Finance Career Outlook
A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, manage, and analyze the financial and monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions, or other organizations. Includes instruction in principles of accounting, financial instruments, capital planning, funds acquisition, asset and debt management, budgeting, financial analysis, and investments and portfolio management.
Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a finance major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
As a finance major, students may develop or advance skills including interpersonal, capacity for innovation, analytical, reading comprehension, critical thinking, judgment and decision making, monitoring and active learning.
Graduates with a degree in finance can work as financial analysts, financial risk managers, credit analysts, economists, investment bankers, hedge fund managers, budget analysts, claims/underwriters.
Graduates with a degree in finance can work within the following areas: corporate finance, investment banking, commercial banking, mutual funds, sales, investor relations, asset management, real estate, public finance, economic research, insurance.
Graduates with a degree in finance can work for private corporations, public entities, federal, state, and local government, regulatory agencies, commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, credit unions
Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your preprofessional and or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join and network with individuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
- Alliant Credit Union
- Bank of America
- Boston Consulting Group
- Century 21
- Coldwell Banker
- CNA Insurance
- Comptroller of the Currency
- Edward Jones
- Federal Deposition Insurance Corp.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
- GE Corporate Financial Services
- Internal Revenue Service
- JP Morgan Chase
- Morgan Stanley
- Northern Trust
- Principal Financial Services
- State Farm
- U.S. Department of the Treasury
- American Association of Finance and Accounting
- American Finance Association
- Association for Financial Professionals
- Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards
- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
- Financial Management Association
- Insurance Information Institute
- International Academy of Business and Financial Management
- Investment Management Consultants Association
- National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
- National Association of Real Estate Brokers
- Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
- SXU Business Student Association
- SXU Women Entering Business Organization