss doesn't just make you feel bad, but can make you <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/is-your-boss-making-you-sick/2014/10/20/60cd5d44-2953-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html">more likely to get sick</a>, too.</p> <h2>1. Your Boss Has Astronomically High Standards</h2> <p>Does your boss hold you to standards that you can't actually meet? Does he expect you to perform better and better each month, even in your slow season? Does she praise only top performers?</p> <p>All of these are different ways of having standards that are too high. No one can be at the top of their game all the time, and a good boss will understand that. A boss who is so difficult to please will make you feel badly about yourself, no matter how well you do your job. And that is an impossible situation for you.</p> <h2>2. Your Boss Is Never Wrong</h2> <p>Does your boss have to be right in every single conversation, whether it's about doing business or March Madness brackets? People who always have to be right are impossible in any situation, but they are particularly damaging at work because they can't empower their employees. Instead, they end up shooting them down.</p> <p>A good boss will be able to admit mistakes, but will also point out good ideas that come from sources outside herself. She will be willing to implement these ideas, to get behind them, and she won't claim them as her own when someone asks.</p> <h2>3. Your Boss Offers No Guidance</h2> <p>An impossible boss doesn't help you set goals, aim for a particular level of performance, or anything else. If you don't know where you are going and your boss won't discuss it with you, you can end up in any number of impossible situations.</p> <p>Many times, you end up in an impossible situation when your boss won't offer guidance because, whether they say so or not, they have some idea about how they want you to perform. You can be going along thinking everything is fine, only to find out at some point that you haven't met some standard. That's maddening because it doesn't give you a chance to try something different so that you can improve.</p> <h2>4. Your Boss Isn't Open to New Ideas</h2> <p>When you present your boss with a new idea, how does he respond? Is he open and willing to hear more, or does he shoot it down simply because it's not the way things have been done before?</p> <p>Impossible bosses are so afraid of change that they aren't willing to innovate. Often, they want their employees to sit down, shut up, and do the work the way they were trained to do it. While that works some of the time, it's impossible to move forward without innovating. New technology and processes come out all the time and adaptation is essential to growth.</p> <h2>5. Your Boss Is Inconsistent</h2> <p>Does your boss promise things but doesn't follow through? Does she seem to forget that she has committed to things? This can make you feel like she doesn't really care about her employees, or that everything else is more valuable to her than you are.</p> <p>This characteristic makes your boss impossible because you can't trust her. You never know when she will follow through and when you will be left in the dust wondering what happened. This distrust will eventually spread, until you just may avoid dealing with her because of how you feel afterwards.</p> <h2>6. Your Boss Doesn't Listen</h2> <p>When you have work-related concerns, you've got to be able to trust that your boss will listen to you. Whether you have a question about some new software, need to report a co-worker, or feel like someone is asking you to perform a task that isn't part of your job, you need to be able to talk to your boss.</p> <p>If you can't talk to him, you can end up feeling stuck. If there's no way to move forward without help and you can't get the help you need because your boss won't listen, there's not much you can do. It's impossible.</p> <h2>7. Your Boss Can't Communicate</h2> <p>Whether your boss's communication problems stem from her not being available or willing to talk, or because she thinks she's explaining things when she's actually not, a boss who can't communicate is impossible.</p> <p>If you don't know what to do or how to go about it, you will either end up doing nothing or doing something wrong. When mistakes come about because an employee was never given clear instructions, that's frustrating. And when your boss thinks she communicated well, it's even more difficult.</p> <p><em>So, do you think your boss is impossible? If so, what do you plan to do about it? </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-better-workplace-body-language">7 Tips for Better Workplace Body Language</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-warning-signs-that-it-is-not-the-job-for-you">6 Warning Signs that It Is Not the Job for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-difficult-jobs-that-are-worth-the-effort">10 Difficult Jobs That Are Worth the Effort</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-need-to-stop-asking-hr-for">6 Things You Need to Stop Asking HR For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-work-worth-doing">Find work worth doing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income bosses employment jobs Office work Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1471142 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Careers That Pay Women More Than Men http://www.wisebread.com/7-careers-that-pay-women-more-than-men <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-careers-that-pay-women-more-than-men" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chef_preparing_pastries_000020498947.jpg" alt="Female chef in career where she&#039;s earning just as much as men" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The good news is that as the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2011/women/pdf/women_bls_spotlight.pdf">gender pay gap</a> continues to narrow, women are out-earning men in new and surprising fields, helping reverse the stereotype of men as the breadwinners. Clearly, we've got a long way to go to achieve equality in the workplace. But we're making strides. Read on for our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-high-paying-careers-with-low-educational-barriers">roundup of the careers</a> where women are bringing home the bacon. A few of them just might surprise you.