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  • The most sought-after job in America pays $110,000 a year — if you have this skill
    Business
    MarketWatch7 hours ago

    The most sought-after job in America pays $110,000 a year — if you have this skill

    As companies try to understand consumer behavior, data scientists are in high demand. Boasting a median base salary of $110,000 and a job-satisfaction score of 4.4 out of 5, data scientist was ranked No. 1 on the “Best Jobs in America” list in 2016 and 2017 based on the number of job openings, salary and overall job satisfaction. It was followed by devops engineers ($110,000 a year) — which combines development, testing and operations — data engineers ($106,000 a year), tax managers ($110,000 a year) and analytics managers ($112,000 a year). And the No. 1 skill most in demand for data scientists? The programming language Python (sought after in 72% of Glassdoor job postings), followed by R (64%),

  • How one grad paid off $81,000 in student loans while broke
    Business
    CNBC.com3 hours ago

    How one grad paid off $81,000 in student loans while broke

    When Melanie Lockert graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2006, she had more than a degree in theater — she had $23,000 in student-loan debt. But she wasn't in any rush to pay it off. For about three or four years while she worked as a program director for an arts organization in Los Angeles, Lockert made only the minimum monthly payments on her student loans. Then she was accepted into the performance studies master's program at her dream school — New York University. With $13,000 left to pay on her undergraduate loans, she had to choose whether to keep working and pay them off or take out $58,000 more in student loans to pay for graduate school. "I quit my job, moved across

  • T-Mobile and Sprint are popping after reportedly closing in on a merger deal
    Finance
    Business Insider6 hours ago

    T-Mobile and Sprint are popping after reportedly closing in on a merger deal

    T-Mobile is up 1.45% to $64.32 in early trading on Friday, and Sprint is trading 4.86% higher at $8.42. On Friday, Reuters reported that T-Mobile is closer to agreeing to the terms of the deal, a step the report calls a "major breakthrough." A possible deal is expected by the end of October, as the two companies would go through a period of due diligence before finalizing the deal. The two companies rose earlier this week on news of the possible merger. T-Mobile's owner, Deutsche Telekom, would own a majority stake in the new company and the merger would be a stock-for-stock deal, according to a CNBC report.