Finance
Bachelor of Science in Business

Finance

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

Finance professionals help organizations find and manage the resources needed to grow, make investments and acquisitions, plan for the future, and manage existing assets. Undergraduate learners in the Finance specialization build the finance knowledge and skills needed to advance in the financial services industry or as a finance professional within a public or private organization. In addition to finance expertise, learners demonstrate the management, interpersonal, and professional thinking skills needed to impact effectiveness across all levels of their organization. Learners select elective courses based on their individual professional needs.

Skills gained through this specialization:

This specialization was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Employ effective technological strategies for financial decision making
  • Implement ethical and legal standards and guidelines in finance
  • Evaluate the relationship and influence of globalization and culture on United States financial systems and markets
  • Analyze economic and financial data
  • Manage personal, corporate, and non-profit organization finances using the fundamentals of finance
  • Communicate effectively

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

Professional Associations

Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Financial analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Credit analyst
  • Accountant
  • Internal auditor
  • Relationship banker
  • Teller
  • Data analyst
  • Assistant controller
  • Treasury analyst
  • Bookkeeper
  • Financial advisor

Employment settings to explore

  • Corporation
  • Bank/credit union
  • Real estate agency
  • Small business
  • Mortgage company
  • Insurance firm
  • Government-local, state and federal
  • Consulting firm
  • Financial services agency
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Health care organization
  • Investment firm

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include monetary compensation, benefits, work environment, organization culture, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 

Accreditation

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.