Begin here: Articles from the business press as well as industry and trade magazines may be found on Business Source Premier (Rutgers-restricted access).
You can find an industry profile with employment and wage trends for states and counties through America's Career InfoNet: Industry Information.
IBISWorld provides Industry Reports for more than 1,200 sectors in the United States. IBISWorld research reports contain trends, statistics and analysis on market size, market share of competitors, and industry growth rates. (Rutgers-restricted access)
Find your industry sector's profile (over 150 available for the United States) on the MarketLine. The database will also provide links to current news affecting the industry sector. (Rutgers-restricted access)
Mintel Reports features consumer (b to c) industries and market research related to those industries. (Rutgers-restricted access)
For overviews on dozens of Industry sectors, look at Vault Career Intelligence. After you connect, you have to create an account with your Rutgers email address and any password. (Rutgers-restricted access) (Non-Rutgers students have to register with Vault.com as a member.)
Start with one of the following:
Accountemps offers this free annual Salary Guide for Accounting and Finance.
Many companies do not list their job openings on the national sites such as Monster.com, but on niche job boards, some of which are run by professional or trade associations. Sites that focus on the finance industry include:
Many more web sites for specific industries.
JobStar has links to more than 300 general and industry-specific Salary Surveys so you can figure out how much you can expect to get paid. One example is the Salary Guide for Technology Professionals from Robert Half Technology.
You can also get a free basic report (customized reports are available for a fee) for many job categories in major metro areas with the following:
The State of New Jersey conducts an annual Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Wage Survey. You can find information on employment, wages, and job prospects with the Occupation Explorer, by county or for New Jersey as a whole. For other states or metropolitan areas, consult the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates.
Then, you can calculate how much you should be making if you move to another geographical location, by using Sperling's BestPlaces' Cost of Living Calculator.
For those considering jobs in other countries, use SalaryExpert's International Cost of Living Calculator and read the International Cost Of Living Guides from the Expat Forum (about 20 countries covered). You can also consult the U.S. State Department's Office of Allowances, which provides Per Diem Rates for major cities around the world. Then, there's the highlights of the annual Mercer's Cost of Living City Rankings to consider.
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