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Sitting for too long? You might have Dormant Butt Syndrome

Sitting for long periods of time can be uncomfortable.

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Eight hours at an office job can mean hours of sedentary work.

And now Chris Kolba, an Ohio State University physical therapist, has put a name on the leg and back pain associated with those long days spent in an office chair: Dormant Butt Syndrome.

"That glute muscle is a big shock absorber, and it controls a lot of motion," Kolba said. "When it's not working properly, it can cause other tissues to work harder and break down."

The condition causes a reduced range of motion and pain in the lower back, hips and knees. 

The phenomenon has also been called Dead Butt Syndrome. Neither term is an official medical diagnosis.

But Kolba says workers can take steps to combat the "syndrome."

"The important thing is keeping your hips mobile and loose through stretching and flexibility exercises," he said. "And then doing specific exercises to strengthen the glutes such as squats, bridges and lunges. Prolonged inactivity causes muscle imbalances, so when people do get up to go walk or try to play with their kids things start to break down. That leads to this pain they think is coming out of nowhere."

TSA plans hiring spree to speed up airport wait times

The Transportation Security Administration wants to immediately deploy 768 new officers to the nation’s airports to help relieve security checkpoint bottlenecks before they worsen as the busy summer travel season approaches.

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This week the Senate approved a request by the Department of Homeland Security to shift $34 million in the TSA budget to expedite the hiring of the front-line security officers. Some of the funds would also go toward paying existing officers to work overtime at busy airports.

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee still needs to agree to the plan.

Lawmakers are now considering the request, committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing said.

The TSA hopes to have the new officers in place this month.

The hiring surge would reverse a trend of TSA cutbacks at airport checkpoints that began in 2013.

The agency has struggled with congressional budget cuts and focused more resources on airport security behind the scenes.

“As we look ahead to the surge in summer travel, we will continue to consider a number of other steps to ensure enhanced aviation security while also maximizing efficiency at check points,” Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

Passengers across the country have endured unusually long lines at TSA checkpoints.

The agency has pinned the increased wait times on a combination of factors, including an unexpected spike in air travelers and new screening procedures.

Educators share reasons why they love teaching for Teacher Appreciation Week

Most people agree that educating youth is an important job.

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For National Teacher Appreciation Day, which is officially recognized on May 3, many people make efforts to let their teachers know how much of an impact they've made.

In response, teachers are taking to social media to talk about why they love their jobs and why they do what they do. 

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'Meternity:' Who says you need kids for maternity leave?

Meghann Foye, 38, has no children, but she still thinks she is entitled to some of the same perks as women who benefit from maternity leave.

Foye believes hard-working, childless women should receive a "meternity" leave.

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"I was 31 years old in 2009, and I loved my career," Foye told the New York Post. "As an editor at a popular magazine, I got to work on big stories, attend cool events and meet famous celebs all the time. And yet, after 10 years of working in a job where I was always on deadline, I couldn’t help but feel envious when parents on staff left the office at 6 p.m. to tend to their children, while it was assumed co-workers without kids would stay behind to pick up the slack."

According to Foye, "meternity" leave is "a sabbatical-like break that allows women and, to a lesser degree, men to shift their focus to the part of their lives that doesn’t revolve around their jobs." 

"For women who follow a 'traditional' path, this pause often naturally comes in your late 20s or early 30s, when a wedding, pregnancy and babies means that your personal life takes center stage," she said. "But for those who end up on the 'other' path, that socially mandated time and space for self-reflection may never come."

Thus, meternity leave should be earned after "a decade or so" in the workforce to avoid "Burnout syndrome," Foye said. And, "it should be about digging into your whole life and emerging from it more confident in who you are."

Foye, who feels it's unfair for employees to ditch the office early, saying 'I need to go pick up my child,' eventually took a meternity leave of her own, quitting her job and leaving the corporate world for a year and a half.

During that time, she wrote "Meternity," a novel about a woman who fakes being pregnant to enjoy the benefits of the paid time off.

Foye said maternity leave and her own meternity leave develop confidence, allow for a shift in focus from an overwhelming amount of professional obligations and give "a whole new lens through which to see (life,) but many critics disagree with her idea and argue that maternity leave is a well-intentioned, well-deserved break for new mothers who go through the process of having a raising a child.

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The average American has 7.2 jobs by 28, study says

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Feel like you’re bouncing around between jobs? Have no fear, you are hardly alone. A typical young adult in the U.S. has held an average of 7.2 jobs by age 28, new research shows, which is roughly equivalent to having one new employer each year.

