18 high-paying non-desk jobs





Hundreds of non-desk jobs continue to grow and thrive, according to a new analysis of labor market data from CareerBuilder.
When you think about the average job, you probably picture a worker at a desk typing away at a computer all day. But if the idea of spending 40-plus hours a week in a cubicle doesn't sound like your idea of a perfect work environment, don't fret. There are careers across a variety of industries that have you up on your feet, going from one location to the next, and meeting new people every day.
And we already know that these types of jobs may provide real mental and physical benefits—workers in non-desk jobs are two times less likely to complain about their work environment and significantly less likely to report being overweight.
A new CareerBuilder/Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. study shows that these jobs don't just offer great environments and a slimmer waistline—they can offer bigger paychecks.

Where the high-paying non-desk jobs areWhile 90 percent of the 20 highest paying non-desk jobs are in health care and most require a doctoral or professional degree, many of the fast-growing non-desk jobs don't require a four-year degree and several provide a career path that leads to the middle class.
"The U.S. workforce has gradually shifted to office-based work due to the rise of the professional services economy and productivity gains associated with information technology," says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "But some of the healthiest areas of job growth year-after-year are in middle-skill occupations that don't require workers to sit in front of computer monitors and phones for 40-hours a week."

Some of the best paying non-desk jobs, no four-year degree requiredThe analysis found that there are 170 non-desk jobs that pay $15 per hour or more on average, don't require a four-year degree for a typical entry-level position, and have grown 6 percent from 2010-2014.

Here are the top-paying non-desk occupations in various categories.

Median hourly earnings
2010-2014 job growth
Health care occupations
1. Dental hygienist
$34.19
9%
2. Diagnostic medical sonographer
$31.93
15%
3. Occupational therapy assistant
$26.57
14%
Construction and extraction occupations
4. Elevator installer and repairer
$37.81
6%
5. Boilermaker
$27.74
6%
6. Rotary drill operator, oil and gas
$24.79
47%
Installation and maintenance occupations
7. Electrical power-line installer and repairer
$30.85
7%
8. Avionics technician*
$26.92
6%
9. Signal and track switch repairer
$26.75
11%
Architecture and engineering occupations
10. Mechanical engineering technician
$25.19
10%
11. Industrial engineering technician
$25.01
6%
12. Electro-mechanical technician
$24.68
8%
Green energy occupations
13. Wind turbine service technician
$23.79
21%
14. Solar photovoltaic installer
$19.04
22%
Miscellaneous non-desk occupations
15. Locksmith
$18.25
10%
16. Massage therapist
$17.27
17%
17. Travel guide
$16.26
7%
18. Fitness trainer and aerobics instructor
$15.88
8%

Companies Hiring Week of 5/26

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1. Bob's Discount Furniture
Industry: Retail
Sample job titles: Retail office manager, sales associate, sales consultant, retail warehouse associate, Loss prevention manager, retail cafe associate
Location: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia

2. CityTwist
Industry: Sales (direct mail/email advertising)
Sample job titles: Appointment setter, Web developer, inside sales representative, network administrator
Location: Nationwide

3. Education Management Corporation
Industry: Education
Sample job titles: Instructor, admissions, career services, financial aid, marketing
Location: Nationwide

4. Graphic Packaging
Industry: Packaging
Sample job titles: Plant superintendent/supervisor, process engineer, reliability engineer, maintenance technician, buyer
Location: Nationwide

5. H&M
Industry: Fashion retail
Sample job titles: Store manager, department manager, merchandiser, marketing analyst, supply chain controller, district controller
Location: Nationwide

6. Iron Mountain
Industry: Storage and warehousing
Sample job titles: Transportation supervisor, operations manager, courier - CDL B, business support specialist, senior accountant, business development representative, record center specialist, vault specialist, ROI specialist, marketing specialist, manager, data center services
Location: Boston; Houston; Boyers, Collegeville, Allentown, Sharon Hill and Royersford, Pa.; Phoenix; Denver; Cerritos, Pico Rivera, Sacramento, Sunnyvale and Union City, Calif.; Jersey City, N.J.; Portland, Ore.; Birmingham, Ala.; Duluth, Atlanta and Norcross, Ga.; Addison and Chicago, Ill.; Las Vegas; Canton and Livonia, Mich.; Des Moines, Iowa; Kent, Wash.; Louisville, Ky.; Northborough, Mass.; Columbus and West Chester, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Orlando, Fla.; Springfield, Va.; Carrollton, Texas

