Compliance Managers

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Compliance managers make sure that companies are operating in compliance with government and industry regulations and standards. They work closely with business executives, analysts, consultants, and other specialists to develop the legal and ethical standards for companies and to communicate this information to employees. They maintain documents on compliance activities and conduct internal investigations and identify issues related to regulatory or compliance standards. Industries that are strictly regulated, such as finance and health care, employ compliance managers to ensure the organization complies with external rules as well as internal standards. There are 403,670 managers, including compliance managers, employed in the United States, according to the Department of Labor.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Compliance Officers
Duties Review companies' practices to ensure they comply with federal, state, and industry laws and standards; conduct and report findings of internal investigations of compliance issues
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country, with high demand in Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Government
Experience Three or more years experience
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Vice President, Corporate Compliance
  • Compliance Manager
  • Junior Compliance Generalist