In its 65 years of publication, Personnel Journal has reported on a wide variety of workplace issues, from the serious to the silly. Some samples follow:
- 1932--Harold F. Clark of Columbia University surveyed lifetime earnings for an array of occupations in 1930 and reported two years later that doctors and lawyers topped his list and could expect to make $117,000 in their lifetimes. Farmers, who were at the bottom of the list, could expect to reap $14,000 in the course of their lives.
In the middle of the spectrum came dentists, who could count on lifetime renumeration of $108,000; social workers, $57,000; journalists, $44,000; skilled laborers, $40,000; public school teachers, $30,000, and unskilled laborers, $20,000.
- 1943--Not surprisingly, "Girls in War Plants" concerned an increase in personnel problems that its author tied to the influx of women in defense plants and the moral letdown that accompanies wars.