Whether you’re kicking off a career or a seasoned Financial Advisor considering a change, here’s our quick guide to a career in Finance.

What is Finance?

Finance sometimes gets a bad rap for being one of the less adventurous fields out there. Picturing crunching numbers and creating flow charts? Yes, some of that is the name of the financial game, but you can also make top dollar in finance! Finance pros also need excellent communication and problem solving skills to accurately share their findings and make recommendations.

There are a variety of jobs available in finance. From accountancy, investment management, banking and insurance careers. Finance pros are experts at budgeting, forecasting and making sense out of numbers to deliver revenue results. Worried about the stress level of working in finance? eFinancial careers  recently ranked the most and least stressful jobs in banking and finance from Investment Banker, Trader and Fund Manager to Accounting and Equity Research. Live off of high stress and the potential for high results? An Investment Banker job could be for you. If you enjoy the routine and are okay with working long hours on a seasonal basis, then an accounting job could be the right career path.

Recruiters are looking for masters of these skills when they hire great people for finance positions:

Budgeting Analysis, Financial Management, Financial Strategic Planning, Internal Financial Auditing, Cost Reporting, Communication and Cost Benefit Analysis.

What kind of salary range can I expect in a finance role?

The salary range for a finance role depends on work experience, specialty, and location. Glassdoor cites the national average for a finance role is $65,000. The salary range varies on position and experience. Business Insider ranked the 15 highest-paying jobs in Finance in the U.S. and the top 15 positions all make a median base salary of over $150,000 a year.

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