5 Highest Paying Jobs for Millennials 2015

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Choosing a career is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. Looking back, I really limited myself to the social sciences. I fell in love with history and political science, and stuck with that. I wish I were a bit more open-minded. I regret not exploring Science, Technology, Education & Mathematics (STEM) fields or even more creative fields. I’m a strong believer in following your passions, but achieving expert level in a SKILL is invaluable. I don’t recommend making your decision on a career based on money, but it should be a very strong factor. Especially if you plan to use student loans to pay for your education. The decision you make is sure to have an impact on the labor market. To help you along, I’ve put together a list of the highest paying jobs for millennials.

CareerCast recently released their first ever Best Jobs for Millennials. I noticed, not every job that ranks as one of the best for is paying big bucks. I recognize that millennials want to feel fulfilled by their work, while using their creativity. Unfortunately, we’re plagued by an enormous amount of student loan debt, which needs to be paid. Our focus has to be on fulfillment, creativity, and coins! A job that encompasses all three is hitting the jackpot.

Here are the 5 high paying jobs for Millennials:

5 High Paying Jobs for Millennials

1. Data Scientist

What they do: A data scientist is a job title for an employee or business intelligence (BI) consultant who excels at analyzing data, particularly large amounts of data, to help a business gain a competitive edge.

Median Annual salary: $124, 149

Outlook: Still in it’s infancy but highest competitive wages.

2. Advertising Account Executive

What they do: An advertising account executive (also know as an AE) in an advertising agency is often referred to as the “middle man” between the client and the creative department. This is quite the understatement, as a great account executive is the glue that holds the entire project together.

Median Annual Salary: $115, 750

Outlook: Millennials are in high demand as advertising account agents because of the firsthand insight into generational trends they can provide.

3. Software Engineer

What they do: Computer software engineers apply the principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis to the design, development, testing, and evaluation of the software and the systems that enable computers to perform their many applications.

Median Annual Salary: $93, 350

Outlook: Millennial software engineers in Silicon Valley have their pick of jobs, making for a very favorable hiring market.

4. Computer Systems Analyst

What they do: A systems analyst is responsible for researching, planning, coordinating and recommending software and system choices to meet an organization’s business requirements. The systems analyst plays a vital role in the systems development process.

Median Annual Salary: $79,680

Outlook: Tech-savvy of the millennial generation can benefit companies implementing computer systems analysis as a foundation for their organizations.

5. Statistician

What they do: Statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data and help solve real-world problems in business, engineering, the sciences, or other fields.

Median Annual Salary: 75,560

Outlook: Young statisticians’ skills are in demand, making this one of the top fields for Millennials.

Technology and data seems to be where the coins are. My first thought reviewing this list was, I don’t know how many black girls have actually chosen these careers but THEY SHOULD!! As millennials we’ve consumed technology and data from a very young age, now is the time to start moving from consumer to producer. So as you venture into making your career decisions, remember to consider the salary potential of your choice and don’t limit yourself!!

Have you considered the salary potential of your career choice?

Print & Fringe

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There is a real 70s vibe in the air this summer, and I’m loving it. I see a lot of fringe, on everything from shoes to jackets, lots of wide legged trousers, platform heels, belt bottoms, and bold prints. This trend is perfect for my personal style, it’s so feminine and timeless.

I was searching for a cute pair of fringe shoes in a neutral color, I happened to stumble onto this pair from Lulu’s. Fringe is an easy way to accomplish effortless chic, just add a fringe bag, shoe, or vest and you’re ready to go.

I’m also trying to infuse more bold prints into my wardrobe. I found this great printed top at H&M on sale, definitely a score! I added my vintage suede skirt and it all came together nicely.

Shoes: Lulu*s
Top: s/o (similar)
Skirt: Vintage (similar)’

Are you loving the 70s trend this summer?

Everything You Need to know about Millennials

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Millennials, the cohort of Americans born between 1980 and the mid-2000s are an exciting generation. The first generation to exceed the Baby Boomers, the most diverse generation to date, and amongst other things the generation to be shaped by technology. While there are substantial challenges to meet, no generation has been better equipped to overcome them than Millennials.

1. Millennials are the largest and most diverse generation in the U.S. population

Millennials, or those born from 1982 through 2000, now make up more than one quarter of the U.S. population (83.1 million), exceeding the 75.4 million Baby Boomers who were born from 1946 through 1964.

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Aside from their numbers, Millennials’ diversity sets them apart from other generations.

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2. Millennials have been shaped by technology.