</p> <h2>1. Construction Worker</h2> <p>Though they hold only about 3% of the jobs, female construction laborers, construction supervisors, and maintenance painters <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2011/03/14/jobs-where-women-earn-more-than-men/">earn more money</a> than their male counterparts, according to a Forbes analysis of median weekly earnings for full-time workers.</p> <h2>2. Car and Airplane Mechanic</h2> <p>Forbes also found that female car and airplane mechanics earn slightly more than their male colleagues. Caren Goldberg, a management professor at American University, has an inkling as to why: &quot;Researchers have found that both sexes fare better when they are in the minority,&quot; she said. &quot;Women who choose male-dominated jobs are likely perceived as 'atypical' or less consistent with the stereotypes associated with women, which are also associated with lower-paying jobs.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Bartender Helper</h2> <p>There is perhaps no higher paid bartender than the attractive woman who treats her patrons like old friends. Female bartender helpers earn, on average, about $2,000 more per year than men who pour drinks and collect empty glasses. That works out to $40 a week in extra cash.</p> <h2>4. Teacher's Assistant</h2> <p>Women account for 92% of the nation's teacher assistants, earning a median salary of $474 a week, compared to men's $453. Teacher assistants work under a teacher's supervision to give students additional attention and instruction, a role that's projected to grow 9% &mdash; <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/teacher-assistants.htm">100,000 more jobs</a> &mdash; by 2022. If you like to travel or want to be home to raise the kids, the job comes with perks: About 4 in 10 teacher assistants work part time and get summers off.</p> <h2>5. Nutritionist</h2> <p>Women also earn more than men in higher paying jobs like nutritionists, as well as fields in the life, physical, and social sciences. The median pay for nutritionists of both genders is $55,240 per year &mdash; with women earning slightly more than men. Nutritionist jobs are in demand, with a faster than average, <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dietitians-and-nutritionists.htm">21% job growth rate</a> through 2022.</p> <h2>6. Baker</h2> <p>Baking also helps women bring home the bigger slice of bread. Female bakers earn 104% more than male bakers, taking home $18 more than men in median weekly earnings. Employment researcher Laurence Shatkin tells Forbes that baking is essentially a production job with odd hours, and women may have more flexibility to work higher-paying night or early-morning shifts.</p> <h2>7. Computer Programmer</h2> <p>Female computer programmers earn a median of $62,000 a year, and those in the top 10% of the field make a salary of $111,000. Other perks include standard 40-hour work weeks and often, the option of telecommuting. Another bonus: To start, computer programmers usually need <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-programmers.htm">no work experience</a> and no specialized certification beyond a bachelor's or associate's degree. That bodes well for women who want a well-paying career but don't want to shell out the money it takes to become a doctor or attorney.</p> <p><em>Do any of these careers interest you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-careers-that-pay-women-more-than-men">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary">7 Certifications That Add Big $$ to Your Salary</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/crime-scene-cleaner-and-4-other-trades-that-pay-surprisingly-well">Crime Scene Cleaner and 4 Other Trades That Pay Surprisingly Well</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-essential-facts-women-should-know-before-asking-for-a-raise">5 Essential Facts Women Should Know Before Asking for a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming">You’re Fired! 20 Signs That a Pink Slip is Coming</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building income jobs salary wage gap women workforce Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:00:16 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1469519 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Tips for Better Workplace Body Language http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-better-workplace-body-language <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-tips-for-better-workplace-body-language" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/work_meeting_000049064816.jpg" alt="Coworkers using body language rules to succeed at work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>No matter how hard you work to gain respect at your workplace, seriously unprofessional body language can send much of your hard work out the window. In fact, in face-to-face communication, research shows that your words account for only 7% percent of your interaction &mdash; 38% is in your tone of voice, and 55% is in your nonverbal cues, or body language.</p> <p>To help you succeed at work, we've compiled seven <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-body-language-mistakes-that-can-sabotage-any-social-interaction">body language rules</a> to keep in mind as you interact with coworkers, your boss, or external contacts.</p> <h2>1. Keep Your Facial Expressions in Check</h2> <p>Facial expressions speak louder than words. If you're engaged in a conversation but your facial expression is bored, angry, or confused, it's noticeable. Don't be rude &mdash; make sure your face is expressing a degree of professionalism. Don't be someone you're not, but make sure you understand the delicate balance between work and emotion.</p> <h2>2. Walk With Confidence</h2> <p>Pick up your feet when you walk. Don't shuffle or stomp. Make sure your shoes fit. One of my pet peeves is when coworkers wear shoes that are too high, don't fit, or just seem generally uncomfortable. Stand tall when you walk, with your hands at your side. If you are about to walk into a room with a lot of strangers or to give a speech, practice power posing in the bathroom or empty room.</p> <h2>3. Eye Contact is Key</h2> <p>Maintaining eye contact makes you trustworthy, likeable, and powerful. When you're in a conversation, be careful to also pay attention to what is being said. Don't stare &mdash; engage. Also, look from one eye to the other to keep from turning your eye contact into something creepy, and make sure to look back and forth slowly so the person you're talking to doesn't notice. Most importantly, look away occasionally or you'll make the other person feel uncomfortable.