According to Forbes, a shocking 71 percent of employees don’t care about the work they do. That’s not only sad; that’s tragic. Nearly three out of four people could have a job they’d like much better, and let’s be honest, doing something you hate all day long hardly contributes to your quality of life.
We have all heard of jobs that enable us to work from home or simply have a great name, like Chief Fun Officer, or Cultural Steward. Then there are countless internet entrepreneurs that offer you paradise for $97, a chance to learn to make automated passive income and do little to no work on a beach in Hawaii.
While some of the info products out there are real and truly work (though they surely require more work than they let on), most of them don’t. Most companies also won’t hire you as Director Of Hiring Rockstars, so what are some jobs that actually exist, and what qualifies to be on the list of the top 10 best business jobs?
The best jobs in business should not only be fun, but also exist in more than one company. Additionally, they should enable us to live the lifestyle we want and – most importantly – pay off financially.
Some of the positions mentioned on this list have growth rates of over 20 percent, and most of them have an average pay of nearly $100,000. While some positions, like Senior Accountant and Financial Advisor, are very traditional, other jobs, like Futurist and Global Mobility Consultant, are brand new.
Here is a list of 10 great business jobs that pay well and have great growth perspectives.
A Futurist is a mixture of market research analyst and market trend forecaster. According to Brazen Careerist, salaries are ranging from $33,000 – $111,000 a year. Responsibilities include predicting industry trends, researching recent trends, and finding growth patterns.
One of the reasons why Futurist is a great job to have: It is an extension of an already very highly rated job, market research analyst, which was ranked as the best job to have in 2014 by Business Insider and Yahoo News.
Rate: $700+/Piece (Experienced Writers)
Being a ghostwriter is essentially being a white label blogger or copywriter. Ghostwriters write articles, blog posts, e-books, books, and any other content you might need and allow their clients to take 100% credit for their work. For instance, ghostwriter and LinkedIn Influencer Jeff Haden has ghostwritten several bestsellers and is happy to help his clients even though he doesn’t get any credit whatsoever.
Ghostwriting allows you to work form anywhere and experienced ghostwriters charge around $700-$1400 per blog post. There is a high demand for business writers and technical writers, so if you are already specialized in logistics, supply chain management, or business intelligence for instance, chances are you won’t have to wait long for your first client.
#8 Virtual Executive Assistant
Executive assistant is a great job to have, if for no other reason that it allows you to work in close proximity to someone who is much higher up the career ladder. What’s better than being an executive assistant? Being a virtual executive assistant! Benefit from your boss’s experience while enjoying the comforts of your own home.
ABC News listed Virtual Assistant as its number two best work from home job, pointing out that virtual assistants usually charge anywhere from $15 to $100+ per hour.
#7 Chief Executive Officer
Median Salary: $760,000
CEOs are known to work terribly long hours, but the prestige that comes with the title is worth it. With an average salary of about $760,000/year in the United States (as reported by Salary.com), ‘Chief Executive Officer’ is a well paid job. Executive positions actually account for 10 percent of millionaires in the United States which is impressive considering that celebrities account for less than 1 percent as reported by ‘Start Your Own Small Biz’.
Responsibilities are focused on aligning strategic decisions with the company’s mission and vision but also include a usually underestimated role of being the public face of the business.
#6 Director Of Sales
Median Salary: $105,260
According to Jack Canfield’s book The Success Principles, about five percent of millionaires in America are in sales or consulting. The only field that outweighs this statistic by far is entrepreneurial and executive positions (see #4).
Sales jobs are often performance based, and as Director of Sales you will most likely have a fixed salary plus bonuses that depend on your teams’ performance. Yahoo News reported a median salary of $105,260 and an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent for the Sales Manager position, which is typically just below the Director of Sales.
#5 Senior Accountant
Median Salary: $76,353
One of the biggest job directories, Monster, listed Senior Accountant as number eight out of the 10 best paid jobs for business majors. Yahoo News listed accountant as its top three choice, with median pay of $76,353 and an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent.
Taking a job as an accountant is frequently under-considered, despite the fact that a good accountant can make or break a business. Besides summing up financial data, accountants also serve as consultants and can help struggling business owners and multi-millionaires alike to keep their finances in check.
#4 Chief Listening Officer
Chief Listening Officer is an extension of the Social Media Manager. Responsibilities of the CLO are mainly focused on observing and monitoring what people say about a brand or company online.
According to Forbes, the first Chief Listening Officer position has been created in 2010. The position is closely integrated with the social media marketing department as well as with customer service. It has been created to be able to address complaints or concerns to protect or better develop a brand or company image.
Brazen Careerist reported salaries starting from $31,000 up to $95,000.
#3 Financial Advisor
Median Salary: 67,520
Financial Advisor is Yahoo News’ top four choice when it comes to the best business jobs to have in 2014. With an unemployment rate of only two percent, a median salary of $67,520 and more than 60,000 expected job openings, Financial Advisor is a great career choice.
Being a Financial Advisor is often very rewarding because the main task at hand is to serve as a sounding board and mentor. Financial Advisory Services can significantly improve the quality of life by helping clients save and invest better.
#2 Global Mobility Consultant
As more and more companies are expanding internationally, the need to relocate employees has grown rapidly. As a Global Mobility Consultant, you are expected to make the transition from one location to another as smooth as possible.
This is a great career choice for anyone who enjoys traveling frequently and internationally. Skills include intercultural communication, strong organizational skills and foreign languages among other things. Brazen Careerist reported average salaries of $29,000-$93,000 and a very impressive 21 percent growth for this position just over the next couple of years.
About 75% of millionaires in the United States are entrepreneurs (
Being an entrepreneur allows you to reach financial freedom at a much faster pace than as an employee, and chances are decent that starting a business will enable you to make a living doing what you love. Additionally, Forbes reported that entrepreneurs earn twice as much as employees and have a bigger positive impact on the world.
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