Best-paying jobs for business majors

Want to succeed in business with just a bachelor's degree? The key is focusing your education while you're in school—and networking both before and after you graduate.

"People major in business and think it means a big paycheck, but it doesn't always,” says Katie Bardaro, lead analyst for online salary database PayScale.com. “It takes a lot of drive, a lot of connections and a lot of luck to get into high-paying fields in business if you have only your bachelor's degree."

Bardaro says students who are more analytical should consider focusing their studies on statistics or financial analysis. Business degree jobs in technology and data-heavy industries are likely to continue growing and will have a high demand for business graduates in the immediate future.

Connections also count in the business world. "The best thing to do is to focus on alumni networks," Bardaro says. "Business is definitely an area where connections help a lot."

So what are some high-paying jobs for business majors? We pulled together this list of the top 10, using data from PayScale. While these jobs aren't restricted to people with only bachelor's degrees, they are all gigs you can get without further education.

IT project manager

What you'd do: Project managers in the IT field create project plans for the development of new products and releases. They ensure that departments work together to meet deadlines, perform tasks, allocate resources appropriately, and maintain quality.

What you'd make: $84,725 per year

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Regional sales manager

What you'd do: Sales managers establish goals and quotas and analyze staff sales statistics to determine opportunities. They may also direct sales training programs.

What you'd make: $78,325 per year

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Senior financial analyst

What you'd do: Business majors in this job analyze data affecting their companies’ investment programs.

What you'd make: $77,300 per year

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Construction project manager

What you'd do: Construction project managers typically create budgets and plans for developing or maintaining buildings, roads, bridges, and other structures.

What you'd make: $70,873 per year

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Media supervisor

What you'd do: Media supervisors oversee media researchers, buyers, and planners and make sure the right ads appear on the Internet, in newspapers, during radio and TV shows, or anywhere else advertising can appear. Their goal is to spend a company's media budget in the most productive way possible.

What you'd make: $70,093 per year

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Business development manager

What you'd do: These business professionals find and take advantage of business opportunities, either by optimizing current revenue streams or by developing new ones. They identify key strategic partnerships, gather information on customers and competitors, and understand their industry’s competitive landscape.

What you'd make: $70,091 per year

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IT business analyst

What you'd do: Business analysts define requirements for how an IT system should work and then communicate those requirements to the technical staff.

What you'd make: $67,527 per year

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Senior accountant

What you'd do: Accountants analyze financial data to determine profit, loss, and liability.

What you'd make: $64,766 per year

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Hotel general manager

What you'd do: There's not much hotel managers don't do—they plan and manage most activities related to the day-to-day operations of the hotels they manage.

What you'd make: $53,835

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Account executive

What you'd do: Account executives work in a number of industries. They typically manage business relationships between their companies and customers. Sales savvy, relationship management, and product knowledge are all must-have skills.

What you'd make: $50,294 per year

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Source: All salary data provided by online salary database PayScale.com. Median pay is the national median (50th percentile) annual total cash compensation. Half of the people doing the job earn more than the median, while half earn less. Range in pay within a job can vary widely depending on years of experience, scope of responsibility, location of work, etc. All pay values are calculated for workers with five to eight years of experience with a bachelor's degree and major in business administration.

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