A Career Guide for the Finance Major

Every organization—private or public, large or small—depends upon a management team to generate cash inflows sufficient to cover required cash outlays. Traditional career paths in finance include banking, financial analysis, investments, corporate financial management, personal financial planning and other financial services. Positions vary among types of institutions and may involve providing services to individuals, corporations, or government. Financial positions may involve advising on how and where to invest, making recommendations on insurance needs, and/or managing an organization's finances.

Manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies and other non-financial firms typically offer recent graduates positions as junior financial analysts. Areas include accounts payable, cost accounting, and manufacturing cost analysis. In the operation and administration areas of the company, the position might require examination of the company's business plans and analysis of various budget and financing proposals.

The analyst in the capital budgeting area should be prepared to evaluate capital and lease appropriation requests, collect and organize data for the annual capital budget, and develop cash flow projections based upon parameters set by upper level management. Individuals considering bank positions can expect to get involved in areas such as financial reporting, budget analysis, cost control programs, and support for administration of the bank's various activities. Bank operation is becoming increasingly important as banks rely more and more heavily on high-cost, high-tech information gathering and processing systems in an international economy.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

  • Corporate environment
  • Stock Market
  • Managing Assets
  • Using computers to solve problems
  • Organizing, analyzing and interpreting numerical data
  • Handling money
  • Financial/banking industries
  • Economic history
  • Budget analysis
  • Working with people
  • Logical thinking
  • Organizational skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Supervisory skills
  • Mathematical skills
  • Accurate reporting of financial data
  • Oral/written presentation skills


Undergraduate Program in Finance - Our goal is to provide quality instruction in the various areas of finance to prepare students for financial planning and analysis as essential functions of a business enterprise. To this end, the Department of Finance and Real Estate offers courses in corporate finance, investments, financial markets and institutions, international finance, banking, risk and insurance, personal finance, and real estate. Students must complete all university and College of Business requirements for the baccalaureate degree


The following are examples of positions often held by Finance graduates:

Account Executive
Credit Analyst
Financial Planner
Inventory Control Manager
Leasing Agent
Mutual Fund Analyst
Trust Officer
Financial Analyst
Foreign Exchange Manager
Risk Manager
International Banking Officer
Budget Accountant
Commercial Loan Officer
Residential Loan Officer
Branch Manager
Securities Trader


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)

Davie Campus - Modular G

Jupiter Campus - SR 110

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Barry Kaye College of Business
Boca Raton Campus, Flemming West, Room 102 (FW 102)

Davie Campus, Liberal Arts Building, Room 444 (LA 444)

Department of Finance
Boca Raton Campus, Barry Kaye College of Business Room 125, (BUS 125)

The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the Barry Kaye College of Business and the Department of Finance.

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