The 20 best jobs in business for 2016
Matthew Lloyd/Getty ImagesIt's a great time to be a job seeker. The US economy is humming, adding a total of 2.7 million jobs in 2015, and the potential for job growth in 2016 is bright as well.
U.S. News & World Report's recently published 2016 Best Jobs ranking provides a tool for job-seekers to compare professions based on important metrics like salary and expected number of openings.
To compile their ranking, U.S. News identified jobs with the greatest hiring demand — those with the highest projected number of openings from 2014 to 2024 — as categorized by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The jobs that topped the list were then scored using seven measures, including stress level, work-life balance, median salary, and employment rate. Read more about the full methodology.
U.S. News also broke down the best jobs by industry, including the best business jobs for 2016. The top business jobs this year are statistician, operations research analyst, and accountant. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts more than 30% job growth for positions as statisticians and operations research analysts and more than 10% job growth for positions in accounting.
Check out the 20 best business jobs for 2016 below, along with their average annual salary, according to 2014 figures from the BLS.
20. Loan officer
Average salary: $73,670
Best-paying cities: Grand Junction, Colorado; Ocala, Florida
Loan officers are available to help clients with financial milestones like paying for a college education or buying a new car or house. The best loan officers have excellent interpersonal skills and advise, evaluate, and authorize loans to people and businesses. Positions are available in a range of settings from commercial banks and credit unions to mortgage companies and car dealerships. Employment growth of 8% is expected for loan officer jobs through 2024.
Average salary: $56,840
Best-paying cities: Durham, North Carolina; Washington D.C.
Fundraisers raise money for nonprofit organizations like educational institutions, health research foundations, and political campaigns. People in this position are relied upon to bring in the big bucks by cold calling, grant writing, and event organizing. Fundraising jobs are expected to have a growth rate of 9% through 2024.
18. Administrative assistant
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Average salary: $34,500
Best-paying cities: Trenton, New Jersey; Boston, Massachusetts
This position is defined by the employer, though many fill diverse roles such as operations managers, event planners, accountants, and maintenance workers. Administrative assistants provide support at all levels of an organization and are often tasked with keeping track of budgets and ensuring all departments adhere to their budgets. In 2014, there were 2.4 million jobs in this position, but the BLS projects that number to grow by 3% within 10 years.
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