</p> <h2>4. Practice Your Handshake</h2> <p>For the majority of my adult life, my handshake has always been strong. It almost always results in a conversation about weak handshakes where hands go limp. Those can be embarrassing, so practice yours &mdash; it should be firm and steady. Handshakes should only last between two and five seconds, and don't forget to engage in eye contact. If you're meeting someone for the first time, be sure to repeat the name or use one of these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-for-remembering-names">memory tricks</a> so you don't forget it.</p> <h2>5. Keep Good Posture</h2> <p>When you're in a meeting, pretend you're constantly in Pilates. Don't know what that means? It means to keep the crown of your head straight up and your shoulders squared. Slouching sends the wrong impression, and a lowered head gives the impression that you're not telling the truth or that you're ashamed. Keep your body upright to show you are listening and have confidence in the interaction..</p> <h2>6. Don't Cross Your Arms</h2> <p>Use open body language when you're engaging with someone professionally. Keep your body turned toward the person you're talking to and expose your torso. Crossing your arms shows weakness and nervousness. If you lack confidence in your body, don't let it show.You can use your hands to talk, but don't overdo it. This can be distracting and also show nervousness.</p> <h2>7. Quit Fidgeting!</h2> <p>I have very long hair, and I constantly touch it. (Why do I touch my hair so much? Honestly, it's because I'm always worried about how it looks.) I've been working on this slowly, but surely. Experts agree that playing with your hair, biting your nails, and playing with your jewelry shows you are embarrassed about your appearance or nervous about the interaction. So, stop! No one is going to notice your appearance unless you point it out through your nonverbals, so let it go.</p> <p><em>What other body language cues are essential to manage in the workplace? Tell us in the comments section below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-better-workplace-body-language">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-bad-habits-that-are-ruining-your-career">6 Bad Habits That Are Ruining Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ace-your-next-performance-review-with-these-7-tricks">Ace Your Next Performance Review With These 7 Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss">7 Signs You&#039;re Working for an Impossible Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-times-you-should-speak-up-at-work">10 Times You Should Speak Up at Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-warning-signs-that-it-is-not-the-job-for-you">6 Warning Signs that It Is Not the Job for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building body language coworkers jobs Office work Mon, 08 Jun 2015 09:00:16 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1445027 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Jobs Proven to Make You Live Longer http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-gardener-vegetables-farm-nature-iStock_000014514744_Small.jpg" alt="farmer" title="farmer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to live forever? Then it may be time to switch careers. Not all jobs are created equal when it comes to pay, prestige, perks &mdash; and the promise of a longer life. Read on for our roundup of gigs that are scientifically inclined to keep your heart beating longer than the rest. Just don't forget to pad your retirement savings appropriately.</p> <h2>1. Firefighter</h2> <p>Ironically, one of the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfoi_rates_2011hb.pdf">nation's safest jobs</a> requires running into burning buildings. Firefighters die on the job at a low rate of 2.5 per 100,000 workers. That's a full point below the average on-the-job death incidence for all American workers. That may be because we're seeing fewer structure fires and more firefighters are <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/01/08/168897140/the-deadliest-jobs-in-america-in-one-graphic">wearing their seat belts</a>, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. Firefighters also live longer than any other public employee except police officers, often outlasting the average U.S. life expectancy of 79.</p> <h2>2. Accountant</h2> <p>According to a recent British study, accountants and folks working in similar white collar, middle class professions live longer than people working in any other occupation. In fact, accountants are outliving blue collar workers like builders and cleaners by as many as eight years. Male accountants live to an average of 80, whereas women typically live an additional five years. One reason accountants are living longer is that they have greater <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1567252/Why-accountants-live-longer-than-builders.html">control over autonomy</a> compared to different occupations. According to Karen Jochelson, a researcher at health think tank The King's Fund, this includes higher quality housing and food. The average <a href="http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/accountant/salary">salary of an accountant</a> is $65,080, which affords them greater lifestyle decisions.</p> <h2>3. Jobs That Keep You on Your Feet</h2> <p>Walking tour guides needn't worry. But if you've got a desk job, listen up. Researchers from the American Cancer Society studied the health outcome of 123,216 people during a 14-year period, and what they found very well may shock you out of your seat. Women who sit for more than six hours a day were about 40% more likely to die during the study period than those who sit fewer than three hours per day. Men were about 20% more likely to die. What's even more startling is the revelation that the damage you do to your body while seated cannot be undone. Much the same way smoking harms your lungs, the harm done to your body by sitting for extended periods of time cannot be reversed with exercise. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-attractive-standing-desks-you-can-actually-afford?ref=seealso">11 Attractive Standing Desks You Can Actually Afford</a>)</p> <h2>4. Doctor</h2> <p>When it comes to overall physical, mental, and fiscal health, doctors have the <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/161324/physicians-lead-wellbeing-transportation-workers-lag.aspx?ref=image">highest wellbeing score</a> in America. &quot;One key factor that contributes to physicians' higher average wellbeing score is related to how they view their workplace,&quot; Gallup's pollsters wrote. &quot;Physicians are the most likely to say they use their strengths to do what they do best every day, followed by nurses and teachers.&quot; This gives them a sense of self-satisfaction that benefits both the mind and body.</p> <h2>5. Farmer</h2> <p>The same Gallup poll found that farmers are exceedingly healthy when compared to workers in other trades, mainly because the nature of their work is so physically rigorous. Farmers lead all other job groups in weekly exercise, with two-thirds reporting they exercise for at least 30 minutes three or more days per week. As it turns out, sowing seeds and wrangling cattle is pretty darn good for longevity.</p> <p><em>Is your job killing you or helping you live longer?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money">10 Depressing Jobs That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-reasons-to-quit-your-job">The 6 Best Reasons to Quit Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion">12 Times You&#039;re Better Off Without a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-time-management-and-work-life-balance">The Secret to Time Management and Work-Life Balance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-working-from-home-can-save-and-cost-you-big">10 Ways Working From Home Can Save (And Cost) You Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Personal Development jobs longer lifespan longevity well-being Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:00:07 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1336772 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Times You're Better Off Without a Promotion http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000062383406_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="business woman window" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've been with a company for years, and have received excellent performance reviews. You may even be due for a promotion. Maybe it will come with a bigger paycheck, a larger office, and a fancier title. But should you automatically accept a promotion if one is offered? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year?ref=seealso">12 Ways to Finally Get That Promotion This Year</a>)</p> <p>Moving up the corporate ladder seems like a no-brainer, but there are many reasons why you might be better off declining.</p> <h2>1. You Wouldn't Be Doing What You Want to Do</h2> <p>You went into engineering because you really love using technical skills to build things and solve problems. But now you're a manager, and you spend more time in budget meetings and strategy sessions than actually working on projects. Promotions can bring some extra money and influence, but what's the point if you're not doing something you enjoy &mdash; or worse, if you're being derailed from your intended career path?</p> <h2>2. Your Job Might Actually Become Less Secure</h2> <p>It seems a bit counterintuitive that a promotion would actually make you more vulnerable to a layoff, but it is possible. It's often more cost-effective for companies to get rid of a layer of management than lay off workers in the lower rung. There's also a perception &mdash; right or wrong &mdash; that <a href="http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/caught-in-the-middle-rising-unemployment-takes-its-toll-on-older-managers/">middle managers aren't tech savvy</a>, and are therefore more dispensable.</p> <h2>3. You Would Have No Real Authority, But Would Be Accountable</h2> <p>So you got that promotion and now have some employees reporting to you. But you may find it frustrating to learn that while you're accountable for your department's performance, there are outside factors that impact your ability to control outcomes. Before accepting a promotion, try to gauge how much input you will actually have on key decisions.</p> <h2>4. It Would Require a Relocation</h2> <p>You've been offered an opportunity to move up in the company, but there's a catch: You need to move to Portland, Oregon. Now, Portland is a lovely city, but you're from Baltimore, and so are all of your friends and family. Living in Portland may be a little pricier, and the city doesn't even have a Major League Baseball team! For some people, moving for work is a fun adventure, but for many others, the change in location might not be worth it.</p> <h2>5. It Would Be a Promotion in Name Only</h2> <p>Some companies like to add &quot;senior&quot; to your title and give you a lot of extra responsibility. But does it come with extra pay or other perks? Is it really just a &quot;lateral&quot; move? If you're being saddled with extra work and stress but aren't being compensated for it, it may be the wrong kind of &quot;promotion.&quot; Occasionally, this is okay if you're learning some new skills that will pay off down the road, but it's important to make sure your employer isn't taking advantage of you.</p> <h2>6. You Don't Plan to Stay With the Company</h2> <p>Let's say you've been fantasizing for years about opening your own gourmet donut shop, and are about six months away from having enough money saved for it. Then your employer calls and offers you a big promotion. Do you accept the offer, knowing that you were on the verge of leaving to pursue your dream? Taking a promotion when you're a short timer is pointless &mdash; and is unfair to the employer. This is also good advice for someone who is considering leaving a company due to its shaky finances. If you weren't confident in the company before, getting a new title and bigger paycheck isn't going to change matters.</p> <h2>7. You'd Be Asked to Fix the Unfixable</h2> <p>I once had a friend who took a job to turn around a struggling division. He saw it as an opportunity to show off some leadership skills and execute his own vision. In a short time, however, he learned that the division's problems were so deep that they were beyond his ability to repair. Occasionally, higher-ups might give credit to an employee for making the best of a bad situation, but it's often just misery with no happy ending. Don't accept a promotion to &quot;save&quot; something that is beyond saving.