What is a career in finance?

Finance is the management, investment and creation of money. Finance opens the door to many business opportunities, such as banking, financial analysis and financial planning.

Career Fields in Finance

Careers in finance typically involve:


Examining records of financial transactions and ensuring compliance with federal and state laws.


Advising individuals or companies of the benefits and risks associated with financial investments.


Using math and statistics to understand budgeting practices and make recommendations to maximize profit.

Local Companies Hiring Finance Majors

  • Alter Domus
  • Charles Schwab
  • Cummins
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • OneAmerica
  • PwC 

Salary Statistics

Review Career and Salary Statistics to learn more about the earning potential of finance careers.

Potential Finance Jobs

Entry-Level Positions

  • Financial analyst
  • Financial auditor
  • Tax associate

Mid-Level Positions

  • Assistant controller
  • Senior analyst

Senior-Level Positions

  • Chief financial officer (CFO)
  • Controller

Preparing for a Career in Finance


Consider co-majors or minors that can help build your skillset.

  • Real Estate: Learn how to value commercial investment properties.
  • Economics: Gain a better understanding of factors that influence markets.

Get Involved

Get involved on campus through student organizations.

Build Experience

Finance job and internship recruitment is focused on the Fall semester.

Key Tips to Consider about Finance Careers

  1. Organization, attention to detail and a strong mathematical background are key components to a successful career in finance.
  2. Additional certifications or licenses may be required to sell certain financial products.
  3. Investment banking often requires a master’s degree, and jobs are often located in large financial markets like New York City.

Explore careers in business.

Meet with a Kelley Career Coach to discuss which degree path best fits your skills, and follow us on social media to stay current on the latest opportunities.