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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.

 

Program of Study-Courses You Will Take

Tracks

  • 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.

Typical Career Paths

  • Corporate and Public Finance
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Investment Banking
  • Money Management
  • Accounting

Some Related Career Titles

Entry Level Jobs

  • Actuary
  • Appraiser
  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Writer
  • Examiner

2 Years Minimum Experience Needed and/or Master's Degree

  • Audit Manager
  • Bank Manager
  • Bookkeeper
  • Branch Manager
  • Budget Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Loan Administrator
  • Economist

Career Directions

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 Range

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

Skills Needed For This Career

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:

Job Search Information

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 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