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INDUSTRY INSIGHT

FINANCIAL SERVICES AND ACCOUNTING

The financial services and accounting sector features careers and organizations that engage customers in financial transactions, which often involve the creation, liquidation, or change-in-ownership of financial assets. This field includes roles that interact with funds and accounts daily as well as those who help ensure the financial systems are stable, reliable and growing. 

Academic Pursuits

A career in the financial services and accounting field is exciting and meaningful. Students build the skills they need to help individuals and organizations make wise financial decisions through classroom instruction and hands-on experiences, including a student-managed endowment fund of more than $1 million. If the financial services and accounting sector is interesting to you, you will be able to find a career that will fit your own unique interests, skills and values. 

This sector needs bright and organized professionals who can forecast and manage complex financial systems. UW Oshkosh alumni who currently work in the education sector have studied: 

  • Accounting 
  • Advertising  
  • Computer Science  
  • Economics 
  • Finance 
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Information Systems 
  • Management 
  • Marketing 
  • Political Science 
  • Public Relations 
  • Pre-Law 
  • Supply Chain Management 

Average Starting Salary

The average salary for UW Oshkosh graduates who are working in this field within the first year of graduating

UW Oshkosh also offers minors and certificates that can accompany any major and provide you with a specific additional focus. 

  • Advertising 
  • Analytics 
  • Business Administration 
  • Business Analytics and Analysis 
  • Business Economics 
  • Business Fundamentals 
  • Cost Management 
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Digital Marketing 
  • Enterprise Resource Planning 
  • Finance and Investments 
  • Financial Management 
  • Global Business 
  • Insurance and Risk Management 
  • International Business or Economics 
  • Law and Policy 
  • Operations Research 
  • Organizational Communication 
  • Risk Management and Actuarial Science 
  • Sales 
  • Statistics 
  • Sustainability Management 
  • Web and Mobile Development 

Job Outlook

The employment outlook in the financial services and accounting sector varies greatly depending on the position, organization and location. From 2020–2030, the following occupations will grow: 

%

Financial Advisors

%

Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers

%

Accountants and Auditors

TOP CAREER AREAS

BUSINESS 

Actuary, certified public accountant (CPA), economist, financial advisor or planner, financial analyst, insurance agent, investment banker, portfolio manager, securities trader, stock trader, tax accountant

MARKETING 

Marketing and communications, public relations 

ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT 

Benefits specialist, human resources specialist, project manager 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 

Network and database administrator, software developer 

IN-DEMAND SKILLS

  • Organization 
  • Problem Solving 
  • Creativity 
  • Adaptability 
  • Analytical thinking 
  • Active listening 
  • Time management 

Work in the Financial Services and Accounting Field

Our alumni who work in this field have worked with the following organizations.

Salary and employment statistics for UW Oshkosh graduates are self reported and given based on their experiences and opportunities they secured within 9 months after graduation. Data is pulled from the UW Oshkosh First Destination Survey and is an average of reported data from the previous three years.

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