</p> <h2>8. Your Work-Life Balance Would Suffer</h2> <p>Is this new job going to require longer hours at the office? Will you be on the road constantly? Will you constantly be on call? You may be at a point in your life when you need to be home more often to care for kids or an elderly parent. Or maybe you just want more time to pursue various interests. CNBC last year reported on some&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/101755874">dads who declined promotions</a> because they wanted to spend more time with their families. You should not be so reliant on that extra paycheck that you're willing to sacrifice the quality of your non-work life.</p> <h2>9. You're Not Qualified</h2> <p>It's great to take on a new challenge, but it's important to be honest about your own talents and experience. We may be conditioned to fight off a fear of failure, but there are instances when those fears may be valid. If you enter into a job without the right skill set, you could find yourself with no career at all.</p> <h2>10. The Only Reason You're Considering It Is for the Money</h2> <p>A better paycheck is great motivation to climb the corporate ladder, but if it's the only reason you're even thinking about taking the job, turn it down &mdash; assuming the money isn't really needed.</p> <h2>11. The Job Doesn't Align With Your Values</h2> <p>If you're a vegetarian, would you enjoy being in charge of a marketing campaign for the beef industry? If you're a Quaker, could you be an engineer of a major weapons system? We all have values and beliefs that guide us, and working in any job that's contrary to those beliefs can make us miserable.</p> <h2>12. It's a Dead End</h2> <p>You may think that moving up the ladder is always good thing, but it's important to also think of the next step. Do you see a potential path to other opportunities within the company? Does this new job really add anything to your resumé? If you lose this job, will you be able to easily find a new one in the same field?</p> <p><em>Have you ever turned down a promotion? If so, why?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-sluggish-workday-go-a-lot-faster">How to Make Your Sluggish Workday Go (a Lot) Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoiding-grass-is-always-greener-syndrome">Avoiding grass-is-always-greener syndrome</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money">10 Depressing Jobs That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-working-from-home-can-save-and-cost-you-big">10 Ways Working From Home Can Save (And Cost) You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-plain-text-resume-to-apply-for-jobs-online">Why You Need a Plain Text Resume to Apply for Jobs Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income careers job market jobs promotions Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:00:05 +0000 Tim Lemke 1304052 at http://www.wisebread.com The 15 Coolest Silicon Valley Job Perks You Wish You Had http://www.wisebread.com/the-15-coolest-silicon-valley-job-perks-you-wish-you-had <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-15-coolest-silicon-valley-job-perks-you-wish-you-had" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000052955122_Large.jpg" alt="coworker friends coffee" title="coworker friends coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So your job offers the full slate of benefits &mdash; dental, vision, 401(k)? Unimpressive.</p> <p>Skilled tech workers are in such high demand in Silicon Valley that the typical employee benefit package is just the beginning for many firms. As they compete for workers &mdash; and for media attention &mdash; companies have reached beyond once-novel perks such as on-site gourmet meals and dry cleaning. Nowadays, it's a race to see whose office is the most like a playspace, who soothes employees' work/life struggles the most handily, and sometimes, whose perks are the most outlandish.</p> <p>Here's a rundown of the coolest job perks you might enjoy if you get hired by a technology company in or around Silicon Valley.</p> <h2>1. Here Today, Gauntlet Tomorrow</h2> <p>Having a few working vintage video game cabinets around is nothing new for Silicon Valley, but a company called All You Can Arcade has enabled some companies to up the ante. All You Can Arcade <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Old-arcade-games-getting-a-2nd-life-4718864.php">rents out classic games</a> by the month, and will switch out Millipede for Donkey Kong as soon as employees get bored.</p> <h2>2. A Room of One's Ohm</h2> <p>Impact Hub Oakland, a co-working space, offers members a meditation room as well as desks and conference rooms. At Eventbrite, the Zen Room can be used for getting a massage or napping as well as meditating.</p> <h2>3. Trike Time</h2> <p>When introducing the concept of &quot;funnovation&quot; to its staff, Ask.com bought some <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Ask-com-is-using-funnovation-to-stay-relevant-4362093.php">adult-sized Big Wheel bikes</a> for hallway drag races. Yes, there have been accidents, but no major carnage was reported.</p> <h2>4. Janitors Who Make House Calls</h2> <p>Redwood City's Evernote provides a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/08/business/phil-libin-of-evernote-on-its-unusual-corporate-culture.html?pagewanted=2&amp;_r=3&amp;smid=fb-share">twice-monthly cleaner</a> to all full time employees to help them make the most of their off hours.</p> <h2>5. Eggs on Ice</h2> <p>Many Silicon Valley companies offer fertility treatments as part of their health benefit plans, but Apple recently upped the ante by paying for female employees to <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/perk-facebook-apple-now-pay-women-freeze-eggs-n225011">freeze their eggs</a> to ensure future fertility. Facebook added egg freezing to its benefits coverage, too.</p> <h2>6. Free Food 2.0</h2> <p>Free meals at work is so 1999. Facebook and Genentech are among the companies that also provide employees with <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/20/us/in-silicon-valley-perks-now-begin-at-home.html?pagewanted=all">dinners to take home</a> to the family. And when you do eat at work, expect to eat in a restaurant with a name, like Facebook's Epic Cafe, headed by a chef <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-07-04/silicon-valley-perks/56021130/1">lured away from a nice restaurant</a>. And a specialty butcher. And a free candy shop.</p> <h2>7. Clothes That Don't Stink</h2> <p>Facebook offers free wash-and-fold service.</p> <h2>8. Haircuts</h2> <p>Facebook again. Remind me to send them my resume.