The 22 Best Business Jobs of 2014

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If you're studying to become a software developer or a registered nurse, you're on trend. The job opportunities and demand within the tech and health care industries are well documented. But there are also strong prospects -- and job security -- in the business sector. Check out the top jobs from this field.

No. 1: Market Research Analyst

Median Salary: $60,300

Unemployment Rate: 3.9 percent

Expected Job Openings: 131,500

By studying consumer habits, market research analysts counsel companies on how to package, brand and sell products.

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No. 2: Operations Research Analyst

Median Salary: $72,100

Unemployment Rate: 1.3 percent

Expected Job Openings: 19,500

Know-it-alls, this could be your dream job. We kid (kinda), but our No. 2 pick is an advisory position that involves helping businesses and organizations operate efficiently.

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No. 3: Accountant

Median Salary: $63,550

Unemployment Rate: 4.2 percent

Expected Job Openings: 166,700

Accountants are bona fide number crunchers, tasked with preparing taxes for individuals, corporations, nonprofits and governments, but also maintaining financial records and performing audits.

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No. 4: Financial Advisor

Median Salary: $67,520

Unemployment Rate: 2 percent

Expected Job Openings: 60,300

A financial advisor is like a money therapist; he or she helps clients dig through the red tape and legalese of investments, taxes and insurance, and offers general tips on how to save and spend money.

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No. 5: Business Operations Manager

Median Salary: $95,440

Unemployment Rate: 4.1 percent

Expected Job Openings: 244,100

As the person on the job responsible for making tactical and strategic decisions necessary to run a department, business operations managers should have a knack for time management and top communication skills.

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No. 6: Bookkeeping, Accounting and Audit Clerk

Median Salary $35,170

Unemployment Rate: 6.4 percent

Expected Job Openings: 204,600

An attention to detail is a must. Bookkeeping clerks handle a company's financial statements; an accounting clerk focuses on accounts payable and accounts receivable and an audit clerk ensures financial documents are properly coded.

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No. 7: Marketing Manager

Median Salary: $119,480

Unemployment Rate: 5.2 percent

Expected Job Openings: 22,900

Sending the right message about a product can take it from a shelf-warmer to a must-have sensation. That's what effective marketing managers do -- highlight what's fresh and relevant about a commodity to excite customers.

Read more about marketing managers.

No. 8: Financial Manager

Median Salary: $109,740

Unemployment Rate: 3 percent

Expected Job Openings: 46,300

Financial managers must be meticulous when producing financial reports, cash flow statements, profit projections and other complex fiscal records.

Read more about financial managers.

No. 9: Meeting, Convention and Event Planner

Median Salary: $45,810

Unemployment Rate: 5.6 percent

Expected Job Openings: 31,300

If you're considering this profession, work on your patience and problem-solving chops. Event planners are adept at making both minuscule and monstrous logistical decisions for weddings, conventions, orientations and more. Plus, this No. 9 job is the fastest-growing business job on our list.

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No. 10: Compliance Officer

Median Salary: $62,020

Unemployment Rate: 2.6 percent

Expected Job Openings: 32,400

Employment in our No. 10 job spans many industries, but generally, the responsibilities are the same: Compliance officers audit performance, ensure ethics are practiced, laws are followed and regulations met.

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No. 11: Bill Collector

Median Salary: $32,480

Unemployment Rate: 9.9 percent

Expected Job Openings: 58,200

The name might give you chills, but being a bill collector isn't strictly about hounding those in debt. You also help negotiate a reasonable repayment plan and provide credit advice.

Read more about bill collectors.

No. 12: Insurance Agent

Median Salary: $48,150

Unemployment Rate: 4.5 percent

Expected Job Openings: 45,900

Job prospects for agents who sell health and long-term care insurance should be especially strong, and independent agents will fare better than those who want to work with an insurance company, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts.

Read more about insurance agents.

No. 13: Financial Analyst

Median Salary: $76,950

Unemployment Rate: 2.3 percent

Expected Job Openings: 39,300

By keeping a pulse on economic trends, analysts are able to make recommendations on which investments to buy and sell.

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No. 14: Management Analyst

Median Salary: $78,600

Unemployment Rate: 4.1 percent

Expected Job Openings: 133,800

Management analysts pass their days troubleshooting corporate issues, such as a lack of efficiency or shrinking profits, that plague organizations.

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No. 15: HR Specialist

Median Salary: $55,930

Unemployment Rate: 5.3 percent

Expected Job Openings: 35,400

More job openings in general mean more professionals to assist in the hiring and training, right? According to the BLS, HR professionals with a background in education and computer science have the best job prospects.

Read more about HR specialists.

No. 16: Sales Manager

Median Salary: $105,260

Unemployment Rate: 5.2 percent

Expected Job Openings: 40,100

Serving as the guiding hand for a sales team, sales managers might not do much selling. Instead, they outline training programs, develop operations strategies, establish targets and quotas and support sales reps in meeting those goals.

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No. 17: Logistician

Median Salary: $72,780

Unemployment Rate: 5.8 percent

Expected Job Openings: 27,600

Logisticians work in a narrow field, but an important one. Some coordinate the response to major natural disasters -- making sure necessary equipment, supplies and personnel arrive where they need to be -- while others help companies and organizations cut costs and increase efficiency.

Read more about logisticians.

No. 18: Administrative Assistant

Median Salary: $32,410

Unemployment Rate: 6.2 percent

Expected Job Openings: 307,800

Administrative assistants are expected to offer support to all echelons of their organizations. Yes, they schedule meetings and maintain files, but they also conduct research and assist in management.

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No. 19: Sales Representative

Median Salary: $54,230

Unemployment Rate: 4.9 percent

Expected Job Openings: 132,000

Sales reps travel extensively, introducing and selling products to customers, plus they generate excitement and build relationships with loyal clientele.

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No. 20: Real Estate Agent

Median Salary: $39,140

Unemployment Rate: 4.9 percent

Expected Job Openings: 38,000

This job involves listening to the desires of prospective homeowners, advising those clients on home prices and mortgages and finding properties that best meet their wishes and needs.

Read more about real estate agents.

No. 21: Customer Service Representative

Median Salary: $30,580

Unemployment Rate: 9.1 percent

Expected Job Openings: 298,700

This job isn't just about fielding complaints, but also problem-solving and people-pleasing. Patience is a valuable asset.

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No. 22: Office Clerk

Median Salary: $27,470

Unemployment Rate: 9.8 percent

Expected Job Openings: 184,100

You could work as a clerk in a doctor's office, a politician's office or a principal's office, but many of the required job skills are the same: You should be a good communicator, organized and have plenty of patience and tact.

Read more about office clerks.

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