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Put Your Analytical Skills to Use With a Degree in Business and Finance

For those who enjoy facts and figures, a career in business and finance could be a perfect match. Let’s look at two of the most popular options, their requirements, plus growth and salary projections:

  • Accountants and Auditors: Perhaps the most recognizable number crunchers of the business world, accountants and auditors ensure that tax returns are prepared and submitted. They also make sure that tax laws and regulations are being followed throughout the fiscal year, create budgets, and prepare internal reports that help managers make sound business decisions. A bachelor’s degree is generally required for entry into this field, though in a few cases an associate’s will do. A master’s degree in accounting or an MBA will make it easier to find a job, as will becoming a certified public accountant, or CPA. On average, accountants and auditors make about $65,000 a year, with an expected 13 percent growth in demand between 2012 and 2022.
  • Financial Analysts: When business leaders need more specialized advice to make financial decisions, they turn to financial analysts. They are experts in spotting a sound investment for both businesses and individuals, and are able to explain why their recommendations are sound. Analysts are also able to prepare detailed reports, manage financial portfolios, and make long-term debt reduction plans. Perhaps their most important role is in understanding business and economic trends, and comparing current events to historical data to understand the current financial climate. At minimum, you’ll need a bachelor’s in economics, accounting, business, finance, or statistics for a financial analyst role, while many positions require a master’s in either business or finance. There are certifications available to financial analysts as well, such as the Chartered Financial Analyst credential. The median salary for financial analysts is $78,000, with an expected 16 percent growth in demand. 

To succeed in the fast-paced world of finance, some basic skills are a must. For instance, attention to detail is crucial. Something as small as a misplaced decimal point could make a dramatic difference in an annual budget or debt-reduction plan.

Also, communication skills are vital. Listening is especially important, since people will be divulging private financial information and expecting advice that meets their specific, personal needs. Strong written and verbal abilities will come into play as well, since finance professionals will often be sharing complicated concepts with people who may require a layman’s explanation. 

If you’re looking to succeed in this sector, there are tools specifically designed to support your efforts. For instance, accounting software such as Quickbooks, Lead Activity Analyzer, Accurate NXG, and ATX Total Accounting Office help accountants and auditors track data. There are also intuitive financial analysis tools available such as Delphi, Oracle E-Business Suite Financials, and ARES Corporation PRISM Project Estimator. All finance professionals can appreciate tax prep systems like Abacus Tax Software and Thomson GoSystem Tax, and also the variety of regulatory agency compliance software and project management programs available. 

Contact us today to learn more about starting your business and finance career.

 

FIND COLLEGES FOR BUSINESS

15 schools found

American International College

Type: Private For-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:231 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

American InterContinental University (AIU) was founded in Europe in 1970 on the premise that universities should transcend the bounds of the traditional, theory-based approach to education by providing students with a curriculum that can help prepare them to pursue their professional interests in today's globalized, cutting-edge industries.

For more than 45 years, AIU has offered specialized, flexible degree programs. Today, it operates campuses in Atlanta and Houston as well as at AIU Online, which launched in 2001. In January 2001, Career Education Corporation (CEC) acquired the university.

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Bryan University

Type: Private For-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:350 West Washington Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

Bryan University is a leader in solving complex challenges in online education and engineering transformative experiences for students. We believe that online learning can be a desired and preferred educational experience. Through a series of research-based strategies and industry partnerships, we are revolutionizing the way students learn online. All of our innovative, problem-solving initiatives are student-outcomes oriented.

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Centura College

Type: Private For-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:4455 South Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Centura College, with campus locations in Virginia, and South Carolina, is dedicated to helping students gain the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed. Drawing from over 30 years of career school experience, we are committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student. Whether you are a recent high school graduate just starting out, planning to return to the workplace in a new career field, or a member of our Armed Forces preparing to enter the civilian workforce, Centura College can get you the training you need quickly. At Centura College, it's all about the training!

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CollegeAmerica

Type: Private Non-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:Multiple Locations in AZ and CO

Congratulations! Your interest in CollegeAmerica is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a new career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.

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Colorado Christian University Online

Type: Private Non-Profit

Institution Level: More than 4 years

Location:8787 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226

Colorado Christian University is dedicated to helping adults pursue their passion by earning a degree that integrates faith and learning. CCU overs over 70 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree program options 100% online.

Why Choose CCU Online?

1. Flexible schedule that fits your life.

2. Most classes are only 5 weeks long.

3. Transfer credits from another accredited school.

4. Learn vital skills from faculty with real-world experience.                                               

 

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Colorado Technical University

Type: Private For-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:4435 N Chestnut St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Since 1965 Colorado Technical University has been proud to educate career focused students to advance their education and help achieve their goals. CTU’s commitment to provide innovative, real-world education to students within Colorado, the military, across the U.S. and overseas has never wavered. 

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Davenport University

Type: Private Non-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:6191 Kraft Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, non-profit university with campuses across Michigan and online serving nearly 7,500 students. Davenport provides high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience and more than 80 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers.

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Eastwick College

Type: Private For-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:10 S Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey, NJ 07446

When you’re deciding on a school or college, you look at what makes it better than all the others. Here are four major advantages of an Eastwick Education that have established us as one of the most reputable leaders in specialized education.

 

Hands-on Training

 

Each of our programs features a hands-on learning component, where students practice with similar equipment and procedures used by employers in the area, and may include clinical work with patients. This helps ensure our graduates have the confidence and real-world skills to succeed on the job.

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Florida Tech

Type: Private Non-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:150 W. University Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901

Advance Your Education, 100% Online.

• Regionally Accredited

• Ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and The Princeton Review

• Accomplished Faculty and Distinguished Alumni

 

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Keiser University

Type: Private Non-Profit

Institution Level: Between 2 and 4 years

Location:1500 NW 49th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

At Keiser University we are here to help you succeed by providing the professional and academic foundation to meet your educational goals and objectives. Keiser University continues to be a valuable partner to employers, the community, and, above all, a valued choice for students serious about their education and career.

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