Business & Financial

Employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 773,800 new jobs. Globalization, a growing economy, and a complex tax and regulatory environment are expected to continue to lead to strong demand for accountants and auditors. In addition, increasing usage of data and market research in order to understand customers and product demand, and to evaluate marketing strategies, will lead to growing demand for market research analysts.

This median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $67,710 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

OccupationEntry-Level Education2017 MEDIAN PAY
Accountants and AuditorsBachelor's degree$69,350
Appraisers and Assessors of Real EstateBachelor's degree$54,010
Budget AnalystsBachelor's degree$75,240
Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and InvestigatorsSee How to Become One$64,690
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis SpecialistsBachelor's degree$62,680
Cost EstimatorsBachelor's degree$63,110
Financial AnalystsBachelor's degree$84,300
Financial ExaminersBachelor's degree$81,690
FundraisersBachelor's degree$55,640
Human Resources SpecialistsBachelor's degree$60,350
Insurance UnderwritersBachelor's degree$69,760
Labor Relations SpecialistsBachelor's degree$63,200
Loan OfficersBachelor's degree$64,660
LogisticiansBachelor's degree$74,590
Management AnalystsBachelor's degree$82,450
Market Research AnalystsBachelor's degree$63,230
Meeting, Convention, and Event PlannersBachelor's degree$48,290
Personal Financial AdvisorsBachelor's degree$90,640
Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing AgentsBachelor's degree$66,610
Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue AgentsBachelor's degree$53,130
Training and Development SpecialistsBachelor's degree$60,360


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