Top Five Business Jobs for 2013

For those considering a career in business, the jobs outlook for 2013 isn't too shabby. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there could be as many as 3.8 million job openings in the industry this year. Of course, not all jobs are created equal. Here are our projections for the top five business jobs in 2013:

1. Accountant
Although there are many different types of accountants, one thing that's true across the board is that they are in demand. According to Forbes, more than 37,000 jobs have been added to this profession since 2010, marking a 3 percent increase in hiring. Accountants are generally charged with the handling of financial records and preparation of taxes. On average, they are paid approximately $62,000 per year.

2. Market research analyst
As a market research analyst, it is your job to crunch numbers, administer polls, analyze human behavior and study consumer habits to determine sales trends. On average, market research analysts are paid $60,000 per year and the profession has seen a 10 percent increase in hiring since 2010, according to Forbes. 

3. Business operations manager
If you really enjoy the management side of business, becoming a business operations manager will allow you to use your skills to make an impact in several departments by helping them coordinate to meet the company's goals. This job involves making many strategic decisions. Business operations managers on average make approximately $95,000 per year and are currently in very high demand.

4. Management analyst
Another career that involves helping a company operate as efficiently as possible, management analysts collect and analyze data about the inner workings of a business and then recommending changes that will either help them boost revenue, decrease cost or both. They are often hired as consultants and make, on average, roughly $78,000 per year.

5. Human resources specialist
As an HR specialist, your job description includes a wealth of responsibilities, including the recruiting, hiring, firing and training of employees. HR specialists make approximately $54,000 per year. This field is expected to grow astronomically over the next decade as the economy improves and companies need specialists to help integrate new employees into their workforces.

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