Best-paying jobs for business majors
Want to bring home a fat paycheck with just a bachelor's degree in business? Position yourself for one of these 10 high-paying business jobs.
Want to succeed in business degree jobs without an MBA? The key is focusing your education while you're in school—and networking both before and after you graduate.
"People major in business and think it means a big paycheck, but it doesn't always,” says Katie Bardaro, lead analyst for online salary database PayScale.com. “It takes a lot of drive, a lot of connections and a lot of luck to get into high-paying fields in business if you have only your bachelor's degree."
Bardaro says students who are more analytical should consider focusing their studies on statistics or financial analysis. Business degree jobs in technology and data-heavy industries are likely to continue growing and will have a high demand for business graduates in the immediate future.
Connections also count in the business world. "The best thing to do is to focus on alumni networks," Bardaro says. "Business is definitely an area where connections help a lot."
So what are some high-paying jobs for business majors? We pulled together this list of the top 10, using data from PayScale. While these jobs aren't restricted to people with only bachelor's degrees, they are all gigs you can get without further education.
IT project manager
What you'd do: Project managers in the IT field create project plans for the development of new products and releases. They ensure that departments work together to meet deadlines, perform tasks, allocate resources appropriately, and maintain quality. View a sample resume for an assistant IT project manager.
What you'd make: $84,725 per year
Regional sales manager
What you'd do: Sales managers establish goals and quotas and analyze staff sales statistics to determine opportunities. They may also direct sales training programs. View a sample resume for a sales manager.
What you'd make: $78,325 per year
Senior financial analyst
What you'd do: Business degree jobs tend to involve data—plenty of it. In this job, you'd analyze data affecting companies’ investment programs. View a sample resume for a financial analyst.
What you'd make: $77,300 per year
Construction project manager
What you'd do: Construction project managers typically create budgets and plans for developing or maintaining buildings, roads, bridges, and other structures. View a sample resume for a construction manager.
What you'd make: $70,873 per year
What you'd do: Media supervisors oversee media researchers, buyers, and planners and make sure the right ads appear on the Internet, in newspapers, during radio and TV shows, or anywhere else advertising can appear. Their goal is to spend a company's media budget in the most productive way possible.
What you'd make: $70,093 per year
Business development manager
What you'd do: These business professionals find and take advantage of business opportunities, either by optimizing current revenue streams or by developing new ones. They identify key strategic partnerships, gather information on customers and competitors, and understand their industry’s competitive landscape.
What you'd make: $70,091 per year
IT business analyst
What you'd do: Business analysts define requirements for how an IT system should work and then communicate those requirements to the technical staff. View a sample resume for a business analyst.
What you'd make: $67,527 per year
What you'd do: Accountants analyze financial data to determine profit, loss, and liability. View a sample resume for an accountant.
What you'd make: $64,766 per year
Hotel general manager
What you'd do: There's not much hotel managers don't do—they plan and manage most activities related to the day-to-day operations of the hotels they manage.
What you'd make: $53,835 per year
What you'd do: Account executives work in a number of industries. They typically manage business relationships between their companies and customers. Sales savvy, relationship management, and product knowledge are all must-have skills. View a sample resume for an advertising account executive.
What you'd make: $50,294 per year
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Source: All salary data provided by online salary database PayScale.com. Median pay is the national median (50th percentile) annual total cash compensation. Half of the people doing the job earn more than the median, while half earn less. Range in pay within a job can vary widely depending on years of experience, scope of responsibility, location of work, etc. All pay values are calculated for workers with five to eight years of experience with a bachelor's degree and major in business administration.