7. QBE North America
Industry: Insurance
Sample job titles: Underwriter, risk management analyst, claims specialist, accountant, claims adjuster – crop, associate insurance operations representative, database engineer
Location: New York, California, Wisconsin, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Indiana

8. Rockwell Automation
Industry: Industrial automation
Sample job titles: Software engineer, financial analyst, maintenance technician, field support engineer, sales manager
Location: Nationwide

9. U-Haul International
Industry: Moving and storage
Sample job titles: General manager, roadside customer service, moonlighter customer service, claims adjuster, maintenance technicians
Location: Arizona, Louisiana, California, Nebraska

10. Valspar Corporation
Industry: Paint and industrial coatings
Sample job titles: Territory manager, mobile paint specialist, customer service manager

Here's the Salary You Have to Earn to Buy a Home in 15 Major US Cities

Want to buy a house in San Francisco? Hope you're making bank.


15. Philadelphia

1/15

Population: 1,517,628
Median Home Price: $204,900
Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,138
Salary Needed To Buy: $49,000

14. Houston

2/15

Population: 2,076,189
Median Home Price: $200,300
Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,158
Salary Needed To Buy: $50,000

13. Baltimore

3/15

Population: 640,064
Median Home Price: $233,100
Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,172
Salary Needed To Buy: $50,500

12. Chicago

4/15

Population: 2,824,584
Median Home Price: $191,500
Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,247
Salary Needed To Buy: $53,500

11. Sacramento

5/15

Population: 479,686
Median Home Price: $275,800
Monthly Mortgage Payment: $1,364
Salary Needed To Buy: $58,500

Companies hiring: Week of 5/19




JOB SEEKERS, HERE IS OUR WEEKLY LIST OF 10 COMPANIES THAT ARE HIRING NOW. CLICK ON THE COMPANY NAMES BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT EACH COMPANY.

1. AppenIndustry: Language technology
Sample job titles: Social media evaluator, Web search evaluator
Location: Telecommute
2. BAYADA Home Health Care
Industry: Home health care
Sample job titles: Registered nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, home health aide, certified home health aide, office director, clinical manager, marketing manager
Location: Nationwide
3. CityTwist
Industry: Sales (direct mail/email advertising)
Sample job titles: Appointment setter, Web developer, inside sales representative, network administrator
Location: Nationwide
4. H&M
Industry: Fashion retail
Store manager, department manager, merchandiser, marketing analyst, supply chain controller, district controller
Nationwide
5. MAPFRE Insurance
Industry: Insurance
Underwriting analyst, support services representative, systems analyst, sales service representative, programmer/analyst, manager, personal lines regional underwriting/processing, insurance service center representative, manager – compensation, business analyst II, auto claims adjuster, appraiser, material damage
Location: Webster, Mass.; Bell and Santa Ana, Calif.; Jacksonville and Miami, Fla.; Columbus and Powell, Ohio; Gilbert, Ariz.
6. Orbital ATK
Aerospace and defense
Principal storage architect, buyer, Sr. maintenance manager
Plymouth, Minn.; Clearfield, Utah; Fort Worth, Texas
7. Principle Solutions Group
Industry: IT staffing
Web designer
Nationwide
8. Rockwell Automation
Industrial automation
Software engineer, financial analyst, maintenance technician, field support engineer, sales manager
Nationwide
9. Strattec Security Corporation
Manufacturing
Tool and die - mold, tool and die – stamping, quality engineer 2, senior buyer
Detroit, Milwaukee
10. Valspar Corporation
Paint and industrial coatings
Territory manager, mobile paint specialist, customer service manager
Minneapolis; Bowling Green, Ky.; Macon, Ga.; Charlotte, N.C.

The 25 Best Cities for Job Seekers Right Now

Top honors go to Raleigh, NC
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By Jacquelyn Smith

If you've been unsuccessful in your job search, it might be time to start looking in other parts of the country.
But before you pack up and go, you'll want to consider which cities have the best career opportunities, the happiest workers, and the lowest cost of living.
To help, online careers community Glassdoor just released its latest report on the 25 best cities for jobs right now.
These metro areas stand out for having the highest Glassdoor "Job Score," which was determined by weighting three factors equally: how easy it is to get a job (hiring opportunity), how affordable it is to live there (cost of living), and how satisfied employees are working there (job satisfaction), on a five-point scale.

