Best Jobs in America

CNNMoney/PayScale's top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.

28. Business Dev. Associate
Business Dev. Associate
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Median pay: $66,900
Top pay: $108,000
10-year job growth: 41.2%
Total jobs*: 282,700

What they do all day? These professionals are always on the hunt for a new deal. They constantly look for prospective business partners who can increase their company's sales, or for ways to improve revenue opportunities with existing partners. Strong communicators who can think creatively tend to do best in this role.

How to get the job?

What's great? What's not? --J.A.

What they do all day? These professionals are always on the hunt for a new deal. They constantly look for prospective business partners who can increase their company's sales, or for ways to improve revenue opportunities with existing partners. Strong communicators who can think creatively tend to do best in this role. --J.A.

Quality of life ratings:
  • Personal satisfaction: C
  • Benefit to society: B
  • Flexibility: C
  • Low stress: A
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*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research

Do Business Dev. Associates have great jobs, or what? Are these great jobs, or what?
It's still a tough job market, so when CNNMoney, in partnership with data from PayScale.com, set out to find America's Best Jobs this year, first and foremost we looked for professions that offer great growth opportunities.

Other big factors: pay (how strong it is now, and how fast it's growing), overall job satisfaction, and how many jobs are in the field overall.
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