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.
If you're studying finance, economics, or something related, consider becoming a financial analyst. The BLS is bullish on this occupation's growth—anticipating nearly 55,000 new jobs by 2020.
Whether you think of your business operations manager as the GM, the big cheese, or the boss lady, he or she is charged with making tactical and strategic decisions necessary to run a department. The best at their job have top-notch communication skills, a knack for time management, and the ability to make critical decisions smartly and quickly.
Almost all of us need a loan officer from time to time. It's a lucky person that doesn't require one of these workers to process a student loan, an auto loan, or a mortgage application. Lending activity should rally as we continue to climb out of the recent recession, and the Labor Department predicts more than 40,000 openings for loan officers this decade.
If you're considering this field, work on your patience and problem solving skills—event planners are adept at making both miniscule and monstrous logistical decisions for weddings, conventions, orientations, and more.
Energetic people who enjoy generating excitement about a new brand or product often flourish in sales careers. Sales representatives travel extensively, introducing and selling products to various customers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the sales-representative profession to grow 15.6 percent by 2020.
A great sales team can catapult a company from obscurity to center stage. For this to happen, its leaders have to be as comfortable meeting new people as they are hiring and supervising. It's not uncommon for sales managers to be the central faces associated with their companies.
HR training specialists are like train conductors, overseeing all the moving components of a machine. If one piece stops working, the entire operation fails. Today's HR specialists hire and train new employees, ensuring their companies or organizations maintain credibility by recruiting the best of the best.
Many of us have fond memories of buying a home. The person who helped us find that perfect domicile might resonate with us as well. Real estate agents analyze properties, meet new clients, and research housing markets with ease.
Working in customer service isn't just about fielding complaints, it's also about problem-solving and people-pleasing. The best-paid reps work in the pipeline transportation of natural gas, aerospace products, and parts or railroad rolling stock manufacturing industry, and their profession is expected to grow 15.5 percent by 2020.
Logisticians solve theoretical problems for manufacturing or retail businesses, sometimes proving indispensable in large-scale disaster-relief efforts. Their input can be life-saving. Logistician employment is expected to expand 25.5 percent by 2020.