What Can I Do With A Major In Finance?
Finance is the mainstay of business education. A career in finance provides diverse opportunities including corporate financial management, investment management, financial institution management and personal financial planning. Within a corporation or financial institution, finance focuses on all aspects of cash management, including decisions impacting the flow of funds within an organization, such as, inventory policy, credit/collection policies and financing policies. Financial managers generate reports evaluating past financial performance and create plans for future operations and performance. Financial plans are used to shape a firm's financial and operating strategies, and as a tool for measuring a firm's success at meeting its goals. A career in finance can also involve assisting individuals with personal financial planning, portfolio creation, personal investment and debt management.
The greatest number of job opportunities is in management of industrial, retail and service firms, as well as government and nonprofit organizations. Banks, insurance companies and investment institutions employ finance graduates as loan officers, managers, and security and portfolio analysts while brokerage firms, banks, mutual funds and insurance companies employ graduates in sales, securities analysis and portfolio management.
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Sample of Related Occupations
Consumer Loan Manager
Investment Fund Manager
Loss Control Specialist
Market Research Analyst
Pension Fund Management
Real Estate Broker
Securities & Commodities Trader
For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Professional Associations & Additional Career Information
American Bankers Association
Association for Financial Professionals
Careers in Finance
Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards
Financial Career Zone
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
Financial Management Association
Financial Planning Association
Financial Women International
Insurance Information Institute
International Academy of Financial Management
Investment Management Consultants Association
National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
Society of Actuaries
Society of Financial Services Professionals
Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities
Finance majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.
The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunitites where the employer was specifically looking for finance majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit Central Connections, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the CACE website here.
American Lung Association of New England - Planned Giving Internship
CGI - Business Analyst, Programmer Analyst
Connecticare - Senior Statistical Analyst
Enterprise Holdings - Management Trainee
GE Engineering - Financial Planning & Analysis Co-op
Hamilton Sundstrand - Accounting/Finance Co-op
MetLife Financial Services - Annuity Customer Service Representative
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft - UT Finance Co-op, Business Controls Co-op, General Accounting & Financial Reporting Co-op
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. - Customer Fulfillment Specialist
The Hartford - Technology Leadership Development Program Internship, Auto Physical Damage Claim Handler
Towers Watson - Actuarial Internship
Travelers - Product Pricing Development Program, Insurance Operations Leadership Development Summer Internship, Financial Management Leadership Development Summer Internship