George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Career Exploration: Finance

The area of finance is diverse, encompassing concepts and techniques utilized by individuals, businesses, and government agencies in making decisions about acquiring and investing funds.

Finance professionals find a diverse job market awaiting them with career options in corporate and public finance, investment banking, commercial banks and credit unions, mutual funds, portfolio management, venture capital, trading, personal finance banking, and federal and state government regulatory agencies such as the Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, SEC, and Treasury Department.

Here is just a small sampling of careers that a concentration in finance can help you launch.

  • Account Analyst
  • Bank Examiner
  • Broker/Dealer
  • Budget Analyst
  • Business Consultant
  • Commercial Lender
  • Comptroller
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Examiner
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • International Advisor
  • Mortgage Broker
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Risk Manager
  • Stock Trader

Finance Job Title and Average Salaries

  • Commercial Banking—$92,983
  • Investment Banking—$96,543
  • Financial Planner—$61,830
  • Insurance Agent—$37,667
  • Public Accounting—$63,907
  • Hedge Funds Manager—$70,000
  • Venture Capitalist—$92,406
  • Real Estate Agent—$59,180
  • Chief Financial Officer—$128,468

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Finance Career Paths


Financial positionAdequate protectionTax planningInvestment and accumulation goalsRetirement planningEstate planning


Balance risk and profitabilityStudy and forecast economic trendsReview company reports and suggest efficienciesWork to maximize stock valueManage funds, including choosing a portfolio of investmentsApply principles of financial risk management


Focuses on the financial dealings of states, as well as related public entities such as school districts or government agencies.