Finance

I love money!

Industry Overview

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.

Explore Careers in this Industry

Accountant - Kim

Career Overview

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.

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$36,000 /yr
$65,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr

Accountants and Auditors

Career Overview

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.

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$36,000 /yr
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$120,000 /yr

Branch Manager (Bank) - Mark

Career Overview

The branch manager of a bank manages every aspect of banking including staffing, generating business in the community, and dealing with customers at the bank.

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$39,000 /yr
$56,000 /yr
$76,000 /yr

Business Manager (Automotive) - Anna

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A business manager oversees the accounting department and all expenditures for an organization. Anna, the business manager featured in the video works for an automotive dealer.

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$36,000 /yr
$65,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr

Commercial Loan Officer - James

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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).

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$32,000 /yr
$63,000 /yr
$132,000 /yr

Controller/Comptroller - Michelle

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A controller (or comptroller) oversees all financial aspects of an organization.

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$36,000 /yr
$65,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr

Credit Analysis Manager - Jeff

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A credit analysis manager oversees other analysts to make sure they are evaluating potential commercial loan customers accurately.

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$32,000 /yr
$63,000 /yr
$132,000 /yr

Financial Manager

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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.

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$50,000 /yr
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$160,000 /yr

Personal Financial Advisor

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Personal financial advisors assess the financial needs of individuals and help them with decisions on investments (stocks and bonds), college savings, estate planning, tax laws, and insurance.

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$41,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr
$208,000 /yr

Public Accountant - John

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A public accountant performs a variety of duties for clients including tax preparation, tax research, preparing financial statements, business consulting, and payroll services.

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$36,000 /yr
$65,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr

Purchasing Agent - Allison

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A purchasing agent is in charge of purchasing all materials needed by an organization. Allison, the purchasing agent featured in the video, works for a school system.

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$35,000 /yr
$60,000 /yr
$101,000 /yr

Tax Preparer Consultant - Ray

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A tax preparer typically prepares tax returns for individuals and small businesses.

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$19,000 /yr
$36,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr