Organizers are pros at helping the world run. They’re either in charge or right behind the ones who are so that they can use their multitasking skills and efficiency to plan, schedule, and keep track of details for the team. So naturally, the top careers for organizers cluster in management, analytics, and administration.
CareerBuilder and Emsi just published a list of the top 10 organizers jobs the labor market needs based on their current number of jobs (at least 100,000), remarkable growth from 2011 to 2017 (9% or higher), and high annual salaries (25th percentile at least $53K).
“If you automatically sort and analyze things, if you were that kid who liked to tidy their room, or you’re the friend who arranges all the get-togethers—you’re probably an organizer,” said Rob Sentz, chief innovation officer at Emsi. “And that’s good news, because the labor market needs you in a number of high-wage, fast-growing jobs.”
The analysis uses CareerBuilder and 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 organizer occupations where workers will find a larger number of opportunities, ranked according to job growth since 2011.
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NOTE: Each of these careers typically requires a bachelor’s degree. Wage spans are 25th-75th percentile.
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. Accountants and Auditors
You get to use your eye for detail as an accountant or auditor! These folks ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly—and on time. There are currently 1.3 million accountants/auditors in the US and they’ve added 165K new jobs since 2011 (14% growth). They make about $54K-$89K a year.
3. Computer Systems Analysts
These analysts are vital to any organization. They understand both business and IT, creating information systems that helps companies work more efficiently and effectively. There are almost 600K jobs in the US. With 111K new jobs and 23% growth since 2011, they are the fastest-growing job for organizers. They earn $68-$109K a year.
4. Management Analysts
Also called management consultants, these analysts propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency and boost its profits: reduced costs, increased revenues! There are 658K in the US, with 77K of those being new jobs since 2011 (13% growth). They typically make $63K-$109K a year.
5. IT Managers
Planning, coordinating, and directing computer-related activities in an organization—that’s the job for IT managers. There are 366K in the US, including 56K new jobs since 2011 (18% growth). They earn more than any other organizer on our list at $106K-$167K a year.
6. 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.
7. Financial Analysts
Sharpen your judgement! Financial analysts analyze the performance of stocks and bonds (and other kinds of investments) to help businesses and individuals make wise investment decisions. There are 285K financial analysts in the US, with 28K new ones added since 2011 (11% growth). They usually make about $64-$113K a year.
8. Administrative Services Managers
These managers need to work well with people since they’re the hub of an entire business and will meet coworkers’ needs and answer questions all day long. They run the admin: 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.
9. Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
Exactly how it sounds: These managers are in charge of planning and directing transportation, storage, or distribution activities for a business. This career will scratch the itch for anybody who loves coordinating a myriad of details and ensuring everything is going (and arriving) where it should. There are 118,000 of these managers in the US, with 13K new jobs since 2011 (13% growth). Typical annual salary is $67K-$113K.
Not the largest occupation on our list, but definitely growing in importance as US businesses continue to grow. Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. The entire life cycle of a product (from acquiring to delivery!) is in their hands. The US has 144K logisticians right now. They’ve added 12K new jobs since 2011 (9% growth) and typically earn $60K-$93K a year.
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