Finance Career Options

What is finance?

Finance is the management of money which includes investing, borrowing, lending, budgeting, saving and forecasting. There are four main areas of finance: banks, institutions, public accounting and corporate.

What can I do with a major in finance?

Finance can be the most lucrative of all business careers, and the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University is the perfect training ground. With myriad opportunities for internships, mentoring and career networking, our graduates land positions that run the gamut from financial planning and investment portfolio management to negotiating mergers and acquisitions, stock brokerage and more all the way up to the C-suite.

Students graduating with a major in finance continue to be in demand as job opportunities are expected to grow at a rate faster than average for all occupations. This will be due, in part, to a growing range of financial products, an aging population seeking financial planning advice and new regulations that will likely require more examiners.

Learn more about undergraduate and graduate finance programs offered at the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

Areas of finance

Traditional career titles

Entry-level titles in finance

Top industries in finance

  • Stockbroker
  • Budget analyst
  • Credit analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Investment banker
  • Financial auditor
  • Financial analyst
  • Personal financial advisor
  • Investment banking analyst
  • Junior tax associate/accountant
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Investment Banking
  • Personal financial planning
  • Corporate and public finance

Guide to internships and full-time employment

Career fair

Career fairs are held each year for all business school students and alumni. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with employers for internships, co-op positions and full-time employment. Login to Handshake to search for upcoming career fairs and make an appointment with Career Planning and Placement for a resume review ahead of time!


  • Internships occur during the fall, winter and summer months. Students apply for internships throughout the year.
  • Recruiting for full-time employment typically occurs during the semester prior to a position's expected start date.
  • Browse the list of helpful resources on the back of this brochure, or apply directly on the company's website.

Quick prep tips

  1. Create your profile on Handshake.
  2. Submit your resume for review and approval on Handshake or schedule an appointment with a career advisor to review.
  3. Research potential internships and employers, apply for positions, and register for career fairs and other events.
  4. Meet with a career advisor for one-on-one guidance. Know your options! Research companies in accounting.
  5. Attend meet & greets, company presentations and career fair prep workshops, and mock interviews.
  6. Need help with professional attire? Make an appointment to check out the Mary Ann Goldsberry Professional Dress Closet located in Career Planning and Placement, Suite 299.

Helpful Resources