What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer

 

Area:

Corporate and Public Finance

Sub-Area:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Cash Management
  • Credit Management
  • Budget Analysis
  • Investment Management
  • Investor Relations
  • Financial Reporting
  • Payroll
  • Benefits
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management

Employers:

  • Private businesses of all sizes and types
  • State and local government entities
  • Federal agencies including:
    • Internal Revenue Service
    • Treasury Department
  • Schools and universities
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Foundations
  • Hospitals

Area:

Banking

Sub-Area:

  • Corporate Credit Analysis
  • Commercial Lending
  • Trust Management
  • Capital Services and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mortgage Loans
  • Originations and Packaging
  • Branch Management
  • Operations
  • Cash Management
  • Credit Scoring and Risk Management
  • Private Banking

Employers:

  • Commercial banks
  • Credit unions
  • Savings and loan associations
  • Savings banks
  • Mortgage banks
  • Captive finance companies
  • Regulatory agencies including:
    • Federal Reserve, FDIC, OCC, OTS

Area:

Insurance

Sub-Area:

  • Claims Analysis
  • Underwriting
  • Risk Management
  • Sales
  • Actuarial Science
  • Loss Control

Employers:

  • Life insurance firms
  • Property and casualty insurance firms
  • Commercial banks
  • Savings banks

Area:

Personal Financial Planning

Sub-Area:

  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Operations
  • Portfolio Management

Employers:

  • Brokerage firms
  • Trust companies
  • Financial partnerships
  • Multi-line insurance firms
  • Sole practitioners

Area:

Real Estate

Sub-Area:

  • Residential Brokerage
  • Commercial Sales
  • Appraisals
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Portfolio Management

Employers:

  • Real estate brokers
  • Commercial banks
  • Appraisal firms
  • Apartment and condominium complexes
  • Developers
  • Large corporations: real estate departments
  • Real estate investment trusts
  • Mutual funds

Area:

Investment Banking

Sub-Area:

  • Corporate Financial Analysis
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Equity and Debt
  • Underwriting
  • Institutional Bond and Equity Sales
  • Retail Bond and Equity Sales
  • Business Valuation
  • Business Sale Transactions
  • Currency Trading
  • Derivatives, e.g. options
  • Trading
  • Venture Capital Fund Management
  • New Venture Analysis

Employers:

  • Investment banking firms
    (Changes in laws have created a fluid situation in this industry; Mergers and acquisitions continue to take place.)
  • Financial services firms
  • Insurance firms
    (The Gramm Leach Bliley Act of 1999 allowed financial services firms to acquire or build investment banking subsidiaries and vice versa.)

Area:

Money Management

Sub-Area:

  • Research
  • Trading
  • Marketing
  • Portfolio Management

Employers:

  • Portfolio management firms
  • Commercial banks
  • Investment banks
  • Federal Reserve banks
  • Insurance firms

Area:

Accounting

Sub-Area:

  • Corporate or Government Including:
    • Financial Management
    • Financial Reporting
    • Cost Accounting
    • Tax Planning
    • Research

Employers:

  • Companies of various sizes, in all industries
  • Federal agencies and departments including:
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Internal Revenue Service
    • Department of the Treasury
    • Office of Management and Budget
    • Securities Exchange Commission
  • State and local agencies

General Information and Strategies

  • Quantitative skills are extremely important. Take additional courses in math, statistics, and accounting.
  • Many positions in finance require the ability to analyze and interpret data.
  • Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills. Cultivate an eye for detail.
  • Gain experience through internships, summer and part-time positions.
  • Read the Wall Street Journal and other financial news magazines to stay abreast of current events and to learn more about the industry.
  • Join student professional associations in the field of finance.
  • Several professional designations and licenses, e.g. Chartered Financial Analyst or Certified Financial Planner, are available to finance professionals working in a particular area. Earning these designations may help one obtain advanced positions.

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