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Career Information for Finance Majors



[Finance] prepares you to plan, manage, and analyze the financial and monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions, and other organizations. - from: Quick Guide to College Majors and Careers. 2nd edition by Laurence Shatkin

Careers include:

  • Controller
  • Financial analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Internal auditor
  • Accountant
  • Security analyst
  • Insurance services
  • Federal Reserve officer
  • Treasurer



Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

Search for reports about any of the careers listed above. The Occupational Outlook Handbook website maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor provides:

  • Hundreds of types of jobs, accessible by job title or general occupational areas
  • Training and educational requirements
  • Salaries
  • Expected job growth
  • Job descriptions
  • Working conditions



Career Databases


Vault Online Career Library (Career Insider)

  • Career articles
  • Descriptions of occupations
  • Occupational surveys
  • Company profiles and rankings
  • Industry guides

WetFeet Career Guides

  • Available via Penn State Career Services
    • Career articles
    • Industry overviews
    • Job search strategies
    • Company profiles and company culture insights




Associations provide not only helpful information for practitioners, but wonderful career resources as well. Association web sites often have two levels of access: public information (free) and also information for members only (fee-based). Associations usually publish newsletters, journals and other resources to help their membership stay on top of issues in the profession. Links to related associations are usually posted.

Association for Financial Professionals

  • Sponsors the Certified Treasury Professional Associate and the Certified Corporate FP&A Professional certifications
  • Career Articles (under Topics)
  • Career center with resources and advice

CFA Institute

  • Sponsors the Chartered Financial Analyst and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) programs
  • Strong educational component
  • Career resources library

Institute of Management Accountants

  • Certified Management Accountant program
  • Student membership at reduced rate
  • Student leadership conference

Additional associations may be found in each report in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.




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