US News Careers recently released their Best Jobs of 2014, which are based on employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance, and job security. Last week we reported on the best tech jobs, which were prominent throughout the list. This week, we're taking an in-depth look at their best business jobs, which also had a strong showing. In keeping on topic with the best of the best, we'll also look at the best places to recruit this talent.
Market Research Analyst
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of Market Research Analysts is expected to grow 32% between 2012 and 2022, due to the increased use of data and market research across all industries. In the past year, demand for this position increased 8%. Throughout the US, Market Research Analysts are likely to be moderately difficult-to-fill, scoring a 58 on our Hiring Scale. The Hiring Scale measures hiring difficulty on a scale of 1 – 99, with 99 representing hardest-to-fill. The Hiring Scale score is based on supply, demand, local and national market conditions, unemployment, salary, job site sources and other factors. New York (NY), Chicago (IL), and San Francisco (CA) had the highest number of job ads posted online for Marketing Research Analysts during February. Because of the intense competition in these areas, Chicago and San Francisco were among the cities with the most difficult recruiting conditions, scoring 81 and 71 respectively. Lincoln (NE), Rochester (NY), and Reading (PA) are among the cities with the lowest Hiring Scale scores. Recruiters can look to these cities to relocate talent from or post their job ads to reduce hiring difficulty.
Best Cities to Recruit Market Research Analysts
Operations Research Analyst
In February, there were about 11,000 job ads posted online for Operations Research Analysts, fewer ads than the other top business jobs. Despite having less demand, this position scores the highest of the other jobs mentioned, a 68. Demand for Operations Research Analysts was highest in Washington (DC), New York (NY), and Chicago (IL.) Sacramento (CA), Des Moines (IA), and Miami (FL) have the lowest scores on the Hiring Scale. Recruiters may want to target candidates in these areas instead.
Best Cities to Recruit Operations Research Analysts
Accountants were the most advertised best business job on the US News' list, with 111,300 ads appearing online in February. Demand was up 5% over last year. The BLS projects employment for this profession to grow 13% over a 10 year span as the economy grows. Despite having the most job ads, recruiting conditions are only likely to moderately difficult. Accountants and Auditors score a 50 on our Hiring Scale and there are 12 locations that score a 10 or lower.
Best Cities to Recruit Accountants
Financial Advisor is significantly less difficult to fill than the previously mentioned business jobs above. On average, this job scores a 29 on our Hiring Scale, indicating somewhat favorable recruiting conditions. Despite a low average Hiring Scale score, there are 4 cities that score 90 or above. Kennewick (WA) scores the highest, with a 93. The closest city with favorable recruiting conditions is Spokane (WA). Recruiters can look to this location to find talent or recruit from some of the areas listed below.
Best Cities to Recruit Financial Advisors
Business Operations Manager
There were about 58,500 jobs listed for General and Operations Managers, the standard occupational classification for Business Operations Manager, in February. This position had the lowest Hiring Scale score of the best business jobs, scoring a 13. New York (NY), Chicago (IL), and Los Angeles (CA) had the highest number of job ads posted online for General and Operations Managers. Even in the city with the highest Hiring Scale score, San Francisco (CA), conditions are unlikely to be difficult. San Francisco scores a 28, which is still a fairly low score. While hiring is favorable for employers throughout the US, Recruiters may still run into challenges. Average posting periods vary by location from 35 days (5 weeks) to 51 days (7 and 1/2 weeks.) The average posting period is the time it takes Recruiters to post a job ad, collect resumes, and begin the interviewing process. Understanding the length of time job ads are typically posted online for a position can help give employers an idea how long it will take to fill an opening, so they can plan accordingly.
Best Places to Recruit Business Operations Managers