Click here for the full methodology.    

1. Raleigh, NC – Glassdoor Job Score: 4.1
Number of Job Openings: 24,146
Population: 1,242,974
Median Base Salary: $50,950
Median Home Value: $198,400
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

2. Kansas City, MO – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9
Number of Job Openings: 28,786
Population: 2,071,133
Median Base Salary: $46,000
Median Home Value: $138,500
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

3. Oklahoma City, OK – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9
Number of Job Openings: 16,759
Population: 1,336,767
Median Base Salary: $38,100
Median Home Value: $129,400
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

4. Austin, TX – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9
Number of Job Openings: 33,198
Population: 1,943,299
Median Base Salary: $50,000
Median Home Value: $226,400
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

5. Seattle, WA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9
Number of Job Openings: 69,423
Population: 3,671,478
Median Base Salary: $70,000
Median Home Value: $344,700
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

6. Salt Lake City, UT – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.8
Number of Job Openings: 17,970
Population: 1,153,340
Median Base Salary: $44,000
Median Home Value: $224,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4

7. San Jose, CA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7
Number of Job Openings: 51,439
Population: 1,952,872
Median Base Salary: $99,000
Median Home Value: $863,800
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5

8. Louisville, KY – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7
Number of Job Openings: 16,295
Population: 1,269,702
Median Base Salary: $40,000
Median Home Value: $131,100
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

9. San Antonio, TX – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7
Number of Job Openings: 29,980
Population: 2,328,652
Median Base Salary: $40,000
Median Home Value: $147,600
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

10. Washington, D.C. – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7
Number of Job Openings: 116,770
Population: 6,033,737
Median Base Salary: $61,000
Median Home Value: $361,200
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4

11. St. Louis, MO – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7
Number of Job Openings: 31,365
Population: 2,806,207
Median Base Salary: $45,000
Median Home Value: $133,200
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

12. San Francisco, CA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7
Number of Job Openings: 94,933
Population: 4,594,060
Median Base Salary: $70,000
Median Home Value: $728,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5

13. Columbus, OH – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6
Number of Job Openings: 25,242
Population: 1,994,536
Median Base Salary: $43,000
Median Home Value: $146,700
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

14. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6
Number of Job Openings: 102,311
Population: 6,954,330
Median Base Salary: $50,000
Median Home Value: $157,900
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

15. Boston, MA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6
Number of Job Openings: 86,565
Population: 4,732,161
Median Base Salary: $56,000
Median Home Value: $367,600
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4

16. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6
Number of Job Openings: 48,231
Population: 3,495,176
Median Base Salary: $52,000
Median Home Value: $210,300
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

17. Atlanta, GA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.5
Number of Job Openings: 69,642
Population: 5,614,323
Median Base Salary: $49,180
Median Home Value: $155,200
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

18. Memphis, TN – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.4
Number of Job Openings: 14,776
Population: 1,343,230
Median Base Salary: $42,000
Median Home Value: $107,000
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

19. Indianapolis, IN – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3
Number of Job Openings: 23,863
Population: 1,971,274
Median Base Salary: $44,000
Median Home Value: $130,100
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

20. Chicago, IL – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3
Number of Job Openings: 124,633
Population: 9,554,598
Median Base Salary: $50,000
Median Home Value: $186,900
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

21. Houston, TX – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3
Number of Job Openings: 74,442
Population: 6,490,180
Median Base Salary: $52,000
Median Home Value: $157,900
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

22. Baltimore, MD – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3
Number of Job Openings: 45,558
Population: 2,785,874
Median Base Salary: $46,000
Median Home Value: $244,100
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

23. Richmond, VA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.2
Number of Job Openings: 17,933
Population: 1,260,029
Median Base Salary: $45,000
Median Home Value: $186,300
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

24. Pittsburgh, PA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.1
Number of Job Openings: 29,456
Population: 2,355,968
Median Base Salary: $43,000
Median Home Value: $124,500
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.1

25. Nashville, TN – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.1
Number of Job Openings: 27,850
Population: 1,792,649
Median Base Salary: $41,600
Median Home Value: $176,700
Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2
How 50 Cities Compare for Jobs                                        


The Most Flexible Companies to Work for in America

Cisco Systems tops list as most telecommuting-friendly employer


The 10 Best Cities to Start Your Career

150 most populous US cities ranked by professional opportunities


The 25 Most Diverse Companies in the US

Companies ranked by diversity in gender and race, equity in recruitment


To find the companies that are doing this particularly well, DiversityInc invited thousands of companies to fill out a survey with roughly 300 questions. Over 1,600 companies participated in this year's survey, which measured human capital in seven variables, including gender and race; fairness and equity from recruitment to development and retention; and supplier diversity.