The study, released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, examined a nationally representative group of 9,000 young men and women born between 1980 and 1984.

As you’d expect, the job change rates slow as young adults age, but not much: “Individuals held an average of 3.9 jobs in the four-year period from ages 18 to 21. The number of jobs individuals held dropped to 2.7 in the three-year period from ages 22 to 24, and then dropped further to 2.5 in the four-year period from ages 25 to 28,” the report said.

In other words, even into their late 20s, young adults held onto their jobs, on average, for only about 18 months. A “job” in the survey is defined as a period of work with a specific employer; being promoted at the same place of employment would not constitute a new job in this research.

Surprisingly, the rapid rate of job change doesn’t vary much among gender and doesn’t change much among men despite their level of educational attainment. On the other hand, women who spent more time in school changed jobs more frequently.

“Women with a bachelor’s degree held eight jobs from ages 18 through 28, compared with 5.6 jobs for female high school dropouts,” the study found.

People with lower levels of educational attainment see their jobs end quicker. Female high school dropouts held jobs for the shortest duration, with 52 percent of jobs ending in less than six months, for example.

Job change rate didn’t vary much among race. Hispanic or Latino individuals in the group held 6.5 jobs during the 10-year span while African Americans held 6.8 and whites held 7.5. Education levels didn’t affect whites or Hispanics, but did affect African-Americans. Members of that group held only five jobs when failing to earn a high school diploma, but 7.1 when earning a college degree or higher.

Of course, the better question is: Are people job hopping more in today’s economy? Job hopping data isn’t actually that easy to come by. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have data on the number of jobs held during an average American’s lifetime, for example, despite persistent conventional wisdom that adults today will undertake multiple careers -- up to seven -- before they retire.

However, a similar study released last year offers some helpful context. Baby boomers born between 1957 and 1964 held 11.7 jobs from ages 18 to 48. They also held 5.5 jobs from ages 18 to 24. There was no 18 to 28 calculation, so an apples-to-apples comparison isn’t possible. But data on the boomers suggests millennials aren’t job hopping that much more than their parents.

No matter your demographic, it’s a good idea to check your credit before your start a job search, since some employers pull a version of your credit report as part of the job application process. You can see where your credit currently stands by pulling your credit reports for free each year at AnnualCreditReport.com or viewing your free credit report summary, updated each month on Credit.com.

Study finds gender pay gap 'is real,' these professions suffer most

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The latest study on gender pay gap confirms that one is still alive and well, and details which professions experience the strongest discrepancies.

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Glassdoor ran the study, which analyzed the salaries of over 500,000 full-time workers in five countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and France. It found that, on average, women in America make 76 cents to every dollar a man makes.

"A very common misperception is that there is no gap once you compare apples and apples," Glassdoor chief economist Andrew Chamberlain told CBS News. "We are able to compare people on really detailed characteristics -- the same age, the same education, the same years of experience, working in same state and their titles and employers. And even when we control for that, you see a 5.4 percent gap between men and women."

CBS News added that the top five jobs with the biggest gender pay gaps are computer programming, chef, dentist, anyone in a company’s executive office and psychologist. Chamberlain told CBS News that computer programming is “heavily dominated by men.” “As a general rule, fields where professions are mostly men, we see bigger gaps,” he added.

Women chefs “earn about 28.1 percent less than men” with a salary of $46,000, Glassdoor added. The study also found that women 55 to 65 years old face the largest pay gap at 10.5 percent while women 18 to 24 earn only 2.2 percent less than their male counterparts.

The biggest cause of the pay gap is often not discrimination or workplace fairness issues, but occupation and industry sorting of men and women into different jobs with unequal pay, Glassdoor concluded.

It added that policies that embrace salary transparency often help balance out pay gaps in the workplace. 

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Get paid to drink and travel all summer with this 'beer opportunity of a lifetime'

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Are you a social media-savvy beer lover who hopes to spend summer traveling and drinking extensively? If so, a Florida-based bar chain may be willing to pay you to share your stories.

Until March 26, World of Beer will accept applications for three open internship positions described as the “beer opportunity of a lifetime.”

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“Adventure seekers and storytellers, beer experts or novices, brewery nerds and foodie fans all open to apply,” the company wrote on its website.

In an official job description for the company's Drink It internship program, World of Beer said it's looking for three interns to share their experiences while traveling the globe to visit breweries and World of Beer taverns.

The company wants outgoing, social media mavens with a passion for beer -- and they're willing to pay them $12,000 plus expenses, according to Thrillist.

