Financial Manager

Career Overview

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.


A four-year bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, business, or a related field is likely the minimum degree required to obtain this position. Many organization may look for someone with a master's degree in a similar field. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years of work after earning a bachelor's degree.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$50,000 /yr
$100,000 /yr
$160,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Computer Science
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Science - as much as possible, including psychology!
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
Work Environment

Financial managers work in many industries, including banks and insurance companies. They generally work very closely with top managment, and are often required to work many hours each week (more than 40).

Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location. Candidates with a master’s degree or certification should enjoy the best job prospects.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada