What Can You Do With A Major In Financial Services?

The major in financial services is designed for the student who is interested in a career in the dynamic financial services sector which includes personal financial planning, banking, insurance, and related areas. The financial planning track integrates finance, accounting, employee benefits, and insurance. The objective is to prepare the student for careers in the growing fields of financial services and financial planning. This track also emphasizes communication skills. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the examinations leading to professional designation such as Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC).


Typical Entry Level Job Titles

Commodities Trader
Credit Counselor
Credit Analyst
Financial Planner

Typical Job Titles Which Require 2 Years Minimum Experience And/or Master's Degree

Audit Manager
Bank Manager
Payroll Administrator

Branch Manager
Budget Analyst
Business Analyst
Loan Administrator

Career Directions

  • Actuary
  • Appraiser
  • Audit Manager
  • Bank Manager
  • Bank Representative
  • Bookkeeper
  • Branch Manager
  • Budget Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Manager
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Claim Adjuster/Examiner
  • Commodities Trader
  • Consumer Credit/Loan Officer
  • Controller
  • Cost Manager
  • CPA
  • Credit Counselor
  • Credit Manager
  • Economist
  • Estimator
  • External Auditor
  • Financial Planner
  • Finance Writer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Foreign Exchange Trader 
  • Government Officer 
  • Insurance Agent/Broker 
  • Investment Researcher 
  • Investment Banker
  • Investor Relations 
  • Loan Officer 
  • Loan Processor
  • Management Accountant 
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Manager
  • Mutual Fund Manager 
  • Mutual Fund Trader 
  • Payroll Administrator 
  • Portfolio Analyst 
  • Real Estate Developer
  • Sales Analyst 
  • Securities Analyst
  • Securities Broker
  • Stockbroker
  • Trust Analyst 
  • Systems Analyst
  • Stockbroker 



Typical Employers/Work Settings

  • Accounting Firms
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Banking Firms
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Financial Institutions
  • Foreign Trade Companies
  • Government Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Investment Firms
  • Loan Agencies
  • News Organizations
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Property Insurance Companies
  • Strategic Planning Companies
  • Private Businesses
  • Foundations
  • Commercial Banks
  • Mortgage Banks
  • Hospitals
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Financial Service Firms



Match This Major To Careers

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Beginning Salary Ranges

Payscale.com- What Are Typical Salaries?

National Average:  Entry Level with a Bachelor’s Degree: $49,000 -From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Note: starting salaries directly correlate with level of each student's GPA, Internship Experience and professionalism.  

Salary Resources


Links To Professional Associations

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.

American Association of Finance and Accounting
American Bankers Association
American Financial Services Association
Financial Services Technology Consortium
Government Finance Officers Association 


Job Search Information


 http://www.financialcareerzone.com- Financial careers




Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate And Professional Schools




Link to UNF Academic Program

The  Coggin College of Business   at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in  Financial Services. 



Career Action Plan

  • Conduct and informational interview and/or shadow a professional in this career field
  • Develop leadership skills on-campus by participating in student clubs and groups (i.e. RA, Presidential Envoys, Peer Advisors, Student Government, etc. )
  • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year to gain experience
  • Develop sales skills
  • Look to join the investment club at UNF