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What is a Financial Services degree all about?

Finance is the management of money which provides graduates a broad opportunity to work in accounting, financial analysis, investments, commercial banking, and in the insurance industry.

In investments, finance helps investors trade stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. In addition, financial planners help customers manage financial assets and provide financial advice.

The demand within the trillion-dollar insurance industry for Financial Services degree graduates is strong as our population gets older and wealthier. Jobs in insurance involve helping individuals and businesses manage risk to protect themselves from catastrophic losses and to anticipate potential risk areas using auto, home, life, business and health insurance.

There is a tremendous range of opportunities in commercial banking from becoming a teller, personal banker or even a loan officer. While the banking sector continues to consolidate, more people are employed in commercial banking than any other part of the financial services industry.

The accounting classes help an individual to plan, manage and analyze the financial and monetary aspects of business enterprises. Students will be exposed to corporate accounting and will have an understanding of corporate transactions including stocks and bonds.

Financial analysis is an exciting career opportunity for individuals who love to work with numbers and who enjoy math. Financial analysts use business data to make management, commercial loan and investment decisions. Many graduates of the Financial Services program utilize financial analysis in their careers in accounting, investments, banking and insurance.

Finally, if you enjoy entrepreneurship, you'll have a broader education that will assist you in nearly any business-related direction you choose to pursue. Finance is the lifeblood of the business world.

Norb Christman, Finance Program Graduate

Read Success by the Numbers to see how a Finance degree changed this student's life.

Norb Christman, WITC Alumni, was recently named vice-president of Pioneer Bank of Wisconsin.