The Best Careers for Persuaders are in Sales & Management

Persuaders are the movers and shakers of the world. Confident, outgoing, comfortable with (and even attracted by) risky situations, they are usually found in business-oriented careers such as management or sales.

Interested in a job like that? Emsi just released a list of the top 10 careers for persuaders based on significant number of jobs (at least 200,000), remarkable growth from 2011 to 2017 (9% growth or higher), and high annual salaries (an average of at least $88K).

“If you’re competitive, if you love the thrill of the hunt, if you were the kid who could convince your parents to get a dog—you probably have some strong persuasive genes,” said Rob Sentz, chief innovation officer of Emsi. “Fortunately, there are many jobs where this ability is key.”

The analysis uses Emsi’s extensive labor market database, which pulls from a variety of national and state employment resources as well as online job postings. The following are 10 persuader occupations where workers will find a larger number of opportunities, ranked according to job growth since 2011.

NOTE: Each of these creative careers typically requires a bachelor’s degree.

1. Operations Managers

A lot of responsibility comes with being an operations manager. You’re in charge of formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources within a business. With 2.25 million jobs, operations managers make up the 11th largest occupation group in the entire US. They’ve added 249,000 jobs since 2011 (12% growth) and also earn great wages at $68K- $151K a year.

2. IT Managers

These folks plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities within a business. They help determine a company’s IT goals and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals. There are currently 366K IT managers in the US, with 56,000 new jobs (18% growth) since 2011. They earn fantastic wages at $106-$167K a year.

3. Financial Managers

These managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their company. There are 565,000 financial managers and they’ve added 43,000 new jobs (9% growth)  since 2011. Yearly salaries are around $89K-$163K.

4. Sales Managers

These managers oversee the sales reps within a business: assigning sales territories, setting sales goals, and establishing training programs. They frequently have to travel. There are 381,000 sales managers in the US and they’ve grown by 38,000 jobs (11%) since 2011. They typically earn $80K-163K a year.

5. Personal Financial Advisors

If you’re a Persuader with a strong Helper/Thinker streak, you might like a career as a personal financial advisor. You need analytical skills to sort through various money matters and you get to use your persuasive skills to help people with things like investments, mortgages, and taxes. There are 215,000 personal financial advisors in the US, with 36,000 new jobs (20% growth) since 2011. They make around $61K-$152K a year.

6. Construction Managers

Do you like building stuff but also planning, coordinating, budgeting, and overseeing large projects? You could make a good construction supervisor. There are 254,000 of these managers in the US, with 35,000 new jobs (16% growth) since 2011. Yearly salaries are roughly $69K-$116K.

7. Sales Reps (Wholesale & Manufacturing): Technical and Scientific Products

Good thing sales reps thrive under high pressure—their income and job security depend on the amount they sell.  As sellers of technical and scientific products (like software or pharmaceutical goods), these particular sales reps earn more than reps who sell non-technical and non-scientific (like clothing or office supplies). There are 350,000 of these sales reps, with 32,000 new jobs (10% growth) since 2011. They earn about $55K-$109K a year.

8. Medical and Health Services Managers

These managers are in charge of planning, directing, and coordinating medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. There are 332,000 of these managers and they’ve grown by 31,000 new jobs (10% growth) since 2011. Typical annual salaries are $76K-$123K.

9. Administrative Services Managers

These managers need to be Organizers too, not just Persuaders, since they run the admin within a business: buying supplies, monitoring records, budgeting for equipment, making sure the facility stays secure and well maintained, etc. There are 290,000 of these managers in the US, with 28,000 new jobs (11% growth) since 2011. They make $66K-$114K a year.

10. Marketing Managers

If you’re somewhat attracted to sales (but not quite), you might like its cousin: marketing. Marketing managers don’t close deals, but they estimate demand for an organization’s products, identify potential markets, and then generate interest in those products. They also develop strategies to maximize profit. There are 207,000 marketing managers in the US, including 27,000 new jobs (15% growth) since 2011. Typical salaries are definitely on the higher end at $97K-$174K a year.

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