Best Business Jobs
Take a look at the jobs we highlight in the business sector, and you should notice a common theme: money. The people in this list’s occupations study us to determine how we like to spend our money, advertise to get us to splurge with our money, and advise us on the various ways we should invest and save our money. In the next few years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) foresees close to 3.8 million openings in this field for sales reps, accountants, financial analysts, advisers, and more. Read more on how we rank the jobs, and check out our complete list of the Best Business Jobs of 2013.
Do you like boxed or bottled wine? Are you a hands-on shopper or would you rather make Internet purchases? Market research analysts study our habits and preferences as consumers, then use that information to counsel companies on how to package, brand, and sell products.
Who doesn't need help digging through the red tape and legalese of investments, taxes, and insurance? Very few—which is why the BLS anticipates substantial growth for personal financial advisers for the next few years. This occupation ranks well thanks to low unemployment numbers and an above-average work-life balance.
Were you the kid who always made straight A's in math? A career full of audits, taxes, and accounts receivable might await you. The Labor Department predicts that this profession will grow by 15.7 percent in the next few years.
Are you a stickler for rules? Consider working as a compliance officer. These professionals are employed across many industries to ensure ethics are practiced, laws are followed, and regulations are met. The BLS predicts 15 percent growth in this field by 2020.
Having a penchant for organization and numbers is essential for the budding bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerk, and employment opportunity is expected to be good as regulations in the financial sector constrict. Anticipate 259,000 new jobs in this industry by the decade’s end.
The daily work of a financial manager reaches beyond a calculator. He or she is sometimes out in full view at workplaces, overseeing the progress of large teams of employees and translating complicated financial concepts into decipherable layman's terms. This profession is expected to grow at a 9 percent clip in the next decade.
Your car, home, and health all require insurance coverage, and the market for selling commercial insurance to businesses and other organizations is in full bloom. Insurance agents are often extroverts with a positive attitude and excellent communications skills.
A business is only as effective as the people who keep it running. Management analysts understand this and pass their days collecting and deciphering data or recommending specific game plans to solve the problems plaguing their organizations. The position is expected to grow 21.9 percent by 2020.
Sending the right message about a product can take it from shelf-warmer to must-have sensation in a matter of days. That’s what effective marketers do—highlight what’s fresh and relevant about a commodity to entice consumers.
Think more Joan Harris than Miss Blankenship: Executive assistants might answer phones and schedule appointments, but more often they handle office-management tasks and prepare corporate reports. This occupation should swell by 12.6 percent in the next few years.