"If you're looking for job, or an investment opportunity, or a company to do business with, this list is very important," Visconti says. "It's metrics-driven, and the ranking primarily reflects fairness in human capital results, including five levels of management."

Here are the 25 most diverse companies in the US:



The DiversityInc Top 50 companies are significantly more diverse than the average American corporation. Compared with statistics from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, these companies have 20% more Blacks, Latinos, and Asians in management, and 13% more women. At the top 10 companies, the contrast is even greater, with 41% more Blacks, Latinos, and Asians, and 46% more women than the average US company.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation ranks No. 1 this year.

14 Surprising Jobs That Robots Are Doing

Actors? Waiters? The next machine age is coming.


Actors
Engineered Arts, a British company, has created a fully interactive and multilingual robot called the RoboThespian. Controlled by a tablet, it can hold eye contact, guess a person's mood and age, break into song, and will soon be able to walk, hop, and jump.

In addition to performing on stage - including taking the lead role in new a production of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis - the RoboThespian gives guided tours to the public at museums, science centers, and other visitor attractions.

Anesthesiologists
White collar jobs are not immune to the Second Machine Age. Anesthesiologists, who are the highest-paying professionals in America, could be pushed out of the room now that Johnson & Johnson has developed a system called Sedasys, which delivers low-level anesthesia at a much cheaper price.

The FDA approved Sedasys for patients 18 and older, but several anesthesiologists are sounding the alarm and challenging the safety of the technology.

Bellhops
Aloft Hotel in Cupertino, California, is enhancing customer service thanks to their newest employee: a robotic bellhop named Botlr.

Designed by the Silicon Valley startup Savioke, Botlr, which has a camera and other sensors, independently delivers items from the hotel lobby to guest rooms. It makes its way to the elevator, sends a command for the door to open, travels to its destination to make the delivery, and plugs itself into a recharging station after completing the errand.

Chefs
A noodle-slicing robot named Foxbot can be found at Dazzling Noodles, an open-kitchen restaurant chain in North China's Shanxi province. Not only does Foxbot make the perfect knife-cut noodles, a specialty of Shanxi, but it does it faster than any human hand and can clean itself.

There's another robot chef making crab bisque from scratch, thanks to 20 motors, 24 joints, and 129 sensors. The robot, designed by Moley Robotics, can complete the complicated dish in 30 minutes and even plates it.

Financial Analysts
Stock and equity analysts will be competing with smart machines that can precisely analyze and predict the behavior of investments.

Automated services called "Robo-advisers" are on the rise and starting to replace financial advisers and planners. One such example is SigFig, which uses algorithms to tailor portfolios for its customers.

Jockeys
Camel racing is one of the oldest traditions in the Middle East, but the ancient pastime is undergoing a modern makeover. Historically, lightweight children as young as two or three years old were used as jockeys, until it was outlawed in 2002.

Robot jockeys were introduced in 2003. They were cumbersome and heavy a decade ago, but today, the remote controlled robots - which even resemble jockeys - weigh only a few pounds.

Musicians
Toyota has been experimenting with more than just cars; the automobile manufacturer has created a violin-playing robot that has 17 joints in its hands and arms, allowing it to achieve human-like dexterity. Toyota aims to introduce the robot to nursing homes and hospitals.

There's another robot rocking out called Z-Machines, a three-piece band with 78 fingers, 22 arms, and a surprisingly human sound.

Receptionists
Offices are hoping to cut costs on receptionists by introducing robot secretaries, such as Saya the secretary, developed by Japanese researchers. Saya can respond to questions and even hold a basic conversation with her 300 word and 700 phrase vocabulary.

Reporters
Before we know it, robots could be writing an article on humans in the workplace.

Associated Press has been automatically generating over 3,000 stories about US corporate earnings each quarter since June 2014. AP says that this automation of earnings reports is freeing up valuable reporting time and allowing their journalists to spend more time breaking bigger new stories. Another benefit: the automated earnings stories have fewer errors than the manually-written reports.

