College of Business

What can I do with my Finance Degree?

Personal Financial Planning

Career Areas Potential Employers
Personal Financial Planner Brokerage firms
Operations Trust companies
Customer Service Financial partnerships
Portfolio Management Multi-line insurance firms
Insurance Agent Sole practitioners
Retirement Specialist

Develop a solid personal network: attend networking workshops and events sponsored by Career Services. Research how to obtain the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. See Dr. Moten at jmoten@umhb.edu

Corporate Finance

Career Areas Potential Employers
Financial Analysis Private businesses of all sizes
Cash Management State and local government agencies
Credit Management Federal agencies
Budget Analysis Multi-line insurance firms
Treasury Non-profit organizations
Risk Management Hospitals and Foundations

Complete a related internship. Develop strong computer skills, including spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. Sharp analytical skills are crucial in this industry. You may want to consider graduate school; earning an MBA can help you reach the highest level of corporate finance.

Insurance

Career Areas Potential Employers
Agent/Broker Life insurance firms
Loss Control Property and casualty insurance firms
Actuarial Science Commercial banks
Underwriting Saving banks
Sales
Risk Management

Complete an internship with an insurance agency. Talk to professional in the industry to learn more about claims, underwriting, and risk management. Many entry-level positions exist in these areas. Develop strong communication skills, as many positions require interaction with others and the ability to explain information clearly and concisely. Initiative and sales ability are necessary to be a successful agent or broker. Take additional statistics courses to prepare for a career in actuary science.

Investment Banking

Career Areas Potential Employers
Trading Investment banking firms
Currency Trading and Derivatives Financial services firms
Mergers and Acquisitions Insurance firms
Business Valuation
Equity and Debt
New Venture Analysis

An MBA is required to move beyond the entry-level analyst position in investment banking. Be prepared to work many hours of overtime per week, start at the bottom, and pay your dues. Development strong analytical and communication skills, and cultivate personal ambitions. Investment banking is a highly competitive field. Obtain a Series 7 License for both institutional and retail broker sales positions. Work toward the CFA designation.

Banking

Career Areas Potential Employers
Cash Management Commercial Banks and Credit Unions
Commercial Lending Savings and Loans Association
Branch Management Savings banks
Mortage Loans Mortage banks
Credit Scoring and Risk Captive finance companies
Corporate Credit Analysis Federal Reserve, FDIC

Develop a solid background in business marketing and accounting. Get experience through part-time, summer, or internship positions in a financial service firm. Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to work well with a diverse clientele. Take intermediate accounting courses, especially for jobs in credit analysis or lending, to complement your finance knowledge.

Real Estate

Career Areas Potential Employers
Residential Brokerage Property management company
Commercial Sales Real estate brokers
Appraisals Commercial banks
Property Management Appraisal firms
Real Estate Portfolio Management Developers
Mutal funds

Obtain sales experience through part-time, summer or internship position. Research how to become a real estate broker though the National Association of Realtors. Develop skills in entrepreneurship and networking.

Consulting

Career Areas Potential Employers
Business Valuation Large professional service firms
M&A Advisory Boutique firms that specialize in certian areas
Strategy and program Evaluation
Restructuring and Turnaround
Healthcare Consulting
Government Contracts

Consulting is essentially the business of providing advice to your clients, so excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are necessary. An MBA or specialized masters degree is often required to move beyond an entry level analyst tole. As you progress in your career, you usually develop knowledge in a specific industry and become a specialist. Presentation skills and spreadsheets skills are very important. Be prepared for long and extensive travel.

Accounting

Career Areas Potential Employers
Financial Management Companies of various sizes in all industries
Financial Reporting Federal agencies and departments: Federal Bureau of Investigation, IRS Department of Treasury, Securities and Exchange Commission
Cost Accounting
Tax Planning
Research

Opportunities in accounting sometimes exist in government and corporate settings for finance students. Maintain a strong GPA and take more than the required number of accounting classes to supplement the finance curriculum. Complete an internship in a government agency and become familiar with the government application process to work in the public sector.

Money Management

Career Areas Potential Employers
Research Portfolio management firms
Trading Commercial banks
Marketing Investment banks
Portfolio Management Federal Reserve banks
Mutual Fund Analysis Insurance firms

Most positions required an advanced degree in economics, finance, or business and many years of financial experience. Have a broad understanding of business and be comfortable with the risks of investing. Good entry points are working for a public pension fund, bank trust department, or a mutual fund.