The best analytical jobs are jobs that show strong potential for growth in the future. Education and training can vary with the level of specialization, and salary increases are common with the addition of credentials. Analytical thinkers can find challenging employment with room for advancement in business, technology and law.
Forensic accounting is an analytical and in-demand career. The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that this field is expected to have "faster than average" job growth. This job requires at least a bachelor's degree in accounting or finance. Prospective employers may prefer those with a certified public accountant (CPA) license. As of April 2011, Indeed.com shows that the average annual salary of a forensic accountant is $76,000.
Computer Systems Analyst
Computer systems analysts use structured analysis and return on investment analysis to help businesses decide on what technology is needed for their company. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a "faster than average" job growth in this field. As of April 2011, Indeed.com is reporting the average salary of a computer systems analyst to be $70,000. Training may include a bachelor's degree in a technical field and a master's degree in business administration.
Market and Survey Researchers
Who wants to buy this product and why? This is a question that market and survey researchers must answer. Market and survey researchers gather and analyze statistical data to predict future sales. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting that as of April 2011, the average salary for a market and survey researcher is around $36,000 with a "faster than average" job growth. Education for this field includes a bachelor's degree in marketing or statistics for an entry-level position.
Law: Lawyers and Paralegals
Analytical people can find challenging work within the law profession. Paralegals analyze, organize and prepare information gathered from depositions, hearings and closings. Lawyers use analytical strategies to present the best case. Education and training to become a paralegal includes obtaining an associate's or bachelor's degree in paralegal studies. Lawyers must obtain a bachelor's and a juris doctor degree, as well as pass their state bar exam. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting job growth to be "faster than average" in the law sector. The average paralegal salary is around $47,000 and the average salary of an attorney is $113,000.