Retail Sales Associates
Developed by Toshiba Corp, the female humanoid named ChihiraAico can smile, sing, and never gets bored of welcoming customers to her upscale department store located in Tokyo, Japan.

She cannot answer questions, but can break into a rosy-lipped smile as customers approach and runs through a pre-recorded spiel.

Security Guards
The University of Birmingham has introduced a robot security guard named Bob, who patrols office headquarters and scans rooms using its 3D sensors and HD cameras.

The researchers emphasize that Bob will simply add support to security teams, rather than completely replace humans.

Soldiers
"Talon robots" - rugged platforms which can clear live grenades in addition to a variety of other tasks - have been in active military service since 2000.

More recently, robotic soldiers are being developed and tested. Within 30 years, robots could replace one fourth of combat soldiers, according to a US army general.

Surgeons
Surgeons already use automated systems to assist them with low-invasive procedures; but soon enough, robots could be equipped to complete certain surgeries on their own.

Robotic surgery would mean fewer complications, less pain and blood loss, quicker recovery, and less noticeable scars.

Waiters
Robot waiters are starting to pop up in various restaurants in China. The robots take orders, carry dishes to customers, and even offer simple greetings in Mandarin Chinese.

The 15 Best Jobs That Don't Require a Bachelor's Degree

You don't need a degree to earn a great living


To compile its list, CareerCast evaluated 200 professions across a variety of industries and skill levels to determine the highest-paying jobs with the best hiring outlook that don't require a bachelor's degree. It gathered data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau, trade-association studies, and other sources.

Skincare specialist

1/15

Annual median salary: $28,640
Projected hiring outlook by 2022: +40%

Companies Hiring in May

Opportunities in healthcare, retail, and more--just in time for graduation season


1. American Dental Partners
Industry: Health care – health services
Sample job titles: Dentist, oral surgeon, periodontist, endodontist, dental assistant, patient services representative, dental hygienist, practice manager, patient services representative, dental lab technician, hygienist
Location: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington

2. Appen
Industry: Language technology
Sample job titles: Social media evaluator, Web search evaluator
Location: Telecommute

3. BAYADA Home Health Care
Industry: Home health care
Sample job titles: Registered nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, home health aide, certified home health aide, office director, clinical manager, marketing manager
Location: Nationwide

4. Bob's Discount Furniture
Industry: Retail
Sample job titles: Retail office manager, sales associate, sales consultant, retail warehouse associate, Loss prevention manager, retail cafe associate
Location: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia

5. CityTwist
Industry: Sales (direct mail/email advertising)
Sample job titles: Appointment setter, Web developer, inside sales representative, network administrator
Location: Nationwide

6. Compact Power Equipment, Inc.
Industry: Construction machinery
Sample job titles: Mobile service technician, field service professional
Location: Nationwide

7. Education Management Corporation
Industry: Education
Sample job titles: Instructor, admissions, career services, financial aid, marketing
Location: Nationwide

8. Graphic Packaging
Industry: Packaging
Sample job titles: Plant superintendent/supervisor, process engineer, reliability engineer, maintenance technician, buyer
Location: Nationwide

9. H&M
Industry: Fashion retail
Sample job titles: Store manager, department manager, merchandiser, marketing analyst, supply chain controller, district controller
Location: Nationwide

10. Iron Mountain
Industry: Storage and warehousing
Sample job titles: Transportation supervisor, operations manager, courier - CDL B, business support specialist, senior accountant, business development representative, record center specialist, vault specialist, ROI specialist, marketing specialist, manager, data center services
Location: Boston; Houston; Boyers, Collegeville, Allentown, Sharon Hill and Royersford, Pa.; Phoenix; Denver; Cerritos, Pico Rivera, Sacramento, Sunnyvale and Union City, Calif.; Jersey City, N.J.; Portland, Ore.; Birmingham, Ala.; Duluth, Atlanta and Norcross, Ga.; Addison and Chicago, Ill.; Las Vegas; Canton and Livonia, Mich.; Des Moines, Iowa; Kent, Wash.; Louisville, Ky.; Northborough, Mass.; Columbus and West Chester, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Orlando, Fla.; Springfield, Va.; Carrollton, Texas

11. MAPFRE Insurance
Industry: Insurance
Sample job titles: Underwriting analyst, support services representative, systems analyst, sales service representative, programmer/analyst, manager, personal lines regional underwriting/processing, insurance service center representative, manager – compensation, business analyst II, auto claims adjuster, appraiser, material damage
Location: Webster, Mass.; Bell and Santa Ana, Calif.; Jacksonville and Miami, Fla.; Columbus and Powell, Ohio; Gilbert, Ariz.

