Best Business Jobs

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 foresees close to 3 million openings for our Best Business Jobs of 2014. See which occupations top our list, and read more on how we rank the jobs.

#21

Customer Service Representative

(5.5 out of 10)

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 railroad manufacturing industries, and their profession is expected to grow 12.6 percent by 2022.

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#22

Office Clerk

(5.4 out of 10)

You could work as a clerk in a doctor’s office, a politician’s office or a principal’s office, but many of the required job skills are the same: excellent communication skills, a knack for organization and planning, plus plenty of patience and tact. The BLS predicts employment growth of 6.2 percent for this job between 2012 and 2022.

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Telemarketer

Overall Score: N/A

Before you protest too much or screen your calls, hear us out: Telemarketing can make an excellent moonlighting gig for someone who needs extra funds but has limited time. In 2012, telemarketers had an average salary of $25,570, and many only work part time.

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Retail Salesperson

Overall Score: N/A

It might seem as though everyone is making their purchases online, but projected job growth numbers for retail salespeople prove this isn’t true. If you’re looking for a sales job, submit your application to work in a brick-and-mortar clothing store or warehouse shopping club rather than a book or music store – that’s where opportunity is best.

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Executive Assistant

Overall Score: N/A

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.

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Loan Officer

Overall Score: N/A

It’s a lucky person who has never needed one of these workers to process a student loan, an auto loan or a mortgage application. Expect some job growth in this field as lending activity rallies: The BLS predicts nearly 23,000 openings for loan officers by 2022.

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Cashier

Overall Score: N/A

From the smocked attendants who bag your groceries to the convenience-store clerks who scan your favorite magazines, cashiers are all around us. Quick on their feet, they often combine basic mathematical skills with a friendly disposition to keep lines moving and shopping aisles clear.

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Receptionist

Overall Score: N/A

Be nice to every receptionist you meet; he or she is the first point of contact for any organization and might have the ear and respect of the company’s head honcho. To get a job in this field, you’ll need good computer and customer service skills, plus a sense of discretion.

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