To be considered for the internship, beer lovers must share a one-minute video explaining his or her “passion and interest for the position.”

Applications are available on the company's website. Alternately, applicants can show up for any of a number of in-person interviews at World of Beer taverns across the country.

You don't have to be a college student to apply for the internships, although you must be over 21. The positions aren't full-time. Candidates have to either be U.S. citizens or have permanent authorization to work in America.

World of Beer will contact finalists for the position on March 28.

Need a new job? Become a full-time, professional ninja in Japan

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Looking for a career change? Sharpen your swords and work on your stealth — Japan needs six full-time ninjas.

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BBC reports Japan’s Aichi prefecture is looking to hire the ninjas who will be paid 180,000 yen, roughly $1,600 a month.

The ad says applicants need to excel in physical fitness and acrobatic skills with the job aimed to “promote warlord tourism.” No killing or combat experience is required.

Other duties include “PR work” on radio and television and performances. The ninjas will be used mostly for promotional purposes with performances at the historic Nagoya Castle.

BBC added that another prefecture has a ninja museum, which includes history lessons coupled with stunt work by trained ninjas, and it has been very popular.

Anyone 18 or older can apply. The deadline is March 22.

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Top 25 highest paying jobs in America

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A new report by Glassdoor says 68 percent of people who participated in a survey consider salary and compensation among the most important factors when deciding where to work. 

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It's no surprise that physicians, lawyers and research and development managers bring home the biggest paychecks, but the career site points out that the highest-paying jobs don't always have the highest job satisfaction.

“This report reinforces that high pay continues to be tied to in-demand skills, higher education and working in jobs that are protected from competition or automation. This is why we see several jobs within the technology and health care industries,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor Chief Economist. “There’s no doubt that pay is among the leading factors most job seekers weigh when determining where to work. However, our research shows that a big paycheck isn’t necessarily tied to long-term satisfaction in your job. Instead, when we dig deeper into what keeps employees satisfied once they’re in a job and with a company, we find that culture and values, career opportunities, and trust in senior leadership are the biggest drivers of employee satisfaction.”

Here are the top 25 jobs that offer the highest salaries based on information from people who have shared their salaries on Glassdoor over the past year:

1. Physician

Median Base Salary: $180,000

2. Lawyer

Median Base Salary: $144,500

3. Research and Development Manager

Median Base Salary: $142,120

4. Software Development Manager

Median Base Salary: $132,000

5. Pharmacy Manager

Median Base Salary: $130,000

6. Strategy Manager

Median Base Salary: $130,000

7. Software Architect

Median Base Salary: $128,250

8. Integrated Circuit Designer Engineer

Median Base Salary: $127,500

9. IT Manager

Median Base Salary: $120,000

10. Solutions Architect

Median Base Salary: $120,000

11. Engagement Manager

Median Base Salary: $120,000

12. Applications Development Manager

Median Base Salary: $120,000

13. Pharmacist

Median Base Salary: $118,000

14. Systems Architect

Median Base Salary: $116,920

15. Finance Manager

Median Base Salary: $115,000

16. Data Scientist

Median Base Salary: $115,000

17. Risk Manager

Median Base Salary: $115,000

18. Creative Director

Median Base Salary: $115,000

19. Actuary

Median Base Salary: $115,000

20. Data Architect

Median Base Salary: $113,000

21. Tax Manager

Median Base Salary: $110,000

22. Product Manager

Median Base Salary: $107,000

23. Design Manager

Median Base Salary: $106,500

24. Analytics Manager

Median Base Salary: $106,000

25. Information Systems Manager

Median Base Salary: $106,000

Report ranks hardest-working cities in America

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A new report examines which U.S. cities host residents with the best work ethics.

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In honor of Employee Appreciation Day on March 4, Wallethub ranked 116 U.S. cities based on factors such as number of workers with multiple jobs, average weekly work hours and commute time. Each city was given a total score out of 100.

The study found that Anchorage, Alaska, is the hardest-working city in America. Anchorage’s score of 88.42 ranked eight points higher than the second hardest-working city, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Burlington, Vermont, was ranked the laziest, or least hard working, coming in with a score of 18.66.

Here are the top 10 hardest working U.S. cities, according to Wallethub: 

1. Anchorage, Alaska

2. Virginia Beach, Virginia

3. Plano, Texas

4. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

5. Irving, Texas

6. Scottsdale, Arizona

7. San Francisco, California

8. Cheyenne, Wyoming

9. Washington, D.C.

10. Charlotte, North Carolina

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