12. Orbital ATK
Industry: Aerospace and defense
Sample job titles: Principal storage architect, buyer, Sr. maintenance manager
Location: Plymouth, Minn.; Clearfield, Utah; Fort Worth, Texas

13. Parallon Workforce Solutions
Industry: Health care staffing
Sample job titles: Travel nurse, registered nurse, per diem therapy, family practice physician
Location: Nationwide

14. Principle Solutions Group
Industry: IT staffing
Sample job titles: Web designer
Location: Nationwide

15. QBE North America
Industry: Insurance
Sample job titles: Underwriter, risk management analyst, claims specialist, accountant, claims adjuster – crop, associate insurance operations representative, database engineer
Location: New York, California, Wisconsin, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Indiana

16. Rockwell Automation
Industry: Industrial automation
Sample job titles: Software engineer, financial analyst, maintenance technician, field support engineer, sales manager
Location: Nationwide

17. Shane Co.
Industry: Retail
Sample job titles: Sales associate, customer service associate, jeweler, manager-in-training
Location: Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington

18. U-Haul International
Industry: Moving and storage
Sample job titles: General manager, roadside customer service, moonlighter customer service, claims adjuster, maintenance technicians
Location: Arizona, Louisiana, California, Nebraska

19. Valspar Corporation
Industry: Paint and industrial coatings
Sample job titles: Territory manager, mobile paint specialist, customer service manager
Location: Minneapolis; Bowling Green, Ky.; Macon, Ga.; Charlotte, N.C.

20. VanderHouwen and Associates, Inc.
Industry: Staffing and recruiting, IT, accounting and finance, engineering
Sample job titles: Sr. QA engineer, desktop administrator, pipeline automation engineer, mobile software developer, commercial collector, technical writer, business systems analyst, COBOL software developer, backup and recovery engineer, software engineer, .NET developer, application engineer, financial systems analyst, information system security engineer, helpdesk, consumer digital technology, Web developer, senior writer/project manager, IT security engineer, service development coordinator, technical recruiter, hardware engineer 3

The 26 Happiest Companies in America

Facebook shares a three-way tie for the top spot


The list is based on exclusive data from employer-information website PayScale, which surveyed employees in the US who work at companies that appeared on the 2014 Fortune 500 list. PayScale calculated scores for each company using six criteria: high job satisfaction, low job stress, ability to telecommute, high job meaning, experienced median pay/total cash compensation, and salary delta. We double-weighted pay to emphasize the importance of companies that pay their employees well.

When it came to happiness, PayScale asked employees at these companies, "How satisfied are you in your job?" Respondents could select "extremely satisfied" or "fairly satisfied." The higher the percentage of extremely satisfied workers, the higher the score that company received. (You can find the full methodology here.)

Check out our infographic for a full list of the happiest workers in America:

The 10 Best Jobs for Working Parents

User experience designer, actuary, and other high-paying, low-stress jobs


10. Business intelligence analyst

1/10

Median annual pay: $69,500
PayScale says: Business intelligence analysts use a lot of skills that are key in good parenting, like fostering communication between departments and aiding in cross-team collaboration. If you've ever settled an argument between feuding siblings, you can see the connection. With high job flexibility and low stress to boot, BI analysts earn their place on our list of best jobs for working parents.
Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 54
Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 84

9. Environmental engineer

2/10

Median annual pay: $64,200
PayScale says: Ninety percent of environmental engineers say their job is highly flexible, and more than half report low stress. That makes environmental engineer a natural job title on our list of the best jobs for parents. Bonus karma points: The work you do with this job title actually helps make the world a better place for your kids.
Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 51
Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 90

8. User experience designer

3/10

Median annual pay: $74,400
PayScale says: User experience (UX) designer is one of the hottest jobs in tech right now, and it's a great job for working parents. You can easily work from home while you're designing elegant ways for people to interact with software, and you earn a median salary of over $70,000.
Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 61
Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 76

7. Software developer

4/10

Median annual pay: $76,200
PayScale says: When nearly all of your job responsibilities involve pouring through thousands of lines of code, you can work from just about anywhere you want. This job is in high demand and gets high marks for flexibility and the ability to telecommute. So bone up on your coding skills!
Percentage who say this is a "low stress job": 61
Percentage who say this job offers high flexibility: 82

The Least Stressful Companies to Work for in America

Pacific Life Insurance tops the list, with nearly a third of employees reporting low stress

Business Insider

By Kathleen Elkins and Skye Gould

Man using laptop outside 


More stress means less productivity.

