Exploring a Career in Finance

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Description of the Major
Skills Needed
Sample Occupations
Professional Associations
Student Organizations

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Description of the Major

Finance majors enjoy a strong demand for their skills and knowledge in the labor market. In their work environment, they take the lead in making decisions concerning asset valuation, initial public offerings, stock portfolio management, analyzing financial statements, dividend policy, risk analysis and management, financial market regulation, international diversification, and capital budgeting.

Graduates in finance find jobs in corporate and public finance, investment banking, commercial banks and credit unions, mutual funds, portfolio management, venture capital, Federal and state government regulatory agencies such as the Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, SEC and Treasury Department, trading, and personal financial banking.

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Skills Needed

  • Comprehension of economics and accounting: Understanding and some background in basic accounting and economics
  • Analytical skills: Quantitative skills; ability to work well with numbers; complex problem solving
  • Computer software: Working proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Access, and Excel.
  • Customer service: Ability to work well with clients and partners; communication skills
  • Teamwork: Ability to work well with others; delegate tasks; deliver presentations
  • Time management: Ability to work under tight deadlines; handle multiple tasks/assignments
  • Legal practices/code: Working knowledge of auditing codes and other financial practices/guidelines
  • Information gathering/analysis: Obtain information on all relevant levels and fully analyze implications.
  • Communication skills: Ability to clearly, effectively convey information and suggestions both via writing and verbally.
 

 

 

Sample Occupations

(Connected to the Bureau of Labor and Statistic’s online Occupational Outlook Handbook)

  • Account Analyst
  • Assesser
  • Bank Examiner
  • Bank Trust Officer
  • Broker/Dealer
  • Budget Analyst
  • Business Consultant
  • Commercial Lender
  • Comptroller
  • Cost Estimator
  • Credit Analyst
  • Credit Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Consultant
  • Financial Examiner
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Insurance Appraiser
  • International Advisor
  • Management Analyst
  • Mortgage Broker
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Property Manager
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Relationship Banker
  • Risk Manager
  • Sercuity Analyst
  • Stock Trader
  • Tax Preparer

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Sample Professional Associations

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Student Organizations

  • Financial Management Association
  • International Business Organizatoin
  • Mason Consulting Club

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George Mason University School of Business

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 10 percent of all AACSB accredited business schools, the School of Business is one of only 25 percent of business schools accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

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