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What is Finance? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU College of Business

What is Finance?

According to the OSU College of Business, "The goal of the finance program at OSU is to provide a professionally oriented program to prepare students for successful careers in institutional finance which includes careers in banking, brokerage, insurance, and other financial fields.

"Individuals entering a career with a financial institution have many opportunities open to them.  A large number of persons going into banking select career paths in either operations or lending.  Within the lending area, persons can specialize in installment credit lending to consumers of durable goods, mortgage lending to home builders and buyers, or commercial lending to help finance the growth of business firms.

"Men and women entering the securities industry find careers as stock and bond brokers, security analysts, or portfolio managers.  Individuals choosing the area of insurance typically enter company operations through either claims or underwriting positions. Those with sales positions can choose to work either with corporations or individuals as a client base.  In addition, many persons decide to work for the government as finance personnel in charge of revenue and expenditure programs.

"Financial managers engage in many activities designed to ensure the efficient utilization of an individual's or organization's capital resources. The finance field involves the management of funds in our economic system. Because financial managers deal with other people's money, finance is a career choice for individuals who enjoy working with people and who desire challenging assignments."

Finance - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers


Credit Manager

Loan Officer 



Loan Processor 

Audit Manager


Management Accountant 

Bank Manager 

External Auditor

Market Research Analyst 

Bank Representative 

Finance Writer

Mergers/Acquisitions Mgr


Financial Aid Officer

Mutual Fund Manager 

Branch Manager

Financial Analyst 

Mutual Fund Trader

Budget Analyst 

Financial Consultant 

Payroll Administrator 

Business Analyst 

Financial Economist 

Personal Finance Advisor

Business Manager

Financial Planner 

Portfolio Analyst

Chief Executive Officer

Foreign Exchange Trader

Property Manager 

Chief Financial Officer

Government Official 

Rate Analyst

Claim Adjuster/Examiner

Hedge Fund Manager

Real Estate Developer 

Commercial Loan Officer

Industrial/Institutional Buyer

Sales Analyst

Commodities Trader

Insurance Agent/Broker 

Securities Analyst

Consumer Credit/Loan Officer 

International Trade Specialist

Securities Broker


Investment Banker 

Stock Broker

Cost Manager 

Investment Manager

Systems Analyst 


Investment Researcher

Treasury Management Specialist

Credit Analyst

Investor Relations

Trust Analyst

Credit Counselor

Loan Administrator 

Venture Capitalist

Related Skills

Active Learner

Computational Abilities

Knowledge of Economy & Finances

Analytical Skills

Computer Skills

Organizational Skills

Communication Skills (Oral & Written)

Critical Thinking

Understanding of Financial Records

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Bank of America Careers

Hertz Careers

Independence Blue Cross

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Viacom Careers

Wells Fargo Careers

Financial Planning Association Careers

eFinancial Careers

Financial Job Network

Finance Jobs

Real Estate Express

Federal Business Jobs

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Business and Finance Career Resources

Career in Finance

Professional Association Links

Association for Financial Professionals

Financial Planning Association

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards

International Academy of Business and Financial Management

Investment Management Consultants Association

Insurance Information Institute

Financial Women's Association

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

Miscellaneous Links

The Wall Street Journal

Financial Times

Financial News

Fast Company

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