A popular choice for those oriented towards working in the financial, the non-profit or the corporate worlds, an education in Finance provides a solid analytical and quantitative foundation for pursuing a career in a variety of business areas, including managing an organization, helping families plan their financial future, or working in corporate finance.

Career Options in Finance

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a Finance degree than others.

  • Actuary
  • Bank Research Analyst
  • Banking Representative
  • Benefits Coordinator
  • Bond Trader
  • Business Administrator
  • Business Developer/Strategist
  • Commodity Analyst/ Trader
  • Comptroller
  • Corporate Banker
  • Corporate Financial Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Equity Analyst
  • Executive Assistant
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Auditor
  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Researcher
  • Institutional Equity Trader
  • Investment Advisor
  • Investment Portfolio Manager
  • Lawyer
  • Loan/Mortgage Officer
  • Management Consultant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Merchandiser
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Public Accountant
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Researcher
  • Risk Manager
  • Securities Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Stockbroker
  • Tax Accountant
  • Trader
  • Underwriter
  • Venture Capitalist

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.

Skills Developed through Studies in Finance

A background in Finance ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges.

Core Finance Skills

  • The skills to manage the financial affairs of a company for work in corporate finance
  • Personal financial planning and investment analysis skills for work in wealth management careers
  • Specialized skills in valuing stock options, managing working capital and evaluating investment strategies and knowledge of law, marketing, accounting, information systems, business strategy and human resource management
  • The analytical abilities to gather various types of market information, assess them, analyze potential linkages, plan a course of action, and efficiently interact with colleagues to successfully identify investment perspectives as well as business realities

Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written statements
  • An ability to organize, understand and analyze new sources of information and to apply novel forms of technology or new information to different professional settings and tasks
  • Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
  • The ability to learn new information and apply this to professional demands
  • The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
  • The ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas

Management and Teamwork

  • The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project’s intended and successful end result
  • Logical thinking skills and the ability to lead and interact with a variety of people with different approaches and personal and professional backgrounds
  • Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
  • The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects

Professional Associations and Organizations in Finance

Knowing an industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field.