What Can You Do With A Major In Finance? 

The major in finance is designed to develop an understanding of the financial aspects of the contemporary economy, the operation of financial institutions, and the financial management of business operations. 


Corporate - Emphasizes financial management of the firm and focuses on financial analysis, planning, control, and formulation and implementation of corporate financial strategy. The objective of this option is to prepare students for careers as financial managers of corporations or other for-profit or non-profit organizations.

Investments - Emphasizes security and portfolio analysis, the trading and creation of the various instruments within the markets, and the management of assets and liabilities. The objective of this track is to prepare students for careers as financial analysts and to begin the preparation of students for the Level I test of the Certified Financial Analysis (CFA) designation.

Real Estate - The objective of this track is to prepare students for careers in the diverse field of real estate. The program is designed to acquaint students with real estate brokerage, management, appraisal, acquisition, lending, and development with particular emphasis on real estate appraisal, finance, and investment.

Program of Study-Courses You Will Take

Typical Career Paths
Corporate and Public Finance
Personal Financial Planning
Real Estate
Investment Banking
Money Management


Some Related Career Titles


Entry Level Jobs 



Bank Representative

Financial Planner

Financial Writer







2 Years Minimum Experience Needed Positions and/or Master Degree

Audit Manager

Bank Manager


Branch Manger

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 Employer/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

What Can I do with a major in?
What Can I do With This Major?  




Beginning Salary Range 

Payscale.com- What Are Typical Salaries?
For updated salary information exclusive to the State of Florida go to: http://www.FLChoices.org

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.  


For more information on salaries click here

Skills Needed For This Career


Reading Comprehension

Active Listening

Writing & speaking skills


Critical Thinking

Active Learning


Give Advice On Finances

Plan & Administer Budgets

Examine Financial Records

Prepare Financial Reports

Prepare/Organize Records

Process Data-Computers

Computer Skills




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 Finance Association
Association for Financial Professionals                                                     
National Association of Personal Financial Advisors  
Southern Finance Association 

Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards
Insurance Information Institute
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
Financial Management Association
Financial Planning Association
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
American Association of Finance and Accounting
Investment Management Consultants Association
International Academy of Financial Management
National Association of Real Estate Brokers
Commercial Finance Association
U.S. Department of The Treasury



Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 


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


http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/business-management-programs - includes industry resources, career paths, scholarships, supplemental free online courses, and internship opportunities. 



Graduate Schools 


Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools


Other resources for graduate program research





Link To UNF Program


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


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