Bureau of Labor Statistics

Business and Financial Occupations

Employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 591,800 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 $69,820 in May 2019, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $39,810.

  Occupation Job Summary Entry-Level Education 2019 MEDIAN PAY
Accountants and auditors

Accountants and Auditors

Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records.

Bachelor's degree $71,550
Appraisers and assessors of real estate

Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate

Appraisers and assessors of real estate provide a value estimate on land and buildings.

Bachelor's degree $57,010
Budget analysts

Budget Analysts

Budget analysts help public and private institutions organize their finances.

Bachelor's degree $76,540
Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators

Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators

Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators evaluate insurance claims.

See How to Become One $66,540
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Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists

Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists conduct an organization’s compensation and benefits programs.

Bachelor's degree $64,560
Cost estimators

Cost Estimators

Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to make a product or provide a service.

Bachelor's degree $65,250
Financial analysts

Financial Analysts

Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions.

Bachelor's degree $81,590
Financial examiners

Financial Examiners

Financial examiners ensure compliance with laws governing financial institutions and transactions.

Bachelor's degree $81,090
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Fundraisers

Fundraisers organize events and campaigns to raise money and other kinds of donations for an organization.

Bachelor's degree $57,970
Human resource specialists

Human Resources Specialists

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They also handle employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

Bachelor's degree $61,920
Insurance underwriters

Insurance Underwriters

Insurance underwriters evaluate insurance applications and decide whether to provide insurance, and under what terms.

Bachelor's degree $70,020

Labor Relations Specialists

Labor relations specialists interpret and administer labor contracts.

Bachelor's degree $69,020
Loan officers

Loan Officers

Loan officers evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval of loan applications for people and businesses.

Bachelor's degree $63,270
Logisticians

Logisticians

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain.

Bachelor's degree $74,750
Management analysts

Management Analysts

Management analysts propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency.

Bachelor's degree $85,260
Market research analysts

Market Research Analysts

Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service.

Bachelor's degree $63,790
Meeting, convention, and event planners

Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

Meeting, convention, and event planners coordinate all aspects of events and professional meetings.

Bachelor's degree $50,600
Personal financial advisors

Personal Financial Advisors

Personal financial advisors provide advice to help individuals manage their finances and plan for their financial future.

Bachelor's degree $87,850
Purchasing managers, buyers, and purchasing agents

Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents

Buyers and purchasing agents buy products and services for organizations. Purchasing managers oversee the work of buyers and purchasing agents.

Bachelor's degree $69,600
Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents

Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents determine how much is owed in taxes and collect tax from individuals and businesses on behalf of the government.

Bachelor's degree $54,890
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Training and Development Specialists

Training and development specialists plan and administer programs that improve the skills and knowledge of their employees.

Bachelor's degree $61,210
Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Business and Financial Occupations,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/home.htm (visited July 03, 2020).

Last Modified Date: Friday, April 10, 2020

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