Careers in Finance

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What these careers are about

Planning, services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.
Career nameAvg salary

Treasurers and Controllers

direct financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization.

Financial Managers

direct and coordinate financial activities of workers in a branch, office, or department of an establishment, such as branch bank, brokerage firm, risk and insurance department, or credit department.

Personal Financial Advisors

advise clients on financial plans using knowledge of tax and investment strategies, securities, insurance, pension plans, and real estate. Duties include assessing clients' assets, liabilities, cash flow, insurance coverage, tax status, and financial objectives.

Investment Fund Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate investment strategy or operations for a large pool of liquid assets supplied by institutional investors or individual investors.


analyze statistical data, such as mortality, accident, sickness, disability, and retirement rates and construct probability tables to forecast risk and liability for payment of future benefits. May ascertain insurance rates required and cash reserves necessary to ensure payment of future benefits.

Investment Sales Agents

buy and sell securities in investment and trading firms and develop and implement financial plans for individuals, businesses, and organizations.

Financial Sales Agents

sell financial services, such as loan, tax, and securities counseling to customers of financial institutions and business establishments.

Stock and Commodities Traders

buy and sell securities and commodities to transfer debt, capital, or risk. Establish and negotiate unit prices and terms of sale.

Financial Analysts

conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.

Business Professors

teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Credit Analysts

analyze credit data and financial statements of individuals or firms to determine the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money. Prepare reports with credit information for use in decision making.

Loan Officers

evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval of commercial, real estate, or credit loans. Advise borrowers on financial status and payment methods. Includes mortgage loan officers and agents, collection analysts, loan servicing officers, and loan underwriters.

Budget Analysts

examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyze budgeting and accounting reports.

Insurance Underwriters

review individual applications for insurance to evaluate degree of risk involved and determine acceptance of applications.

Financial Quant Analysts

develop quantitative financial products used to inform individuals or financial institutions engaged in saving, lending, investing, borrowing, or managing risk. Investigate methods for financial analysis to create mathematical models used to develop improved analytical tools or advanced financial investment instruments.

Risk Management Specialists

analyze and manage risk management issues by identifying, measuring, and making decisions on operational or enterprise risks for an organization.

Investment Underwriters

manage communications or negotiations between corporate issuers of securities and clients regarding private equity investments. Underwrite the issuance of securities to provide capital for client growth. Negotiate and structure the terms of mergers or acquisitions.

Fraud Examiners

obtain evidence, take statements, produce reports, and testify to findings regarding resolution of fraud allegations. May coordinate fraud detection and prevention activities.

Account Executives

sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. Work requires substantial knowledge of items sold.

Auto Damage Appraisers

appraise automobile or other vehicle damage to determine repair costs for insurance claim settlement. Prepare insurance forms to indicate repair cost or cost estimates and recommendations. May seek agreement with automotive repair shop on repair costs.
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