Companies look to their top financial executives for new ways to grow and diversify their organization, and clients look to trusted professionals to help them meet financial goals. Your MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics prepares you to analyze the risks and outcomes of financial growth strategies, and drive financial progress with an expertise in finance and advanced business knowledge.
MBA Finance Jobs — Titles
The finance concentration of your MBA gives you a competitive edge in jobs across all industries. Companies look to MBA graduates to fill their executive roles, whether it’s in banking, corporate finance, securities analysis, insurance, or real estate. Below are a few top-title positions to consider in your career with an MBA in finance.
|Average Salary: $117,990||Projected Career Growth: 7%1|
Financial managers are known by many titles; controllers; treasurers; finance officers; credit managers; and cash, risk, or insurance managers, to name several. In these positions, the financial health of an organization rests in your hands. You’ll analyze the financial statements, business activity reports, and forecasts that you prepare to direct investments and develop strategies for the long-term financial goals of an organization. You’ll likely be called on to help management make financial decisions, and to supervise the employees who perform financial reporting and budgeting, ensuring that all legal requirements are met.
|Personal Financial Advisors|
|Average Salary: $89,116||Projected Career Growth: 30%2|
As a personal financial advisor, you’ll analyze the marketplace and make investments on your clients’ behalf to help them establish and meet life-long financial goals and plan for specific circumstances, such as education or retirement. You’ll call on your communication skills when you meet with clients to discuss their financial goals, carefully explain the types of services you can provide them, and educate them about their investment options and potential risks. Throughout your clients’ lifecycles, you should monitor their accounts and recommend changes based on their current status and marketplace performance. If they choose to get married, have children, or reach other milestones, a strategy should be put in place to accommodate new goals.
|Average Salary: $99,180||Projected Career Growth: 6%3|
Economists are often cited in the news regarding their analysis of statistical reports and market trends. In business, you’ll help organizations understand how the economy will affect a company in regards to consumer demand and sales, employment levels, business cycles, exchange rates, taxes, inflation, or interest rates. As the complexity of an increasingly global market grows with additional financial regulation and competition, you’ll be called on to research economic data, interpret and forecast market trends, and advise on economic topics and design policies to solve economic problems.
|Average Salary: $80,310||Projected Career Growth: 12%4|
Financial analysts are also known as securities analysts and investment analysts. In this role, you’ll evaluate current financial data and study its historical trend to recommend individual investments or entire portfolios for financial gain. You’ll also determine a company’s value by examining their financial statements, assess the strength of the management team, and meet with company officials to gain better insight to its investment prospects. As portfolios become more complex and emerging markets provide new opportunity, your expertise is needed in banks, securities firms, insurance companies, and other fields to carefully evaluate how a company should move forward with their investment opportunities.
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1 Financial Managers: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Financial Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/financial-managers.htm (visited November 15, 2016).
2 Personal Financial Advisors: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Personal Financial Advisors, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/personal-financial-advisors.htm (visited November 15, 2016).
3 Economists Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Economists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/economists.htm (visited November 14, 2016).
4 Financial Analysts Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Financial Analysts, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm (visited November 15, 2016).