Career Path: Finance

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


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

When Enterpreneurship brings grandma recipe to life

As Patrick started on his adventure as a baseball athlete, he walks us through his journey to entrepreneurship and financial advising. 


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.  


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