</p> <h2>9. Unlimited Vacation</h2> <p>Netflix <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304203304576446303194747300">stopped tracking workers' vacation</a> days back in 2004, and since then unlimited vacation has become trendy with tech companies. But critics point out that having no set number on vacation days may lead employees to take less time away.</p> <h2>10. Vacation Cash</h2> <p>Evernote encourages employees to use that unlimited vacation time by giving employees $1,000 to spend on the road, with the caveat that it has to be &quot;a real vacation.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;You can't visit the in-laws; you have to go somewhere,&quot; CEO Phil Libin told the New York Times. Airbnb also lists an &quot;annual travel credit&quot; as a perk.</p> <h2>11. Field Trip</h2> <p>In an unusual twist on the working vacation, Expensify takes its entire staff on a <a href="http://we.are.expensify.com/offshoring/">working vacation</a> for a month each year. So far they've temporarily relocated to Croatia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Turkey, India, and Mexico.</p> <h2>12. Baby Cash</h2> <p>Google offers new parents $500 &quot;baby bonding bucks,&quot; but that's nothing compared to Facebook's $4,000.</p> <h2>13. Parental Leave</h2> <p>That might not seem like a cool perk, until you realize that most U.S. companies provide new parents with <em>no paid leave at all</em>. But at Facebook and Reddit, you can get four months of <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/05/silicon-valley-maternity-leave-paternity-leave">maternity or paternity leave</a>.</p> <h2>14. Secret Room</h2> <p>San Francisco's Weebly's headquarters has a history linked to Prohibition, leaving it with a <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/05/tc-cribs-a-look-inside-weebly-the-land-of-prohibition-era-tunnels-and-shh-secret-rooms/">secret meeting room</a> behind a bookshelf and a network of tunnels employees can explore.</p> <h2>15. Jam Room</h2> <p>Weebly advertises a &quot;fully equipped jam room&quot; for employees with musical proclivities. At Social Print Studios, the jam room allows for recording songs or videos.</p> <p><em>So when are we moving to Silicon Valley?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-15-coolest-silicon-valley-job-perks-you-wish-you-had">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-perks-you-should-be-demanding-from-your-employer">6 Perks You Should Be Demanding From Your Employer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-companies-ever-woo-again">Will Companies Ever Woo Again?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money">10 Depressing Jobs That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion">12 Times You&#039;re Better Off Without a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-29-companies-with-the-best-maternity-benefits">The 29 Companies With the Best Maternity Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income benefits jobs perks Silicon Valley tech jobs Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:00:14 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1289631 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Signs You Should Quit Your Job http://www.wisebread.com/8-signs-you-should-quit-your-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-signs-you-should-quit-your-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stressed-officer-worker-Dollarphotoclub_57123877.jpg" alt="stressed worker" title="stressed worker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A startling number of Americans are unhappy in the workplace. Studies show that nearly three-quarters of corporate employees would realistically <a href="http://blog.timesunion.com/careers/career-trends-you-might-find-interesting/2867/?ref=seealso">consider finding a new job today</a> and more than half say they chose the wrong career to begin with. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-5-step-plan-to-quitting-your-job?ref=seealso">The 5-Step Plan to Quitting Your Job</a>)</p> <p>So how do you know when it's time to call it quits? Look for these eight sure-fire signs you should be moving on &mdash; and up &mdash; to better places.</p> <h2>1. You Don't See Eye to Eye With Your Boss</h2> <p>If the person who's supposed to be raising you up is bringing you down, it might be time to skedaddle. Studies show that <a href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10869-011-9253-2">bad bosses affect how your whole family relates to one another</a>, your physical health, and your morale while in the office. They also raise your risk for heart disease. No job is worth putting up with woes like that.</p> <h2>2. Your Commute Is Killing You</h2> <p>Americans spend more time commuting (100+ hours per year) than they do vacationing (80 hours), an unwelcome reality that triggers <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2011/05/your_commute_is_killing_you.html">neck pain, obesity, loneliness, divorce, stress, and insomnia</a>, according to research out of Sweden. So if the twice daily traffic jam is driving you mad &mdash; and tampering with your health and love life &mdash; then it's probably time to move closer to the office or launch a job search closer to your neighborhood.</p> <h2>3. Your Skills Aren't Being Tapped</h2> <p>If you're being underutilized, sooner or later you're going drift into a sea of boredom and indifference. That's not good for business, and it's not good for your professional growth, happiness, or self-esteem either. Here are the tell-tale signs: You've been skipped over for assignments that perfectly fit your skill set, you've been passed over for a promotion on more than one occasion, and your workload has been reduced or simplified.</p> <h2>4. You Want to Be Your Own Boss</h2> <p>A Business Insider survey found that <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/alanhall/2013/03/11/im-outta-here-why-2-million-americans-quit-every-month-and-5-steps-to-turn-the-epidemic-around/">22% of executives want to call it quits</a> and launch their own companies. Why? Because they want to do things their way. Among Generation X workers, the biggest reason for pursuing a solo enterprise is a deep distrust of corporations. All told, <a href="http://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/63-percent-of-20-somethings-want-to-own-a-business.html">63% of adults under 30 either own their own business or want to someday</a>, according to a University of Phoenix survey. Among those who are not already entrepreneurs, 55% hoped to be in the future.