Millennials are more connected to technology than previous generations and a quarter of Millennials believe that their relationship to technology is what makes their generation unique. While all generations have experienced technological advances, the sheer amount of computational power and access to information that Millennials have had at their fingertips since grade-school is unparalleled.

3. Millennials value community, family, and creativity in their work.

Millennials have close relationships with their parents, and as high school students, roughly half say that it is important to them to live close to their friends and family, compared with 29 percent of Baby Boomers and 40 percent of Generation Xers.

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Millennials are somewhat more likely than previous generations to report that they consider creativity to be a very important job feature.

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4. Millennials have invested in human capital more than previous generations.

More Millennials have a college degree than any other generation of young adults. 47 percent of 25 to 34 year-olds received a postsecondary degree (associates, bachelor’s, or graduate degree) and an additional 18 percent had completed some postsecondary education.

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With so many Millennials enrolling in college, there has been an unprecedented expansion of higher education to lower-income and underrepresented minority students.

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5. College-going Millennials are more likely to study social science and applied fields.

Millennials are more likely to study social science or applied fields—like communications, criminal justice, and library science—that do not fit into traditional liberal arts curricula.

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6. As college enrollments grow, more students rely on loans to pay for post-secondary education.

Total student outstanding loan debt surpassed $1 trillion by the end of the second quarter of 2014, making it the second largest category of household debt. In part, this increase in the aggregate level of outstanding student debt is due to greater enrollment among Millennials and to the changing composition of students, including a larger share of students from lower-income families who need to take out more loans.

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The defaults appear to be concentrated among borrowers who do not graduate from a four- year institution and those attending for-profit institutions. Since borrowers may also receive lower returns to their education from such institutions, the burden of paying back their loans may present an even greater financial challenge.

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7. Millennials are more likely to focus exclusively on studies instead of combining school and work.

Millennials, in particular, have been less likely to work while enrolled in high school. Since 2000, labor force participation rates among high school and college students have fallen more sharply than those who are not enrolled.The result is that more students are focused exclusively on their studies during school years. Focusing exclusively on school enables students to invest more time building skills that will be highly rewarded in the labor market later on.

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8. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, Millennials are much more likely to have health insurance coverage during their young adult years.

As a result of the Affordable Care Act, Millennials have much better health insurance options during their young adult years than past generations.

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9. Millennials will contend with the effects of starting their careers during a historic downturn for years to come.

Millennials are currently about a third of the labor force and, as a generation, they have faced substantial challenges in entering the workforce during the most pronounced downturn since the Great Recession.

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10. Investments in human capital are likely to have a substantial payoff for Millennials.

Recent college graduates continue to out-earn individuals with only a high school diploma, a gap that has been increasing over time.

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11. Working Millennials are staying with their early-career employers longer.

Millennials are sometimes characterized as lacking attachment or loyalty to their employers, but in fact, contrary to popular perceptions Millennials actually stay with their employers longer than Generation X workers did at the same ages

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12. Millennial women have more labor market equality than previous generations.

Millennials are not only the most highly educated U.S. generation to date, but a larger share of that increase has come from the educational attainment of women. Millennial women are attending college and attaining degrees in greater numbers than in the past.

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13. Millennials tend to get married later than previous generations.

As more young adults delay marriage, the fraction of young adults who are currently married has fallen. Millennials have continued on this path and are marrying later, with more of them remaining unmarried in their 20s.

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14. Millennials are less likely to be homeowners than young adults in previous generations.

Entering adulthood during the Great Recession and recovery has not only affected Millennials’ schooling and employment decisions, but also their housing and household formation patterns. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, the share of 18 to 34 year-olds living with their parents increased.

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Bree Newsome Removes Confederate Flag from South Carolina State Capital

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Woke up this morning to news that the Confederate Flag was removed from the South Carolina state capital. This courageous act by Bree Newsome is one to remember. The action to remove the flag was carefully planned by local activists and organizers in South Carolina. Newsome has since been arrested and the flag has been replaced in time for a defend the flag rally today. In the video Bree can be heard reciting bible versus as she descends the pole..”The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear…”

Bree is an Afrofuturist filmmaker, support her short, WAKE.

A repressed woman murders her domineering father, freeing herself to pursue her heart’s desire. Using a local folk magic called “root work”, she conjures a demon to aid her in creating the man of her dreams– but soon finds herself in a waking nightmare.

