|Salary Growth (2010–2016):||+31%|
|Change in Employees (2010–2016):||-16%|
This broad field encompasses managing a range of firms: accounting, legal, payroll or market research. Essentially, the business manager is charge in the overall running of, well, the business. This means directing staff, developing plans, hiring, communicating and everything else you can think of to ensure the business runs smoothly.
It’s almost always required to have a bachelor’s degree or diploma in a related field, but several years experience in the business is commonly required, too. Depending on what type of business you get into, a license or registration may be required: managing an accounting firm, for example, will certainly require an accounting certification.
The median salary for this position is $85,000 or so, with a 31% increase in wages seen over the past five years. But pay will depend on the particular field, so it can vary significantly.
The number of business services managers has fallen by 16% over the past year, but with huge wage increases, that could spell opportunity for newcomers.