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If you were looking at working with money and the strategies involved in making more money, the Finance career cluster may hold the career path for you. Pathways included in this cluster are accounting, bank services, business finance, insurance, and investments. For those who are interested in figuring out how money got to where it is, accounting may be a great option. Those who are interested in looking for market and economic trends in order to make more money might be interested in business finance or working with investments. Because of the large amount of responsibility involved in working with other people’s money, there is often more education required for each of these careers. However, it is possible to break into some of these fields after completing a two-year program. For example, completing a two-year program in accounting technology may allow a person to "keep the books" for a small company.
An accountant performs a variety of duties for clients including journal entries, account reconciliations, preparing financial statements, and any other financial-related work that needs to be done for an organization. Kim, the accountant featured in the video, works for a resort.
An accountant performs a variety of duties for clients including journal entries, account reconciliations, preparing financial statements, and any other financial-related work that needs to be done for an organization. Auditors generally check the work of accountants. Be sure to use the search box to find the videos of Kim and John, two accountants who work in very different settings.
A loan officer reviews and evaluates loan applications and potentially awards loans to applicants. James, the loan officer featured in the video, deals with commercial loans (loans related to real estate, machinery, and equipment that will be used by a business).
Financial managers are responsible for all issues related to finances within an organization. This includes preparing financial statements and forecasts, analyzing market trends, and working with top management on developing financial-related solutions.