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25 Top Jobs You Should Apply for In 2016

by ceojem in Job Market 23/02/2016 0 comments

These are the 25 ‘best jobs’ in 2016, based on earning potential, career opportunities and number of job openings

Any of the 25 careers below take your fancy?

They may not sound the most exciting, but business development manager, finance manager and operations manager have been named the best jobs to aim for in 2016, based on earning potential, career opportunities and number of job openings.

Only two traditional tech-based jobs make the top 25 jobs for 2016, although there are the highest number of vacancies for software engineers on Glassdoor, the jobs website that compiled the list.

Lawyers, mechanical and civil engineers all dropped out of the top 25 this year.

Roles were given a rating out of five, taking into account salary, career progression and how in-demand the role is.

These are the top 25:

1. Business Development Manager – overall score: 4.3
• Number of Job Openings: 5,143
• Average Base Salary: £40,000
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.5

The driving force between new leads and contracts, business development managers are undoubtedly in high demand. Skills needed include pitching products and services to new clients, generating new business connections and overseeing various forms of management.

2. Finance Manager – overall score: 4.3
• Number of Job Openings: 2,762
• Average Base Salary: £55,000
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.3

Finance managers are needed by almost any company big enough to have a finance department, so the appeal is very broad. It’s a job that is less susceptible to economic peaks and troughs than careers in sales and business development, for example. There is also a clear line of progression throughout a career.

3. Operations Manager – overall score: 4.3
• Number of Job Openings: 1,797
• Average Base Salary: £45,000
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.7

This is a senior role that involves monitoring a firm’s day-to-day activities, across all departments. It’s a broad role but key skills include being able to analyse statistics, taking charge of different teams and formulating reports.

4. HR Manager – overall score: 4.3
• Number of Job Openings: 1,268
• Average Base Salary: £50,000
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.8

HR is a fairly stable career path, although they can come under fire when firms make cuts. Xavier Broseta, assistant HR manager at Air France, had the shirt ripped from his back last year after 3,000 job cuts were announced at the airline.

5. Marketing Manager – Glassdoor Job Score: 4.2
• Number of Job Openings: 2,234
• Average Base Salary: £45,000
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.4

Marketing managers are in demand as the UK’s economic recovery spurs demand for people that can create publicity campaigns.

6. Business Analyst – overall score: 4.2
• Number of Job Openings: 4,382
• Average Base Salary: £41,000
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.4

Business analysts earn good money and there is a healthy level of job openings, as firms continuously require people who can understand the changing needs of business.

7. Commercial Manager – overall score: 4.1
• Number of Job Openings: 1,317
• Average Base Salary: £57,000
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.3

A commercial manager offers a broad career path, handling daily business issues and overseeing commercial agreements and documentation.

8. Project Manager – overall score: 4.1
• Number of Job Openings: 7,187
• Average Base Salary: £45,675
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.1

Project managers have overall responsibility for the planning, design and execution of a project. If something goes wrong in the process, the project manager can be in the firing line – as many Apprentice candidates have found out.

9. Product Manager – overall score: 4.0
• Number of Job Openings: 2,077
• Average Base Salary: £54,000
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.2

Product managers should be obsessed with developing a product that will meet the business goals while maximising return on investment. Understanding technology and, most importantly, understanding the level of effort involved is crucial to making the right decisions

10. Software Engineer– overall score: 4.0
• Number of Job Openings: 23,020
• Average Base Salary: £40,000
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.1

Software engineering covers not only the technical aspects of building software systems, but also management issues, such as directing programming teams, scheduling, and budgeting.

Software engineering can be a lucrative career. Apple is known to pay its engineers well above the rest of its staff.

11. Marketing Analyst– overall score: 3.9
• Number of Job Openings: 2,366
• Average Base Salary: £30,225
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.7

Responsible for interpreting data, formulating reports and making recommendations based on trends, a marketing analyst is crucial to steering the direction of a company.

12. Account Manager – overall score: 3.9
• Number of Job Openings: 5,200
• Average Base Salary: £35,000
• Career Opportunities Rating: 3.2

The responsibilities of an account manager can vary enormously depending on the industry. But broadly they are key to a business developing good long-term relationships with important clients.

13-25:

13. Recruiting manager, Average base salary: £43,000

14: Recruitment consultant, Average base salary: £22,000

15. Solutions architect, Average base salary: £63,500

16. Sales manager, Average base salary: £37,500

17. Brand manager, Average base salary: £45,000

18. Accountant, Average base salary: £32,000

19. Business development executive, Average base salary: £25,000

20. Consultant, Average base salary: £41,700

21. Talent acquisition specialist, Average base salary: £40,000

22. Design engineer, Average base salary: £33,813

23. Service manager, Average base salary: £43,315

24. Trader, Average base salary: £50,000

25 Personal assistant, Average base salary: £28,000

By Elizabeth Anderson

Originally published on The Telegraph

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