Top 10 Best Business and Financial Jobs

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Best Business and Financial JobsWorkers seeking careers in business and finance can expect job growth over the next decade to be about 13 percent, according to projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In 2012 there were about 7.1 million workers in these industries. About 900,000 more jobs will be added by 2022, the BLS projects.

Overall new jobs in all occupations for 2012 to 2022 will increase about 11 percent. The fastest growth will be in healthcare provider jobs, at about 22%, and related health care support occupations, at about 28 percent.

The median annual salary for all business and finance jobs in May 2012 was about $62,500. In the business sector jobs include human resource specialists and market research analysts; in the finance sector there are financial analysts, credit counselors and tax preparers.

Within business and finance, accountants and auditors will experience the largest uptick in jobs, adding more than 166,000 jobs by 2022. However, meetings, convention and events planners will add the highest percentage of jobs at about 33 percent. The relatively small size of the industry means jobs will increase by about 31,300.

Within business and finance, some jobs will grow slower than average yet maintain attractive financial rewards for competitive job seekers. Other jobs may grow much faster and offer more opportunities for employment but offer only mid-level salaries.

Job seekers with post-secondary or college degrees should expect better employment prospects.

In a review of the BLS data, the U.S. News & World Report compiled a list of 100 "best" jobs. Factors considered include, salaries, projected job growth and the employment rate. Less tangible factors, such as, stress level and the work/life balance, also determined the rankings.

These are the top ten "best" jobs in business and finance based on analysis of BSL data by U.S. New & World Report. All median annual salaries are as of May 2012 and projected job growth is from 2012 to 2022.

1. Marketing managers earned a median annual salary of about $119,000. They work with art directors, sales agents and financial staff members to boost sales of products and services.

Job growth is expected to be about 13 percent, about as fast as average for all other occupations.

2. Financial managers earned a median annual salary of about $110,000. They oversee the financial health of an organization including all of its financial records. And they make recommendations on investments and long-range financial goals.

Job growth is expected to be about 9 percent, about as fast as average for all other occupations.

3. Business operations managers earned a median annual salary of about $95,000. They help departments within a company or organization coordinate efforts to meet overall business goals. They also hire workers, negotiate contracts and make decisions about products that customers want to buy.

Job growth is expected to be more than 12 percent, about as fast as average for all other occupations.

4. Operations research analysts earned a median annual salary of about $73,000. They gather information in order to identify business problems and help craft solutions, specifically regarding production, sales and logistics. They work in the private sector but also play a large role in government including the Armed Forces.

Job growth is expected to be about 27 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations.

5. Financial advisors earned a median annual salary of more than $67,500. They make recommendations to individuals and businesses on investments and assess performance of stocks, bonds and other investment strategies.

Job growth is expected to be about 27 percent, faster than average for all other occupations.

6. Accountants earned a median annual salary of about $63,500. They prepare and examine financial records ensuring accuracy and the timely payment of taxes. They also provide analysis of company performance in regard to financial efficiency.

Job growth is expected to be about 13 percent, about as fast as average for all other occupations.

7. Compliance officers earned a median annual salary of about $62,000. They ensure that businesses and government correctly adhere to internal policies and comply with laws, regulations, licenses and permits.

Job growth is expected to be about 4.6 percent, slower than average for all other occupations. However, new jobs are anticipated in part due to increased emphasis on anti-money laundering laws and regulations. And salaries for these jobs vary widely from a low of about $35,000 to a high of nearly $98,000.

8. Market research analysts earned a median annual salary of about $60,000. These workers figure out what consumers want and how to market products, services and information to optimize sales. They gather data from surveys, questionnaires and opinion polls, and translate the information into understandable charts and graphs. They can help companies target marketing campaigns toward specific customer bases. And, they also can help companies learn where they can cut costs.

The job growth rate will be about 32 percent, much faster than the average for all other occupations.

9. Marketing, convention and events planners earned a median annual salary of about $46,000. They are responsible for all the logistics of planning and coordinating business meetings and special events.

Job growth is expected to be about 33 percent, much faster than the average for all other occupations.

10. Bookkeeping, accounting and audit clerks earned a median salary of about $35,000. They produce financial records, update statements and check for accuracy of financial data.

Job growth is expected to be about 11 percent, as fast as average for all other occupations.