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Finance Major Career Planning Options

Finance is the study of the assets of corporations and/or individuals. This concentration examines how these assets are acquired and financed. Students will acquire a solid background in financial principles and practices which enables them to interact with a full range of business professionals. Areas of study include financial instruments, institutions, and markets associated with business. Finance students develop a wide array of analytical skills, attain a thorough understanding of the finance function in various organizations, and sharpen their awareness of how financial institutions and markets function in a global environment. While helping students build a well-rounded foundation of knowledge and skills enriched by liberal arts education, the major offers intensive instructions and training in different areas of finance. The major also offers students opportunities for specialization and career focus through a wide range of electives and faculty-supervised internships and independent study projects that enhance individual learning experience.

Rivier University offers finance majors the option of earning a Bachelor of Science in Finance as part of the Undergraduate Department of Business Administration. Questions related to a major in finance should be directed to the Business Administration Department at 897-8237. Visit Rivier’s Business Administration Department for additional information on degree requirements and course offerings. 

Finance Major Skills  

Organization Construct cash budgets
Analytical ability Calculate portfolio expected returns
Sound judgment  Estimate the cost of short/long-term funds 
Interpret numerical data  Communication of financial information 
Accuracy  Understand business management 
Strong mathematical aptitude  Forecasting future financial needs
Independent thinking  Understanding of financial structures 


Career Paths in Finance 

Careers for new finance graduates are diverse and dependent upon one’s interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis, and practical experience in the field. An education in finance prepares for career opportunities in securities and credit analysis, corporate finance, financial planning, money management, insurance and banking. The program also prepares for graduate work in finance, economics, management, accounting, law and other related disciplines. In today’s competitive global market, companies search for competent business and financial leaders to make the right decisions promptly and effectively to achieve success. Acquire a solid background in financial principals and practices that will ultimately enable interaction with a full range of business professionals. Develop a broad array of analytical skills, gain a thorough understanding of the finance function in different types of organizations, and sharpen awareness of how financial institutions and markets function in a global environment.

Finance graduates may work as…
(The following are titles from across the industry. Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor’s degree.)  

Accountant                                                      Internal Auditor
Actuary  International Trade Specialist 
Appraiser  Inventory Control Specialist 
Bond Manager  Inventory Data Manager 
Budget Analyst  Investment Broker 
Business Credit/Loan Specialist  Investment Researcher 
Claim Adjuster/Examiner Management Accountant
Collection Agent  Market Research Analyst
Commodities Trader  Marketing Representative 
Consumer Credit/Loan Officer  Pension Fund Manager 
Credit Counselor  Portfolio Analyst 
Customer Service Representative Property Manager 
Estimator   Public Practice Accountant 
External Auditor  Rate Analyst 
Financial Analyst  Real Estate Developer 
Financial Economist  Real Estate Salesperson/Broker 
Financial Planner  Securities Analyst 
Financial Economist  Securities Broker 
Financial Planner  Special Agent
Government Official Systems Analyst 
Industrial/Institutional Buyer  Treasury Management Specialist 
Insurance Agent/Broker  Trust Analyst 


Finance graduates may work within…  

Banks/Financial Institutions Investment Firms
Brokerage Firms  Non-profit organizations 
Corporations  Private Business 
Foundations  Real Estate Agencies 
Government Agencies Schools/Universities 
Hospitals  Sole Practitioners 
Insurance Agencies   


Ways to Increase Employability 

The following suggestions will enhance your leadership skills and workplace qualifications, while promoting networking relationships with fellow professionals:

  • Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one’s professional field of interest.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
  • Become an active student member of university, community, or professional organizations.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job or internship positions.
  • Develop aptitude in computer technology.
  • Develop cross-cultural skills for the global market.
  • Use every opportunity in & out of the classroom to practice group teamwork skills that will be invaluable in the business world.

Sources of Information on Majors, Careers and Employment in Management 

  • Rivier University Faculty Advisors, Academic Advisors, & Business Administration Department Resources
  • Professionals Working in the Field
  • Professional Organizations
  • Rivier University Career Development Center Counseling Staff, Website & Office Resources

Professional & Rivier University Organizations related to Finance 

Career Related Websites for Finance Majors