Business Careers are About More than Money, Survey Says

business career scaleSome people consider business a “default major” for college students looking to skate by. Others accuse those in the field of being dispassionate about their profession. And still others paint business professionals as greedy hogs being led to slaughter.

But the latest data suggests there is more to business careers than just money.

A recent survey conducted on behalf of Rasmussen College reported that 93 percent of business professionals and 92 percent of banking professionals considered “doing what they love” a key factor in choosing their field.* In fact, the results outweighed even salary, which 91.5 percent of respondents considered a deciding factor.

The results of the survey suggest that individuals interested in business careers are considering financial gain a secondary motive behind careers they will enjoy for the long haul.

Author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Nathan Jamail agrees that doing something you love or loving what you do is an absolute must.  

“Passion is the fuel for an organization’s success no matter what industry, region or economy one is in,” Jamail wrote in a 2012 editorial.    

The good news for both current and future business professionals is that there are plenty of opportunities to find their respective callings.

Occupations in the fields of business and finance are projected to grow 12.5 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And if money is your motivator, these positions boast a median salary of $62,500.**

A bachelor’s degree is the place to start if you are considering a career in business, finance, accounting, management or related fields, says the BLS. And it’s worth noting that business degree programs generally provide coursework in variety of areas that require a range of skills.

So if you’re not sure where to start your job search, check out Rasmussen College’s career resources hub to find the career that will fuel your inner fire.


*Survey conducted by Vision Critical from Feb. 25, 2014 – Mar. 2, 2014. The survey polled 2,003 employed U.S. adults who are members of Vision Critical’s American Community panel. The margin of error—a measure of sampling variability—is +/- 2.2%. Quotas used to ensure a sample representative of the entire working U.S. adult population in terms of age, gender and region. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

** Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary. 

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Grant Tilus is an Associate Inbound Marketing Manager for Collegis Education who writes articles on behalf of Rasmussen College with the aim to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students in a positive way.

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