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Finance

Finance is the management, creation and study of money, banking, credit, investments, assets and liabilities. While three distinct categories exist, namely, corporate, personal and public finance, there are a variety of different roles, areas and industries in which finance professionals work.

Finance Jobs

It is helpful to think of your career path decision in two buckets: functional role and industry. As you assess these choices, think about what really interests you!

Finance roles occupy space along a spectrum, from more “people-focused” to “data-focused.” Do you like the idea of client interaction? Or, do you prefer analytics?

Keep in mind that the general titles below are illustrative and can certainly vary by industry and company.

Another framework for thinking about your functional path has been provided by Michael G. Katz, Director MBA Career Advising at University of California Haas School of Business. Are you interested in work that is transactional in nature or focused on managing a business?

Lastly, finance professionals work in a myriad of industries and businesses. It’s important to think about what interests you in terms of products and services. Do you want to do finance at a bank? Or, are you interested in becoming a finance professional within a non-financial industry? Here are some areas where finance professionals work:

  • Asset Management and Insurance
  • Brokering and Research
  • Commercial Banks
  • Corporate finance (service and manufacturing companies)
  • Government Entities
  • Hedge Funds
  • Investment Banks
  • Investment Institutions
  • Non Profits
  • Venture Capital Firms
  • Wealth Management Firms

Finance Career Guides

Use these resources to research specific finance career paths and companies:

  • Vault: Use valuable Day in the Life articles, Vault Guides as well as industry overviews. (in BizLink)
  • Evisors: View finance webinars and panel discussions. (in BizLink)
  • Street of Walls: Learn about careers in investment banking, hedge funds and private equity. 
  • Glassdoor

Finance Job Search Resources

In addition to the two UB career management systems, BizLink and BullsEye, use the following resources to search for additional finance opportunities:

Recommended

  • One Wire Finance - Finance career management tool for precise connections between finance professionals and firms. Complete your free profile, get matched to relevant financial services jobs and internships, and refer friends and earn referral bonuses.
  • Careerbuilder: Offers the nation's leading recruitment resource through more than 130 local newspapers. Search for a job by job type or industry. CareerBuilder also has international jobs. 
  • eFinancialCareers: Create a profile to gain access to industry insights and newsletters as well as finance roles from leading brands and niche boutiques.
  • Hoovers: company and industry research (Build a List [PDF] through the UB Libraries)
  • Indeed: Search for jobs in one place accessing thousands of websites. Includes all the job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations, and company career pages and continues to add new sites every day. Search by keyword and location.

Additional Resources

Academics

To learn more about the Finance areas and courses included within the concentration or program, please refer to the academic curriculum.