Online Finance Bachelor's Degree

Overview

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The finance field took a direct hit during the recession, but it’s bouncing back and shifting focus. With traditional Wall Street gigs - banking, investment and lending - taking heat for risky trades and negligent policies, careers in risk management and financial regulation are taking off, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

An online bachelor’s degree in finance, which combines accounting, investment and management, can prepare students for both traditional and nontraditional finance jobs.

Course Work

Example courses
Contemporary regulatory issues
Financial management
Global finance
Investment and portfolio management
Financial institutions and markets

Students earning their finance degree online will take introductory courses, such as financial reporting, principles of finance and credit analysis - even psychology, depending on the program - before getting into the nitty-gritty of their field with international finance, portfolio management and risk management classes.

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Job Outlook

Median salaries*
Real estate broker and sales agent $42,500
Personal financial adviser $64,500
Budget analyst $68,000
Financial analyst $74,000
Securities and commodities sales agent $70,000
Financial manager $100,000

*per the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

Finance ranks among the top 30 undergraduate degrees for salary potential, with a starting median salary of nearly $48,000 and a midcareer median pay of more than $85,000, according to PayScale, an online salary database. Potential career routes for new graduates include budget or financial analyst, personal financial adviser, real estate broker and securities sales agent.

Students can increase their earning potential by moving into a management position after gaining some experience in the field. Financial managers, for example, have a median salary of more than $100,000, but these positions often require at least five years of experience.

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