</p> <h2>5. Your Company Is on the Fritz</h2> <p>There's no need to go down with a sinking ship. If your company is on its way out, it might be wise to make your exit &mdash; sooner rather than later.</p> <h2>6. You Don't Believe in Your Work</h2> <p>If you're not proud of the work you're doing, it's probably time to make some adjustments so that you are. And if your work or your company's ideals are at all in conflict with your beliefs, be they religious, social, or otherwise, your time would be well spent to figure out how to reconcile that &mdash; which could mean finding a new job. You'll never reach your potential if you're doing something you don't stand behind 100%.</p> <h2>7. The Office Culture Is Toxic</h2> <p>If you've ever said, &quot;My job is killing me!&quot; &mdash; you could be right. Research shows that <a href="http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/10/study-your-hostile-workplace-may-be-killing-you/">people who work in hostile environments are more likely to die sooner</a> than those who work in atmospheres that are more favorable. Death aside, toxic work environments are known to provoke aches, stress, and signs of depression. While more favorable than death, these are symptoms no one should have to suffer.</p> <h2>8. Your Work-Life Balance Is Out of Whack</h2> <p>Work has a way of getting in the way of what, for many of us, matters most: family time. These numbers offer a glimpse at the epidemic: 55% of all employees say they don't have enough time for themselves, 67% of employed parents say they don't have enough time with their kids, and 63% of married employees say they don't have enough time with their spouse, according to <a href="http://www.familiesandwork.org/context-matters-insights-about-older-workers-from-the-national-study-of-the-changing-workforce/">Families and Work Institute's National Study of the Changing Workforce</a>. Striking the right balance is typically touch-and-go, but if you're severely under-serving yourself or your loved ones, it may be time to find a new job that offers more flexibility.</p> <p><em>Have you ever quit a job? Why? Please tell us about how you stopped taking it anymore in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-signs-you-should-quit-your-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-first-5-things-you-must-do-after-getting-laid-off">The First 5 Things You Must Do After Getting Laid Off</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-worst-things-good-employees-do">The 8 Worst Things Good Employees Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money">10 Depressing Jobs That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-long-can-you-really-live-on-unemployment">How Long Can You Really Live on Unemployment?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming">You’re Fired! 20 Signs That a Pink Slip is Coming</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income fired jobs layoff quitting stress work-life balance Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:00:08 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1266969 at http://www.wisebread.com Robots Will Take Over These 5 Jobs Soon — Is One of Them Yours? http://www.wisebread.com/robots-will-take-over-these-5-jobs-soon-is-one-of-them-yours <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/robots-will-take-over-these-5-jobs-soon-is-one-of-them-yours" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/self-driving-car.jpg" alt="self driving car" title="self driving car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Machine laborers are on the rise with a record <a href="http://www.techswarm.com/2014/07/robotics-industry-notches-record-sales.html">14,135 robots ordered from North American robotics companies in the first half of 2014</a>, an increase of 30% in units over the same period in 2013. Why hire robots instead of people? They don't get bored, they make fewer mistakes, and they are cheaper.</p> <p>In fact, experts predict that several <a href="http://www.techswarm.com/2014/08/debate-rages-over-impact-of-robots-and.html">industries will be fully outsourced to robots by 2045</a>. Here are five of the jobs that are likely to disappear in a near future due to robots.</p> <h2>1. Sewing Machine Operator</h2> <p>Take a look at your favorite dress shirt. Somebody had to sew it all together, insert the buttons, and apply all the tiny details. This industry is very close to disappearing in the United States. In fact, since 1997, the industry's <a href="http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/occguide/sewingop.htm">employment outlook has been bleak</a>.</p> <p>In 2012, the numbers of sewing machine operators <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2012/02/07/jobs-outlook-disappearing-dying-careers-outsourced-eliminated/">declined by 42,100 jobs, or 26%</a>. Even a major company, such as American Apparel, was looking only for <a href="http://www.americanapparel.net/careers/apply/?opportunity_id=2427">two sewing machine operators</a> in August 2014. These jobs are less attractive to potential employees because a search on Indeed on August 2014 shows that about <a href="http://www.indeed.com/q-Sewing-Machine-Operator-jobs.html">57% of them pay about $20,000 per year</a>.</p> <p>Don't think a robot could do it better? Watch this <a href="http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-03/video-adorable-laundry-folding-robot-gives-special-love-rectangular-pieces-cloth">robot fold a towel</a>. Companies are enticed to buy robots in this and other industries due to applicable <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2010/03/15/smallbusiness/small_business_section179_tax_credit/">stimulus tax credits</a>. Some recently outsourced jobs are coming back to America, but to done by American robots!</p> <h2>2. Mail Processor</h2> <p>Does your job consist of sorting DVDs and games for Netflix or GameFly? Hopefully not.</p> <p>At its highest point, <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2011/03/the-cost-difference-in-mailing-netflx-vs-gamefly-all-of-gameflys-profits/">Netflix operated 58 distribution centers</a> in the country. That number was <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-21/netflix-may-ditch-dvds-sooner-rather-than-later">down to 39 in 2013</a>. During that same time period, the number of RedBox kiosks has increased to about <a href="http://www.redbox.com/facts">35,900 locations in the U.S</a>. This means that close to 68% of the U.S. population is within a 5-minute drive of a Redbox kiosk, which is a tiny mail sorter robot.