Learn About Business Job Titles

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Careers in business are wide-ranging, and any list of job titles is only scratching the surface of potential positions and career paths you can pursue. We’ve put together a list covering some prominent categories to get you started. 

You can use this list to get a sense of the jobs that are out there, or even to get ideas for alternative titles for your own position. The same job can go by many different names, and if you don’t like your current title, it is possible your boss will let you change it, if you ask and provide good reasons.

Business Job Titles

Some titles exist in virtually every aspect of every industry, such as administrative assistant, office manager, branch manager, and operations manager. Others are specific to certain divisions that most, but not all, businesses have, such as accounting or human relations or resources, while others are specific to a certain industry, such as finance or insurance. The following is a brief overview of some of the major categories.

Accounting Job Titles

Accounting involves keeping track of the finances of businesses and, at times, individuals. In general, the responsibility of an accountant is two-fold: to make sure money is not lost accidentally, through simple error; and to make sure that all applicable laws and regulations are followed.

Some accountants work within businesses, organizations, or government agencies and serve simply to keep their employers accounts in order.

These include bookkeepers, comptrollers, and treasurers. Others work for specialized accounting firms, such as credit managers and tax specialists. Still others work for the Federal government and serve in a regulatory or enforcement capacity, such as auditors. Many are involved in tax preparation, and may work freelance for individual clients.

Human Resources Job Titles

As businesses grow, they often create human resource departments to manage and enact the often-extensive policies and regulations involved in the management of employees. Titles here can be rather general, such as human resources manager or employee relations specialist, or very focused, such as benefits officer, retirement plan counselor, or compensation analyst.

Financial Job Titles

There are many avenues to pursue in a career in financial management, also sometimes called fiscal management or wealth management. In these jobs, you help individuals and businesses manage their finances, so as to negotiate tax rates and regulations and get the best possible return over time. 

Financial advisers work as consultants to individuals or businesses. The compensation structure often includes residuals, meaning that work performed years earlier continues to pay. As a result, financial advisers can be very well compensated and have very flexible work loads.

Hedge fund managers and hedge fund traders work for very specific types of high-risk/high-return investment opportunities that investors can buy into.

Loan officers and mortgage bankers are involved in types of finance more familiar to most people, the lending of money for business or real estate purposes.

Information Technology (IT) and Digital Media Job Titles

Just about every employer relies on information technology. Some larger businesses or organizations create their own IT departments, while smaller ones might hire a single IT specialist or rely on outside contractors. There are also businesses that specialize in various aspects of information technology, such as software development. For individuals who have the right skill set, IT is a very reliable source of employment.

Common titles include webmaster, social media manager, and systems administrator. Because some of these positions are relatively new, titles are far from standardized and can be somewhat creative, such as social media guru. Software development companies employ people in a variety of positions, such as full stack developer, mobile developer, and software engineer.

List of Business Job Titles

These titles can apply to just about any type of business.

  • Account Executive
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Manager
  • Branch Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Manager
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Office Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Quality Control Coordinator
  • Risk Manager
  • Service Representative

Accounting Job Titles

Accounting careers involve keeping track of the financial accounts of companies.

  • Accounts Receivable/Payable Specialist
  • Assessor
  • Auditor
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget Analyst
  • Cash Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller
  • Credit Manager
  • Tax Specialist
  • Treasurer

Financial Job Titles

There are many avenues to pursue in a career in financial management. In these jobs, you help people and businesses manage their finances. When helping people, this area of specialization is often called wealth management.

  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Chartered Wealth Manager
  • Credit Analyst
  • Credit Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Hedge Fund Manager
  • Hedge Fund Principal
  • Hedge Fund Trader
  • Investment Advisor
  • Investment Banker
  • Investor Relations Officer
  • Leveraged Buyout Investor
  • Loan Officer
  • Mortgage Banker
  • Mutual Fund Analyst
  • Portfolio Management Marketing
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Ratings Analyst
  • Stockbroker
  • Trust Officer

Human Resources Job Titles

As businesses grow in size, they often create human resource departments to navigate the extensive policies and regulations involved in the management of employees.

  • Benefits Officer
  • Compensation Analyst
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • HR Coordinator
  • HR Specialist
  • Retirement Plan Counselor
  • Staffing Consultant
  • Union Organizer

Information Technology (IT) and Digital Media Job Titles

Just about every business relies on IT positions, whether they create their own IT department or hire outside information technology consultants. And those who specialize in digital media and technology will find plenty of positions in business.

  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Content Manager
  • Content Strategist
  • Database Administrator
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Full Stack Developer
  • Information Architect
  • Marketing Technologist
  • Mobile Developer
  • Project Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Administrator
  • User Interface Specialist
  • Web Analytics Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Webmaster

Insurance Job Titles

Working in the insurance industry involves helping people and businesses guard against financial loss and manage risks.

  • Actuary
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Damage Appraiser
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Insurance Agent
  • Insurance Appraiser
  • Insurance Broker
  • Insurance Claims Examiner
  • Insurance Investigator
  • Loss Control Specialist
  • Underwriter

Real Estate Job Titles

Real estate careers are usually in either residential or commercial real estate. Residential real estate deals in personal properties. Within commercial real estate, you can specialize in the buying and selling of commercial (business) properties or the brokering of purchases and sales of the businesses themselves.

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