Business
Finance

The study of finance is essentially learning about the management of funds. Students studying finance will explore the three major areas of the discipline: business, public and personal finance.

Finance is the distribution of accumulated savings and the channeling of such funds in the form of credit, loans or capital to entities that then use the funds. Such entities can include banks, investment firms and credit unions.

Most finance positions require a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in finance. Some students may go on to pursue a Master’s in finance or a related field to advance his or her career, or pursue continuing education in areas such as risk management or bonds pricing.

Depending on the specific finance position, a licensure may be required; these are often given by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. A graduate of finance working in the field of accounting may be required to sit for the CPA exam and become a Certified Public Accountant.

Finance graduates can expect careers within a variety of industries, as the majority of businesses and government agencies employ finance professionals. Students of finance can expect to enter the field with the potential to earn high wages. In 2008, the average median wage for financial analysts, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $73,150. Financial managers averaged $99,330 per year.

Like other business programs, students that major in finance can expect to take courses in economics, statistics, accounting, management and marketing. Specific classes may include topics such as personal finance, business ethics, and international financial management, for example.

The job outlook for the finance industry is expected to have stability and growth until 2018. The area of financial management is expected to grow by 8 percent, while financial analysis will increase by 20 percent. The increase of international investments and growth of international business is part of the expected growth patterns. For more information on the job outlook for a specific area of study or industry in the U.S., the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition is available at http://www.bls.gov/oco


Schools That Offer This Program:
Career Point College
Career Point College
Texas A&M-University Commerce
Strayer University
Strayer University
Western International University
Western International University
Western International University
Trumbull Business College
National College of Business & Technology
National College of Business & Technology
National College of Business & Technology
National College of Business & Technology
UEI College
Everglades University
Everglades University
Lincoln College of New England
Lincoln College of New England
Lincoln College of New England
Lincoln College of Technology
Lincoln College of Technology
Lincoln College of Technology
Southwestern College
Southwestern College
Lincoln College Online
Grantham University
Grantham University
Grantham University
Brookline College
Brookline College
Brookline College
Florida Career College
Florida Career College
New England Institute of Technology
New England Institute of Technology
Computer Systems Institute
American Intercontinental University
American Intercontinental University
American Intercontinental University
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Tester TD
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Brown Mackie College
South University
South University
The Art Institutes
The Art Institutes
Advanced Training
Bryant & Stratton College
Bryant & Stratton College
Landsdale School of Business
Landsdale School of Business
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University
CSI
CSI
CSI
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