This Cluster includes career opportunities that relate to making strategic decisions to obtain, save, protect, and grow the financial assets of businesses and individuals. Individuals working in finance must have strong computation, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
Accounting encompasses careers that record, classify, summarize, analyze, and communicate a businessâ€™s financial information/business transactions for use in management decision-making. Accounting includes such activities as bookkeeping, systems design, analysis, and interpretation of accounting information.
Banking Services is primarily concerned with accepting deposits, lending funds, and extending credit. Banking services include cash management, short-term investments, mortgages and other loans, credit cards, and bill payment. Banking services are delivered via a number of different institutions, from commercial banks (the largest group) and other traditional means (savings and loans associations, credit unions, and local banks) to newer ventures through brokerage houses, and the Internet.
Business Finance provides policy management and strategy for (and the implementation of) capital structure, budgeting, and acquisition and investment, financial modeling and planning, funding, dividends, and taxation.
Insurance is an industry that exists to protect individuals and businesses from financial losses, and delivers â€œproductsâ€ that transfer risk from an individual or business to an insurance company.
Securities and Investments consists of brokerage firms, investment banks, and stock exchanges, all of which support the flow of funds from investors to companies and institutions. Related services include financial planning, asset management, hedge fund management, and custody services.