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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.


Financial management is concerned with making decisions about pursuing uncertain investment opportunities and deciding how to finance these investments. The details of the decision-making environment change over time and across organizations, but the basic principles are quite stable.

The Finance area provides a strong foundation in these basic principles so that finance students will be able to adapt to changing environments throughout their careers. Basic principles are taught in a theory framework, but many courses include cases and current news events to illustrate the theory.

Many finance courses use spreadsheet and statistical software on personal computers. The Finance area maintains several databases of security prices and returns, and corporate financial information. These databases are often used in industry and several courses introduce students to them.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Specific application of these skills is dependent on the role:

  • Analytical Ability
  • Ability to Communicate
  • Broad Knowledge of the industry
  • Ability to Reason
  • Out-of-the-box thinking
  • High Interest in Financial Markets
  • Humility
  • Inquisitive
  • Mathematical Aptitude
  • Ability to organize organizational and client goals 

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Account Manager, Commercial Markets
  • Budget Officer
  • Capital Budgeting Analyst
  • Commodity Trader
  • Compliance Officer
  • Equity Research Assistant
  • Financial Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Credit Manager
  • Financial Services Representative
  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Junior Treasury Analyst
  • Sales Analyst
  • Mortgage /Real Estate
  • Research Associate
  • Underwriting Assistant
  • Bank lending Officer
  • Corporate Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Security Underwriting
  • Investment
  • Joint Venture Analyst

Potential Industries

  • Corporate and International Financial Management
  • Personal Financial Planning and Investment Firms
  • Law Firms
  • Oil & Gas
  • Brokerage firms
  • Retail
  • Wholesale & Distribution
  • Telecommunication Firms, Software and IT
  • Marketing & Media
  • Commercial and Investment Banks
  • Government Departments
  • Money Management Firms
  • Insurance Firms, Real Estate
  • Construction Firms, Manufacturing, Engineering firms
  • Health Care
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations

Associations & Professional Development

Additional Resources

Student Clubs

Aligned Majors

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.

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Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Haskayne School of Business
Scurfield Hall, 351
T: 403.220.6593

Haskayne Career Centre
Scurfield Hall, 350
T: 403.220.6743

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020