Every organization needs someone to keep the books straight. People in this field head up financial and accounting departments, develop policies and performance standards and write reports for senior management. Duties might include preparing financial statements, co-ordinating budgets and alerting management to trends that might affect a company’s financial performance.
You’ll need a bachelor’s degree in a field such as business administration, economics or commerce. A master’s degree in business administration might also be helpful. These are senior positions, so you’ll require several years of experience in fields such as accounting, auditing, budgeting or financial planning.
The median salary for financial managers is $96,000.
One downside to this career is it isn’t growing very quickly, with just 3% more people working as financial managers than there were five years ago. Five years from now, the government predicts there won’t be quite enough jobs for all those seeking work in this field.
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