Finance Program Details

Is Finance for Me?

What Is Finance?

THE NEWS IS OUT: Building a career in finance is not synonymous with being an investment banker on Wall Street, or a trader on the global stock exchange. Upon graduation, students that a major in finance has a variety of career paths to choose from. While working in the financial sector, you can advise both companies and individuals on how to make money while also earning a stash of Benjamins on your own.

If you think working in finance symbolizes a nerdy number cruncher who appears to be engaged to a calculator, you have a very wrong perception of what it means to work in finance.

Why Major in Finance?

It’s marketable. According to research conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) regarding the top degrees for getting hired in 2016, a degree in finance ranked number one among employers, surpassing computer science and mechanical engineering. 

It’s impactful. A company cannot survive without making money. By working in finance, you are on the front lines of the battleground and on a path to victory.

It pays well. The median annual pay for employees working in finance is around $69,000, and more experienced/specialized workers can make up to $187,000 or more. There are numerous opportunities for advancement, and you can work in many different roles, from personal financial planner to chief financial officer at a Fortune 100 company.

Is Finance for Me?

In order to love finance, you must be able to see the big picture and think strategically. You need to love problem solving; you are keeping the organization from going bankrupt, so you must be able to effectively solve problems. Here are a few skills and attributes that will benefit you as an employee in the financial sector:

  • A strategic, analytical mind
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Problem solver
  • Good at calculations (don’t worry, you get a calculator ;))
  • Resilient

Why Study Finance at JBU?

A finance degree from JBU will provide you with an understanding of basic financial management techniques as well as a broad overview of financial planning and portfolio analysis. The purpose is to provide students with knowledge helpful for working toward financial certifications such as the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and entry level jobs in financial planning, banking, and corporate finance.  Click on the links for more information about certification requirements.

Click here for a list of course requirements: Finance Course Requirements