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Although not everyone with a degree in finance will work on Wall Street, finance careers can be fast-paced and exciting in a variety of work environments. According to Greg Farfsing, PhD, core faculty member of Capella’s School of Business Finance Department, finance is a versatile field with interesting job opportunities in many industries.
We spoke with Farfsing further about the value of a degree in finance and the career options available to those who choose to pursue it.
Anyone with a broad interest in business and a spark of interest in finance could be a good candidate. All the interconnecting aspects of business—economics, marketing, accounting, quantitative analysis, human resources, information technology, and finance—should ideally be of interest to someone considering a finance degree.
“In addition, the student would have in interest in the valuation of things; such as, the valuation of an individual financial security up through the valuation of an entire enterprise, or groups of enterprises,” Farfsing says.
A degree in finance prepares graduates for a wide variety of challenging and fulfilling career opportunities in the primary areas of investments, financial management, financial institutions and markets, and international finance. Here are just a few of the possibilities available to graduates with a degree in finance.
Financial analysts assist in the financial decision-making process of a company. Responsibilities may include:
Credit analysts assess the financial position of firms or individuals as part of the decision-making process in lending. Responsibilities may include:
Business analysts review and document processes and systems to help create solutions to company-wide or departmental business problems. Responsibilities may include:
This is one of the more common careers associated with a degree in finance. Accountants prepare and examine financial records of individuals and/or businesses to ensure that all taxes and records are correct. Other responsibilities may include:
There is not one path to career development through a degree in finance. Use what you are interested in to help guide your decision. Look across industries to see what additional positions are available—there are many choices within corporations, small businesses, and nonprofits.
If the above career paths intrigue you, consider an online finance degree from Capella University.
To continue to expand your business knowledge, consider an online MBA, Self-Designed.