8 Top Careers in Finance

Published on November 3, 2014 by arothstein

jobs in financeAll industries work with budgets, finances and spending and all industries need finance professionals to handle these tasks well. Finance careers are currently showing growth and here are some of the top careers in finance. Check out what they do and what you need in order to build a career in finance.

Financial Analyst

Financial analysts work in banks, securities firms, insurance companies, pension and mutual funds and other businesses. They research and analyze investment opportunities and use their knowledge and insight to help individuals and businesses make investment decisions.

This position requires at least a bachelor’s degree and more often a master’s degree. Licensing through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority may also be required depending on the position. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects faster than average (16%) growth for this career through 2022.

Financial Managers

Financial managers work in a range of industries monitoring the financial health of an organization. They analyze the financial data and advise management on ways to maximize profitability.

This position generally requires a bachelor’s degree and experience in business or finance. A certification such as the Chartered Financial Analyst or Certified Treasury Professional may also be required. Average growth (9%) is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics through 2022.

Personal Financial Advisors

Personal financial advisors work with individuals to look at their financial needs and goals and help them make decisions to help reach their goals. This could involve short-term and long-term goals such as buying a car or a home, paying for college or planning for retirement.

A bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, business or accounting is usually required for this position. A certification such as Certified Financial Planner may be advantageous and different licensing may be required if you choose to buy or sell stocks, bonds or insurance.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts much faster than average growth (27%) for personal financial advisors through 2022.

Accountants and Auditors

Accountants and auditors prepare, organize and analyze financial documents. They may specialize in the services they offer such as a public accounting, management accounting, risk management, forensic accounting or assurance services.

A bachelor’s degree in accounting is generally the minimum requirement for these positions. Often, a master’s or MBA is required. Licensing or certification such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) may be an additional qualification for employment.

Average growth (13%) through 2022 is predicted for accountants and auditors.

Financial Examiners

Financial examiners review and analyze financial documentation to monitor the financial condition of organizations. They ensure compliance with the laws governing financial transactions and institutions.

A bachelor’s degree is often the starting qualification for this profession, but a master’s degree may be required for a senior position.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 6 percent growth through 2022 for this field.

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Budget Analyst

A budget analyst will work with business or program managers to develop the budgets for departments and then combine them to build the organizational budget. They will also monitor spending and financial needs to make adjustments or find alternatives to cut costs.

This position generally requires a bachelor’s degree, but some employers prefer a master’s. Growth of 6 percent is expected for this position through 2022.


Logisticians work across industries analyzing and coordinating the supply chain for an organization. They manage the movement of supplies and products from suppliers to consumers. Activities include purchasing, transportation, inventory and warehousing.

An associate degree may be enough for this position, but more often a bachelor’s degree is required. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects much faster than average growth (22%) for logisticians. The growth of the global economy has driven the needs for efficient transportation of supplies and products.

Cost Estimator

Cost estimators are needed in multiple industries. They tend to specialize in particular industry or product. They collect and analyze data to estimate the amount of time, money, materials and labor needed to make a product, build a building or provide a service.

A bachelor’s degree is usually required for this position. A strong math background is important as is experience in the industry. Strong growth (26%) is expected for this type of position particularly in the construction industry.










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