CAST: Sahr Ali, Benton Greene, Buena Batiste-Webber, Geany Masai, Dravon James, Christina Faison, Tyrone Hicks.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: A recent graduate of New York University with a B.F.A. in Film and Television, Bree Newsome stands at the forefront as one of the most promising young talents in the field of multimedia entertainment. She has received awards and honors from The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, New York University, MTV, HBO and Saatchi & Saatchi, to name a few. For her final film project as an undergraduate at NYU, Newsome decided to return to her roots with WAKE, a tale steeped in the southern gothic tradition. Newsome wrote, co-produced, directed and edited the film in which she explores ideas about creation and power as well as religion and social custom. In Fall 2011, Newsome was invited to serve as the first-ever Artist in Residence for Saatchi & Saatchi at the company’s headquarters in New York City, where she currently works and resides.

ABOUT THE FILM: After winning an award for Best Short Film at Hayti Heritage Film Festival held in Durham, NC in February 2010, WAKE was selected for official competition in New York University’s prestigious First Run Film Festival where it went on to win numerous awards including an Audience Choice Award and craft awards for Producing, Art Direction and Acting. The film was also named as a finalist for the festival’s highest honor, the esteemed Wasserman Award. Newsome is the first African-American to be nominated for this award in the undergraduate category (Spike Lee had previously won the award in the graduate category). As such, Newsome was honored in June 2010 with an invitation to screen her film at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood. Past recipients of this honor include directors Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Inside Man), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) and Nancy Savoca (Dogfight, Household Saints). WAKE was awarded by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, one of the most revered critic circles in the nation and won the Paul Robeson award for Best Short Narrative at Newark Black Film Festival, the longest-running black film festival in the United States. WAKE was subsequently invited to screen in several other major film festivals including the 63rd Festival de Cannes in France, the New York International Latino Film Festival, the International Black Film Festival of Nashville, Montreal Black Film Festival in Canada and Cucalorous Film Festival in Wilmington, NC. WAKE concluded its festival run by taking the top prize at BET’s Urbanworld Film Festival in 2011.


Solo Travel Tips from Myleik Teele & Travel Noire

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Myleik Teele is the founder & CEO of curlBOX, an exclusive, affordable and effortless way to explore hair care products delivered to your doorstep each month. Zim Ugochukwu is the creator of Travel Noire, a digital publishing platform that creates tools and resources for the unconventional, savvy black traveler. We are usually living vicariously through both their Instagram accounts as their travel the world. Myleik is usually somewhere fabulous lounging by the pool, and Zim is usually somewhere a bit more obscure taking in a new culture. They have different travel styles, each fabulous and inspiring in their own way. They recently partnered with Carol’s Daughter and sat down to explore their different travel styles and to share a few tips for solo travel with us.


1. Pick Your Destination

Destinations for me are all about price. I want to know that I can get to a place and not have to break the bank to enjoy myself. If the hotels are cheap, if the Airbnbs are pretty good, if the food is good then that’s typically how I chose my destinations.

~Zim Ugochukwu

I am usually going for sun. I usually weather. I’ll have my cellphone out and I’ll have the weather the iphone and I’m scrolling for where it’s sunny and gorgeous.

~Myleik Teele

2. How are you getting there?

So, when it’s time to book my flight, there are a couple of tricks I use, that not a lot of people think about. Price-line Negotiator is a really really great tool, it’s how I’m able to get my last minute flights when I need to hop cross country and the tickets are $1200.

~Zim Ugochukwu

Go for loyalty…Figure out ways to build loyalty. Loyalty pays! Pick and airline and stick with that airline. Even if the fares may go up and down, work on building up your status with the airline.

~Myleik Teele

3. Where do you stay?

So, for me, I am such a huge Airbnb fan, I will scour the interwebs and look. Sometimes I pick my destination based on the architectural design of a certain city, Amsterdam has beautiful clean lines and I would look at some of the lofts and villas and they go for a third or fourth of the price of a hotel. And you really get a local experience, when you have a host whose lived there their entire life. It’s a great way to give back to the economy, and it’s also really authentic.

~Zim Ugochukwu

Call the front desk of the hotel, after you’ve searched their site and got your rate, check on hotels.com and check that rate. Call, not the reservation line but the front desk line. Give them the story of you’re going to be in town, you’re so looking forward to staying at the hotel, and you’re calling to get the best rate possible.

~Myleik Teele

What are you doing?

I’m on this new thing, where I rent a car in the destinations that I go to. A lot of people don’t know this but to get your international license is only $15, just go to your AAA, you’re in and out in 15 minutes. I typically rent a car, it’s the best way for me to get off the beaten path.

~Zim Ugochukwu

If you’re staying at a fun glam hotels, pick a place with a sexy hotel bar. You can put on something cute, and go sit downstairs. I promise you, you’ll meet someone.

~Myleik Teele

Check out the video below for more great tips for solo travel! Do you have solo or group travel plans for the summer? Please share them below!