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What Can You Do With A Degree In Finance?

Twenty-first century finance experts are applying their skills in a number of dynamic industries. With over 12 percent growth expected in the finance profession between 2014 and 2024, it's growing faster than the average for most occupations.  

Below is a breakdown of nine interesting careers in finance, employers and industries that hire finance professionals and resources for further career information. Some careers may require addition skills or further education.  For more information on qualifications, jobs and career specifics consult the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 

9 INTERESTING CAREERS IN FINANCE:

 

FINANCIAL EXAMINERS

MEDIAN PAY: $81,690/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 10% (faster than average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Financial examiners ensure compliance with laws governing financial institutions and transactions. They review balance sheets, evaluate the risk level of loans, and assess bank management. (1)

FINANCIAL MANAGER

MEDIAN PAY: $125,080/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 19% (much faster than average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization. (2)

PERSONAL FINANCE ADVISOR

MEDIAN PAY: $90,640/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 15% (much faster than average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Personal financial advisors provide advice on investments, insurance, mortgages, college savings, estate planning, taxes, and retirement to help individuals manage their finances. (3)

 

BUDGET ANALYST

MEDIAN PAY: $75,240/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 7% (as fast as average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Budget analysts help public and private institutions organize their finances. They prepare budget reports and monitor institutional spending. (4)
 

FINANCIAL ANALYST

MEDIAN PAY: $84,300/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 11% (faster than average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments. (5)

SECURITIES & COMMODITIES TRADER

MEDIAN PAY: $63,780/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 6% (as fast as average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents connect buyers and sellers in financial markets. They sell securities to individuals, advise companies in search of investors, and conduct trades. (6)

 

ACTUARY

 
MEDIAN PAY: $101,560/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 22% (much faster than average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty. They use mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to assess the risk that an event will occur, and they help businesses and clients develop policies that minimize the cost of that risk. Actuaries’ work is essential to the insurance industry. (7)

COST ESTIMATOR 

 
MEDIAN PAY: $63,110/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 1% (faster than average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Cost estimators collect and analyze data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to manufacture a product, construct a building, or provide a service. They generally specialize in a particular product or industry. (8)
 

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

 
MEDIAN PAY: $125,080/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 19% (much faster than average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization. (9)
 
 

INDUSTRIES THAT HIRE FINANCE MAJORS:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Credit intermediation
  • Insurance
  • Education
  • Securities & commodoties
  • Investment
  • Hospitals
  • Government
  • Tech industry