The seven top line of business careers with a technology flavour

CareerCast has published its Top 200 Jobs list.

The list is based on four core criteria – the job environment including the job’s physical demands, income levels, outlook for the field and the stress inherent in the job. We’ve pulled out the seven top line of business jobs that involve the use of technology, and present them in reverse order. Much of the data used is from the U.S., but it does paint an interesting picture for those entering the job market, or looking for a change.

Market Research Analyst

market research analyst

Ranked at No. 95 in the CareerCast list, a market research analyst’s job involves using big data and analytics tools to analyze business trends around consumer purchasing and make actionable and timely recommendations to business decision makers. The work environment looks pretty good but the job does look a bit stressful.

Social and Community Manager

social manager

Ranked at No. 83, a social and community manager has a wide array of social media management tools at their disposal, and a lot of social networks to keep an eye on as they manage a community of social media contributors. This positions scores well on work environment, particularly if you work at one of those cool tech companies with candy stations and foosball tables.

Online Sales Manager

online sales manager

At No. 77, the salary level is impressive for an Online Sales manager, but the hiring outlook doesn’t look overly positive. The position, which involves setting sales goals, analyzing market data and managing an online sales team is pretty low-stress though, and comes with a positive work environment. As well as lots of cool dashboards to track your team’s performance.

Bookkeeper

bookeeper

Technology has made the life of a bookkeeper, the No. 51 job on the CareerCast list, easier and more interesting. No more does maintaining financial records and balancing the books mean huddling over a ledger with a pencil by candlelight, thanks to software that does the books, and the math. The salary isn’t the highest, but it’s pretty stress-free.

Multimedia Artist

multimedia artist

The No. 50 job wouldn’t exist without technology – multimedia artist. Spending your day creating animation and other visual effects for TV, movies and video games is pretty technology-intensive, and also sounds pretty fun. It’s low stress and comes with a pretty good work environment, even if multicore processing means less time to goof off while files are rendering.

Human Resources Manager

hr manager

You’d think having to lay off people would be a stressful thing but human resources manager – No. 14 on the list – scores pretty well on the stress front. Perhaps the stress is saved by the plethora of human resources and performance management tracking applications and dashboards that have come onto the market in recent years.

Data Scientist

data scientist

And the top technology-themed line of business position on the list, ranked at No. 6, is data scientist. A position that is only becoming more interesting and relevant in a world of big data, interpreting trends from data with analytics tools comes with a six-figure salary and strong career prospects. And you can tell people you’re a scientist.


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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.