In fact, stressful employees can cost companies between $200 and $300 billion each year.

What's more, stress is contagious, making it even more critical for companies to create comfortable working conditions to keep their employees happy.

To find the least stressful employers in America, we looked at Business Insider's latest list of the 50 best companies to work for.  



For the second year in a row, Pacific Life Insurance topped the list, with nearly a third (32%) of employees reporting low stress, a significant jump from last year's 23.9%.

The list is based on exclusive data from employer-information website PayScale, which surveyed employees in the US who work at companies that appeared on the 2014 Fortune 500 list.

PayScale calculated scores for each company using six criteria: high job satisfaction, low job stress, ability to telecommute, high job meaning, experienced median pay/total cash compensation, and salary delta. We double-weighted pay to emphasize the importance of companies that compensate their employees well.

Job stress was based on a survey that asked employees, "How stressful is your job/work environment?" The higher percentage of employees who responded with "My job is Relaxing" or "Not stressful," the lower the stress. (Read the full methodology here.)

Here is the full list:

The 50 Best Places for New Dads to Work

Companies offering onsite childcare, great paternity leave policies, and more


The good news is, the conversation around paternity leave is "louder than ever," says Isaacs. "At the federal and state level, a number of measures are being adopted that will hopefully result in a nation-wide solution. We are seeing companies realize the importance of offering longer paid leave options to their workforce."

Fatherly decided to find the companies leading the race and spotlight those organizations for its new list of the Best Places To Work For New Dads.

"These employers are showing that offering new dads more paid time off can be a real competitive advantage - particularly as it relates to recruiting and retaining top talent," he says.

Google - which recently landed the No. 1 spot on Business Insider's ranking of the Best Companies To Work For In America - leads Fatherly's list thanks to its lengthy paternity leave (12 weeks, or 18 if you are the primary caregiver); flexibility policies; and onsite childcare at the Googleplex.

In addition, it has an impressive policy that in the event of your untimely death, your spouse will receive 50% of your salary for 10 years and all stock options, which vest immediately - and your kids will get $1,000 a month until they turn 19 (or 23 if they're full-time students). "Ensuring that your family is taken care of is something on the mind of every new dad," says Isaacs.

Here's the full list.

1. Google

2. Facebook

3. Bank of America

4. Patagonia

5. State Street

6. Genentech

7. LinkedIn

8. Arnold & Porter

9. Roche Diagnostics

10. Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC)

11. Twitter

12.Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

13. Yahoo

14. SAP

15. Salesforce

16. Microsoft

17. Discovery Communications

18. CA Technologies

19. Rackspace Hosting

20. Fannie Mae

21. WellStar Health System

22. Deloitte

23. TripAdvisor

24. Ryan LLC

25. Alston & Bird

26. Baker Donelson

27. McGraw Hill Financial

28. Northern Trust

29. Intuit

30. Ernst & Young LLP

31. The Container Store

32. Goldman Sachs

33. American Express

34. IBM

35 The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

36. Capital One Financial

37. Abbott

38. SAS

39. MasterCard

40. General Mills

41. KPMG

42. Scripps Health

43. Shake Shack

44. Procter & Gamble

45. Zappos

46. Zoetis

47. Ultimate Software

48. Bristol-Myers Squibb

49. Citi

50. Humana

"Facebook, which ranked No. 2, has the most impressive paternity leave policy of any company on the list with 17 weeks," says Isaacs. "Additionally, new parents receive $4,000 in 'baby cash' and subsidized childcare. It has a good work-from-home and flextime policy and, of course, it offers perks like nap rooms and free dry cleaning."

Rounding out the top 3 is Bank of America, which offers 12 weeks of paid leave plus another 14 weeks of unpaid leave for dads (if you can swing it). "In addition to leave, we liked their TelaDoc service, which lets you talk to a doctor by phone or video chat," he says.

Last year, millennials accounted for 80% of new parents. "Millennial dads are more engaged than ever in childcare and household responsibilities - and an ever-rising share of them believe that companies should offer paid leave," says Isaacs.

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