Career Path: Finance

“Be okay with taking calculated risks.” - Madeline Carpenter’14


Finance is the most popular field that Beloit’s econ/business graduates enter. It is a diverse field with a wide range of opportunities for those who want to help people, or companies, succeed financially. The umbrella term covers jobs such as a financial or investment advisor, trader, stockbroker, financial analyst, portfolio manager, investment banker, and various positions in corporate finance & the insurance industry. Most positions in finance require proficiency in Excel, an affinity with numbers, and basic knowledge of accounting, including an ability to read financial statements. Communication and inter-personal skills are also important.

Facts & Figures

Figures taken from GlassDoor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Number of Jobs in 2020: 492,100
  • Job outlook: 6% (2020-2030)
  • Starting salary: $54,532/yr
  • Mid-career salary: $73,011/yr
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s Degree

How to Get Started

  1. Talk with your advisor and/or one of Economics & Business faculty, such as:
  2. Minor in finance (offered by the Business School); economics or business management major is helpful, but not required; any major would work
  3. Connect with Beloit Alumni in finance careers (faculty listed above can help)
  4. Pursue finance internships (check Impact Beloit’s Concierge Internship Program; alumni network can also help)
  5. Visit Career Works.

Finance minor is available to students of all majors, and this career path is open to all students regardless of academic background. 

Alumni Stories

Congratulations, Ankit!

Part-time internship at an asset management firm

Beloit student Ankit Dahiya’23 shares his journey from a summer internship to landing a part-time internship at an asset management firm.

Congratulations, Caden!

Summer internship in finance and accounting

Caden Anderson has accepted a summer internship with Aptar


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