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Careers in Finance


Finance positions face growing demand and a need for specialized training and skills. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment growth of 10% – 14% for financial positions through 2026. Finance careers regularly place in the top 15 of Best Business Jobs and in the top 75 of Best Jobs in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings.

Choosing The Right Career

You have a wide range of career opportunities in finance, including positions that involve substantial analysis and ones that require negotiation skills. You need to select the career path that fits you best. The job market is competitive and students with strong academic skills, campus involvement, internships and connections with professional associations have the best opportunities for placement. The main skills used in finance include:

  • Strong skills in mathematics and problem solving
  • Technical expertise with systems and programs
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Strong communication and decision-making skills

Finance is a fast-paced career. It requires the ability to justify assumptions, evaluate options, adjust for risk and raise money while considering the costs and benefits involved. Banks, insurance companies, brokerage houses and other institutions provide financial advice, and most firms have a finance department involved with raising and investing money.

The MS Finance program at UT Dallas has been recognized as an Affiliated University by CFA® Institute, the organization that confers the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. The Financial Analyst concentration in the MS Finance program has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA® Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA® Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. This program positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.