Employment Information

Individuals entering a career with a financial institution have many opportunities open to them.  A large number of persons going into banking select career paths in either operations or lending.  Within the lending area, persons can specialize in installment credit lending to consumers of durable goods, mortgage lending to home builders and buyers, or commercial lending to help finance the growth of business firms. 

Men and women entering the securities industry find careers as stock and bond brokers, security analysts, or portfolio managers.  Individuals choosing the area of insurance typically enter company operations through either claims or underwriting positions. Those with sales positions can choose to work either with corporations or individuals as a client base.  In addition, many persons decide to work for the government as finance personnel in charge of revenue and expenditure programs. 

Financial managers engage in many activities designed to ensure the efficient utilization of an individual's or organization's capital resources. The finance field involves the management of funds in our economic system. Because financial managers deal with other people's money, finance is a career choice for individuals who enjoy working with people and who desire challenging assignments. 

The B.S./B.A. in Finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provides students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.

Skills Needed for Career Field

  • Financial Statements
  • Spreadsheets
  • Valuation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Analysis
  • Math Skills
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Persuasion

Possible Careers

Corporate Finance
Financial Analyst Consulting Services Equity Manager
Stock Broker Controller Investor Relations Officer
Actuary Budget, Capital Planning and Forecasting
Bank Officer Loan Officer Commercial Banker
Investment Banker Credit Analyst Underwriter
Financial Planning
Financial Management (e.g., CFO, Controller) Financial Reporting Financial Advisor
Management/Cost Accounting  Internal Auditing Tax Planning and Operations
Director of Development Insurance Agent
Auditor Business Planning and Operations

Where Graduates Are Working

  • JP Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Bank of America
  • Merrill Lynch
  • D.A. Davidson
  • Pimco
  • Ferguson Wellman
  • Mutual of Enumclaw
  • Oregon Bankers Association
  • Intel
  • IBM
  • Cambia

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