</p> <p>But what is more alarming to manual mail processors is the fact that two of the biggest employers of mail processors are replacing humans with robots.</p> <p>First, the Postal Service is constantly struggling to meet its mandatory annual prepayment of <a href="http://business.time.com/2013/02/07/how-healthcare-expenses-cost-us-saturday-postal-delivery/">$5.5 billion in health care benefits for future retirees</a>. Most suggested solutions involve either:</p> <ul> <li>Reducing the number of delivery days from six to five, which in turn reduces the number of people using USPS, so fewer clerks, mail sorters, and processors would be needed.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Moving stand-alone post offices into smaller retail spaces, which builds a strong case for centralization and automation of the process.</li> </ul> <p>And the third solution? Robots, such as <a href="http://www.rethinkrobotics.com">Baxter</a>, available for about $22,000. In the future it may make sense to replace human mail sorters and processors with robotic ones. After all, hiring new USPS employees also increases pension costs.</p> <p>Already Amazon uses <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304724404577291903244796214">orange robots from Kiva</a> to dramatically cut costs in its fulfillment and shipping centers. In 2014, the company announced that it has deployed <a href="http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/183254-amazon-deploys-10000-robot-workers-a-year-after-obamas-famous-amazon-jobs-speech">10,000 robots</a>. A warehouse equipped with Kiva robots can handle <a href="http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/515926/how-technology-is-destroying-jobs/">up to four times as many orders</a> as a similar one without the orange little helpers. Sorry human, you do not compute.</p> <h2>3. Mail Delivery Carrier</h2> <p>The postal carrier can't catch a break.</p> <p>Even USPS's <a href="https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-facts/one-day-by-the-numbers.htm">7,559 letter carriers</a> (known as &quot;the Fleet of Feet&quot;) have no job security in the future. With Amazon testing its <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b?node=8037720011">Amazon Prime Air</a> delivery service (a.k.a. &quot;delivery by drone&quot;), we may be not too far away from a future in which we may not need a person to physically deliver a letter or package.</p> <p>And Amazon is not alone in this. Google X, a division of Google that works on &quot;moonshot&quot; projects, is currently working on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRTNvWcx9Oo">Project Wing</a>, which is also aimed at <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/08/29/google-project-wing-design/">unmanned drone delivery</a>.</p> <p>Imagine this: You order a product online, Baxter puts together your shipment, Kiva fetches the package, and Betty the Drone delivers your order to your doorstep.</p> <h2>4. Pharmacist Clerk</h2> <p>Since 2011, the UCSF Medical Center has operated a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oumlYbwfAsI">robotic pharmacy</a>. This automated service has prepared and delivered <a href="http://support.ucsf.edu/news/ucsf-robotic-pharmacy-leads-pack">over 350,000 doses of medication without a single error</a>. The assistant director of pharmaceutical services for the UCSF Medical Center claims that the <a href="http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2011/11/10976/ucsf-automated-pharmacy-wins-2011-popular-science-best-whats-new-award">robotic pharmacists not only increase the safety</a> of dispensing medications to patients, but also allow nurses to focus more on patient care.</p> <p>As UCSF continues to push the envelope in autonomous prescription delivery, it is just a matter of time until private corporations test drive this service to cut down on costs.</p> <h2>5. Cab Driver</h2> <p>As of 2011, Google's fleet of <a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/how-google-self-driving-car-works">self-driving cars had logged over 190,000 miles</a>. There have been <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMdcWHnbhsw">tests in closed courses with humans on board</a> of Google's cars and even on open roads on <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/what-were-driving-at.html">Hollywood Boulevard and in Santa Monica</a>.</p> <p>While there are many <a href="http://gizmodo.com/6-simple-things-googles-self-driving-car-still-cant-han-1628040470">obstacles to widespread acceptance of the self-driving vehicle</a>, the main one is legal. There is no clear legal framework on how to handle events such as accidents and property damage involving robotic cars. Currently, driverless cars are allowed for public road testing in California, Michigan, Florida, and Nevada.</p> <p>Still, demand for driverless cars may force things to speed up. <a href="http://www.google.com/about/careers/lifeatgoogle/self-driving-car-test-steve-mahan.html">Running errands with a robotic driver</a> just looks too cool. Ford expects <a href="http://thenewsherald.com/articles/2014/01/28/news/doc52e31570ad7c9920963487.txt">autonomous vehicles on the market</a> by 2025. Daimler, BMW, General Motors, and Renault are much more bullish and forecast that year to be as early as 2020.</p> <p><em>What other jobs do you think won't exist soon due to robots? Please welcome our robotic overlords in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/robots-will-take-over-these-5-jobs-soon-is-one-of-them-yours">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-depressing-jobs-that-arent-worth-the-money">10 Depressing Jobs That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-times-youre-better-off-without-a-promotion">12 Times You&#039;re Better Off Without a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-working-from-home-can-save-and-cost-you-big">10 Ways Working From Home Can Save (And Cost) You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-plain-text-resume-to-apply-for-jobs-online">Why You Need a Plain Text Resume to Apply for Jobs Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-sluggish-workday-go-a-lot-faster">How to Make Your Sluggish Workday Go (a Lot) Faster</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income future jobs lay-off robots Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:00:09 +0000 Damian Davila 1207166 at http://www.wisebread.com