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What Can I Do With A Major In Finance?

Finance graduates are well-prepared for careers in corporate finance, investment management services, real estate management, and public administration, as well as graduate programs of study in economics and finance. The finance major is designed to provide you with a global understanding of financial markets, an ability to make informed financial management decisions, and an understanding of the risk and return characteristics of investment instruments.

Possible Career Options

(Some may require further education/specialization)

Actuary
Analyst
Bank Trust Officer
Bond Analyst
Branch Manager
Cash Accountant
Chief Financial Officer
Commercial Banker
Comptroller
Consultant
Corporate Credit Analyst
Corporate Finance Associate
Credit Scoring and Risk Manager
Currency Analyst/Trader
Derivatives Trader
Equity Analyst
Financial Planner
Import/Export Facilitator
International Project Manager
Investment Banker
IPO Manager
Merger and Acquisition Specialist
Mortgage Loan Officer
Mutual Funds Manager
Operations Manager
Originations and Packaging Analyst
Portfolio Manager
Project Manager
Real Estate Broker
Research Analyst
Treasurer
Trust Manager
Underwriter
Venture Capitalist

Types of Employers

Appraisal Firms
Commercial Banks
Consulting Firms
Credit Unions
Equity/Fixed Income Research Firms
Federal Agencies
Foundations
Hedge Funds
Hospitals
Investment Banks
Life Insurance Firms
Loan Associations
Local Government Agencies
Money Management Firms
Mortgage Banks
Mutual Funds
Non-profit Organizations
Private Banks
Private Businesses
Property and Casualty Insurance Firms
Property Management Companies
Sales and Trading Companies
Savings Banks
State Government Agencies
Venture Capital Firms

Transferrable Skills

Analyzes complex financial situations

Possesses knowledge of general statistics, regression analysis, financial analysis, procedures and budgets

Applies one’s knowledge to new and changing situations

Understands the implication of one’s actions

Creatively uses new technology

Understands dynamic situations

Communicates complicated subjects effectively

Writes and speaks effectively yet concisely

Defends one’s ideas under pressure

Executes ability to synthesize data

 

Experiential Education

Taking intermediate accounting courses to compliment financial knowledge

Serving as treasurer for a club or organization

Interning at a financial services firm

Talking to professionals in the industry to learn about risk management

Spending the summer shadowing an entrepreneur

Completing management trainee program for financial company

Professional Associations

American Bankers Association,
aba.com

American Finance Association,
afajof.org

Association for Investment Management and Research,
cfaininstitute.org

Commercial Finance Association,
community.cfa.org

Financial Management Association,
fma.org

Financial Women International,
fwa.org

Society for Advancement of Management,
samnational.org

Enhancing Your Employability

Join relevant student organizations to develop leadership skills

Participate in internships and field experience placements

Become active in alumni and/or mentor networks

Plan on a graduate degree for advancement

Study for industry specific certifications

Source: Rutgers University, Ashland University