Career Path: Finance

“Be okay with taking calculated risks.” - Madeline Carpenter’14
  • Beloit College students spend a day in Chicago at the annual Econ Day learning and networking with alumni about business opportunities.
    Jill Fager


Finance 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.

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

Soft Skills

  • Planning and Organizational Skills
  • Multitasking
  • Analytical & Problem Solving Skills

How to Get Started

  1. Take Beloit College courses in Financial Accounting and Business Finance.
  2. Talk with your advisor and Economics & Business faculty:
  3. Connect with Beloit Alumni in finance careers.
  4. Visit Career Works.
  5. Pursue finance internships.

Alumni Stories

Finance: Master the Financial Portfolio Career

Patrick McKnight ’14 shared his journey of going from working in a bank during college to a successful Portfolio Manager.


Finance: Responsibilities of a Product Developer

Working routine of Madeline Carpenter ’14 - a professional Product Develop Manager.


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