Top Jobs to Hire for In 2017, Part I

Posted: Jan 03  |  By: Trey Gunn

The new year is here, ready or not, and there are a number of jobs you should be planning to hire for throughout the year. In this post, we’ll focus on five of the top jobs to hire for in 2017, ranked as critical to hire for due to high demand.

10: Market Risk Analyst

It’s a tough marketplace out there, so companies are scrambling to do everything they can to protect their assets for myriad risks. They are facing stiff competition, litigation, changes in regulation, market fluctuations and more. Market risk analysts are an important tool in identifying risks and opportunities. They can evaluate projects and investments to determine risks relative to returns. These individuals generally have between two and four years of experience and, depending on your market and their qualifications, command salaries of $78,000 to $106,000.

9: Finance Director

In any business, it’s crucial to know where you’ve been so that you know where you’re going. Finance directors can help you do just that. They direct and assist in analyzing financial statements, identifying financial strengths and weaknesses, and generating financial plans. Finance directors have no less than ten years of experience so, naturally, they also receive high pay. Their salaries range from about $142,000 to $468,000, depending upon organization size, experience, and geography.

8: Tax Director

Staying in compliance with tax authorities is critical. Tax directors oversee the personnel responsible for preparing and filing tax reports. They review the work performed to ensure accuracy and thoroughness and often report back to leadership to ensure that the company’s activities are fully accounted for and reported appropriately. Like finance directors, tax directors have over ten years in the field, typically earning between $127,000 and $283,000.

7: Senior Budget Analyst

It’s important to any organization that budgets are developed accurately, enforced, and revisited regularly. That’s exactly what senior budget analysts do. They review proposed plans and budgets to ensure that they’re complete, accurate, and in conformity with established procedures. They generally have four to six years of experience, for which they typically earn between $62,000 and $102,000.

6: Senior Tax Accountant

Because tax directors can’t do it all, they need a team of Senior Tax Accountants ready to prepare federal, state, and local tax returns for individuals, businesses, and other organizations. They often oversee more junior tax preparers and may even review the work performed by them. Senior Tax Accountants have four to six years of experience and can plan to take home between $64,000 and $103,000.

To find out the five top jobs to hire for in 2017, don’t forget to check out Part II. To find out more about what your competitors are paying their staffs to remain competitive in the marketplace for great talent, request a copy of our 2017 Accounting and Finance Salary Guide!