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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.

To find out more about your major including potential areas and employers, required skills, job outlook, and median pay, please access the Occupational Outlook Handbook or the O*Net website. 

Career Outlook

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 

Helpful Resources

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.