10 Hotshot Finance Jobs Worth Earning a College Degree

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While some people choose a career based on things such as job satisfaction or income potential, maybe you’re the type of person that asks, “Why not have both?”

This may be why you have identified a career in finance as the way to make that happen.

Your vision for your career may still seem a bit fuzzy right now because you’re unsure of the specific job opportunities. That’s OK. It’s natural. But by learning about the different jobs you can do with a finance degree you can begin to better visualize yourself in the career you’ve always wanted. A career rich with opportunities that you will love and others will envy.

In-demand finance jobs that require a degree

Upon earning your degree in finance there is a remarkably wide range of career options and employment opportunities for you. This field continues to grow faster (23%) than the average occupation (14%), which should give you a tremendous opportunity to begin building an impressive career when compared to other professions.

To help you better understand your job options we analyzed job openings over the past year and found that there were more than 450,000 openings for business finance positions (see chart). We highlighted the ten most popular occupations within the world of finance that require a degree.

The job outlook for finance professionals offers a tremendous range of possibilities that allows savvy professionals to positively impact the financial well-being of businesses and individuals. “I love the fact that I am able to take the wealth that people have worked so hard to earn and make it work just as hard for them by helping it grow in the markets,” says Elle Kaplan, CEO at Lexion Capital.

So if you’re interested in finding a position of importance, you’re in the right place.

All of these positions are critical for a variety of different business operations. Some positions that may already be clear to you include accountants, auditors and personal financial advisors. But did you know that the world of financial/management analysts revolves around conducting analyses of information and operations in order to help improve business efficiencies and outcomes. Or that the field of financial and management analysts combined are projected to add more than 200,000 new jobs through 2020?

Or how about that purchasing agents negotiate and manage contracts between businesses and the vendors that supply their equipment and supplies. This field is projected to add more than 30,000 jobs over the next seven years.

And of course, there is the question of salary.

For salary information you can also use this national wage estimates to see how financial professionals have an annual average salary of $69,550; more than $20,000 more than the average of all occupations. But to be more specific, the median salaries for professionals working within the top three positions listed in the chart could expect to make more around $61,000, $74,000 and $78,000 respectively. How about that?!

With this list of the top detailed occupations and salary information you should be able start to make a mental roadmap of how you can plan to achieve your goal by getting the finance job you want.

The time for focusing your efforts on doing what’s necessary to become a future financier is now. No matter where you are now or have been in your academic journey, by earning a degree in finance you can gain that foundation of knowledge that will help prepare you for landing one of these sought after positions.

Are you ready to start building a career that you will be happy to highlight on your Facebook page? Let us know in the comments below!

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