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Finance Career Cluster

Planning, services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.

Career Pathways within this Cluster:

  • Accounting - Accounting encompasses careers that record, classify, summarize, analyze, and communicate a business‗s financial information/business transactions for use in management business decision-making. Accounting includes such activities as bookkeeping, systems design, analysis, and interpretation of accounting information.

  • Securities and Investments - The securities and investments industry consists of brokerage firms, investment banks, and stock exchanges, all of which support the flow of funds from investors to companies and institutions. Related services include financial planning, asset management, hedge fund management, and custody services.

  • Business Finance - The business finance function in a company is to manage policy and strategy for (and the implementation of) capital structure, budgeting, acquisition and investment, financial modeling and planning, funding, dividends, and taxation.

  • Banking Services - Primarily concerned with accepting deposits, lending funds, and extending credit banking services include cash management short-term investments mortgages credit, management, investments, and other loans, credit cards, and bill payment. Banking services are delivered via a number of different institutions, from commercial banks (the largest group) and other traditional means (savings and loans associations, credit unions, and local banks) to newer ventures through insurance companies, brokerage houses, and the internet.

  • Insurance - The insurance industry, which exists to protect individuals and businesses from financial losses, delivers services that transfer risk from an individual or business to an insurance company.

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